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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 Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in the Shogawa river valley stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in northern Japan. Shirakawa-gō (白川郷, "White River Old-District") is located in the village of Shirakawa in Gifu Prefecture. The Gokayama (五箇山, "Five Mountains") area is divided between the former villages of Kamitaira and Taira in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture.