CHUBU-GIFU: Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Travel Guide. A collection of villages that have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. The farmhouses are built in the Gassho-zukuri style which means "constructed like hands in prayer". There are many small museums that explain the history and lifestyle of the region, and there are opportunities to stay at the farmhouses overnight.
The largest village in the mountainous Shirakawa-go region of Gifu Prefecture, Ogimachi preserves many massive gassho-zukuri farm houses in its village center and an adjacent open-air museum. The best way to experience the village is to overnight at one of the farm houses.
Shirakawago & Gokayama: UNESCO World Heritage Villages
One of the best places to experience rural Japan is deep in the Japan Alps with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage villages of Shirakawago and Gokayama.