The stunning thatched houses of Shirakawago are wonderful examples of unique ancient Japanese architectural design. The largest of the 114 Gassho-zukuri houses in the village is the Wada House. It is a beautifully handmade wooden house in the centre of the village. The mayor or person of significant importance in the community would reside here. Step inside the well preserved, solid, three-storey building with open plan living. The welcoming grand hall has a hearth which warms the whole house. On the ground floor are the main living and sleeping quarters. Above are the mezzanine and spacious wooden beamed attic that overlooks the scenic village.
To get a real sense of Shirakawago’s scale and beauty, climb up the steep road to the Observation Platform. Pass the rice paddy fields and wooden huts. At the top, get your breath back and look out to the most beautiful panoramic view. It seems like the mountains are hugging the village.