24 March 2018 Shirakawa-go, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu Prefecture 501-5600, Japan

SHIRAKAWA-GO, JAPAN TRAVELOGUE

SHIRAKAWA-GO, JAPAN TRAVELOGUE

I saw many influencers / bloggers went to Shirakawa-go recently. And then, I found out my Shirakawa-go blog post is still pending in the draft box. Well, I guess it is a perfect time to continue writing about it. Stop giving myself an excuse for laziness. Lol. If you guys plan to pay a visit soon, hope you guys will enjoy reading and bookmark this as reference.

ABOUT SHIRAKAWA-GO
Shirakawa (白川村, Shirakawa-mura) is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri. Together with Gokayama in Nanto, Toyama, it is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.


ABOUT THE TOURISM SEASON
The four seasons at Shirakawa-go are; Spring (March – May) – cherry blossoms & rice paddies, Summer (June – August) – lush green trees, Fall sees festivals and vivid colors of the changing leaves, Winter features beautiful snowscapes.
The most popular seasons for tourism are May, August, September, and October. We went there on May which is spring season.

Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a Japanese mountain settlement in what was once considered a wild and unexplored region. Because of the area’s natural environment, with high mountains and heavy snowfall, interaction with neighboring regions was limited. 

However, this also created the conditions for the development of unique cultural practices and lifestyles. Now registered as a World Cultural Heritage site,  we can enjoy experiencing the culture and traditions that live on in Shirakawa-go today.



Once I step in the village. I was like "OMG! This place is amazingly beautiful!" I feel like I'm in one of the scene in Japanese anime now. This kind of scene is the one that we normally watched in the anime. The view was so cultural and breath-taking.


Throwback to the time that I was still skinny. These photo was taken at 2015. Now my body is all bloated. Lol. I miss my body at old days (Sigh...)


Back to the topic, isn't these views are so beautiful? I can imagine the landscape and movie scene in "My Neighbour Totoro" already!


ACCOMMODATIONS
In Shirakawa-go there are over 40 inns and guesthouses built in the gassho style or with traditional Japanese architecture, including a number of hotels with easy access for anyone, all require reservations. Please understand that some accommodations may not be able to respond to reservation requests in languages other than Japanese. Since we just visit her for one day trip, so we didn't stay overnight. However, I would suggest you guys do so because the views are totally worth it!


Family group photo before we left the beautiful place.


Saw this big fat caterpillars while we on the way to the tour bus! This is my first time to see a caterpillar in this size. There are everywhere so make sure you guys don't step on it during your visit. I saw few of them already dead when I was there, guess some of the tourists doesn't noticed while they are step on them. Feel so pity because they are so cute.

HOW TO GO
Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is located in the northwestern part of Gifu Prefecture, in the approximate center of Japan. Arriving from overseas, it is easily accessible by public transport of rental-car.


( Map)


There's a convenient shop nearby. We also bought some souvenirs for our friends and family before we left. KitKat with strawberry cheese cake flavour is so delicious! KitKat with azuki (red bean) flavour also not bad but might a little bit too sweet for me.




We then head to a traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch.

They served us set meal which including pork with miso sauce, tofu, grilled fish, cawanmushi, miso soup and rice.

All the food are so "oishi" and fresh! The pork is cook on the spot.


While we on the way to Osaka, we stopped by at a petrol station and we bought some snacks to eat on the bus. This waffle ice cream was so yummy! Basically I like Japanese ice cream in many forms such as soft serve, waffle, ice stick and no matter they are in any kind of form, they're still taste good.


Introducing one of my favourite snack in Japan. These french fries is super edible! It comes in special kind of shape (check out the photo above). It is crispy on the outside and soft inside. Served with tomato ketchup as well. Definitely need to try this while you pay a visit!




Another snack that I must eat at Japan was onigiri (rice ball).

It was actually my favourite food that I will eat everywhere even in Malaysia.

I bought mentaiko onigiri and eat on the bus while on the way to Osaka.

DOTONBORI
Ta-da! We had arrived in Dotonbori, OsakaDōtonbori or Dōtombori is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan, running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city's Chuo ward. It was our second visit here and we still love this place a lot.


Me and my siblings love to shop at one of the drugstore that located at the corner (forgot the name and take picture) and H&M. Since when we visit Japan and they started to change season, they are having sale. Me and my younger sister shop till drop. Lol

HOW TO GO
Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line for 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shin-OsakaStation. Take a subway for 15 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Namba Station. FromOsaka(Namba Station): [Walk] A five-minute walk from Namba Station to the Dotonbori area.


The next day, after we had our breakfast at hotel (the photo shown above is just half of the meal, I forgot to take photo of the main course lol), then we prepare to go to the airport and fly back to Malaysia.


And that was my second time to take Business Class flight. I can straighten my legs and lay down like I'm on bed. It was a night flight tho, so I just listen to Avicii's music while sleeping. That's all for today. XOXO.

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18 comments

  1. Shirakawa-go is like a scene from an old Japanese movie. It's surreal. Wouldn't it be great to live there and not worry about work or money?

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    1. I know right. It is so relax and peace if I live there. =)

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  2. I would love to be there, the place looks beautiful!

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  3. I wish 1 day I travel to Japan. I'm love reading your travel entry & all your travel photos are awesome.

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    1. Someday you can too dear! Awww~ Thanks for the compliments <3

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  4. Beautiful! Adding this to my list if I ever get to go back to Japan!

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    1. Oh yeah! Trust me, it will be worth it.

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  5. Wow!! I wish to travel to Japan one day! I suppose to go Japan on next month but then my husband couldn't take leave for so many days, so we are going somewhere on June :)

    Love,
    MissJasJas
    www.missjasjas.com

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    1. OMG! You're married already? I'm going to Japan on July again. =)

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  6. It's still my Fav place to go. Esp the lovely scenery on the train to there

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  7. Yerrr. Loving all your travel postings. Make me wanna visit them all :/

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  8. I always want to go there especially winter time !!! XDDD

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    1. Yes! Shirakawa-go is so pretty during winter time leh~

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  9. you should try going during winter, it's extra cold but worth it to take photos! been there twice and I love it!

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    1. Yeah. I saw many beautiful photo on insta during winter season. Will visit there next time. =)

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