The Japanese farmhouses of Shirakawa-go resemble the hands of a Buddhist monk pressed together in a prayer. And that’s what the name ‘gassho-zukuri’ farmhouses translates to – “constructed like hands in prayer”. These stunning thatched roofs were originally designed this way to withstand the heavy snow in the region. Now the huts serve as hotels to tourists from all over the world who want to stay overnight in Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go’s largest village. There’s also the region of Gokayama, which I personally recommend more because of its smaller and more intimate villages.
Where is it: Shirakawa, Ono District, Japan
Why visit: The traditional ‘gassho-zukuri’ farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old, which are stunning to look at put ‘.’ everywhere uniformly
How to reach: Reach Tokyo from anywhere in the world, and from there go to Shin-Takaoka Station via train in 3 hours. Take the 2-hour bus ride to Shirakawa-go thence.