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野外博物館合掌造り民家園 Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
  • Around Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
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  • Closed[Dec-Mar] Thursday, [Apr-Nov] Open Every Day

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Around Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
2499 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura Ono-gun, Gifu, 501-5627, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
Opening Hours
[Mar-Nov] 8:40-17:00, [Dec-Feb] 9:00-16:00
[Dec-Mar] Thursday, [Apr-Nov] Open Every Day
Date of post:2015/07/24

Relax in a traditional atmosphere

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Gassho Zukuri Minka-en is an open air museum about gassho houses. It is about a few minutes from an information center of Shirakawa-go.
Shirakawa-go itself seems to be an open air museum and you can enter some of them. However, actually, people still live there so it is important to remember not to disturb the inhabitants.

In Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, there are 26 houses including 9 houses registered as important architectural monuments and buildings of Gifu prefecture. You can also see the oldest house in Shirakawa-go. They were relocated and reconstructed in the open air museum. You can look at them carefully from the outside and the inside. And you can read some explanation about each house.

You can learn history of Shirakawa-go and some data about life in Shirakawa-go. You can see a hearth in the floor, go to an attic, and stay there for a while. Some commodities, clothes and photos are also exhibited in some houses. So, you can imagine life in Shirakawa-go.

A framed roofed barn which looks like an only thatched roof is also exhibited in the center of the museum. People escaped and stayed there for a while when there was a fire in a house. You can also see a water wheel, a pond, a small shrine and beautiful mountains. The atmosphere of the museum is very relaxing.

And, although you need to make a reservation, you can experience some traditional handicrafts like creating straw sandals, hide craft and dyeing clothes in the museum.You can experience making traditional noodles and rice cake. And, there is a traditional noodles restaurant too.

Between the museum and the information center, there are also some restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. So, please check them out.

Date of post:2015/07/23

For a Deeper Understanding of Gassho-zukuri Structures and its Culture

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Minka-en is an open-air museum with 26 "Gassho-zukuri houses" that were relocated in it. It includes a shrine, a main temple hall and a watermill, all in Gassho-zukuri structure. It is near the bus stop and the main information center. The museum is not so crowded, so you can look around at your own pace.

You can see inside most of the buildings. Inside the buildings, farming tools, sericulture tools, and many others are displayed. At the Yamashita Haruro House, you can see one of the oldest Gassho-zukuri structures from the mid-18th century, and the unique horse sleigh.

By the way, there is a slider play equipment near the souvenir shop, so you may yelp with delight and refresh yourself. Ice creams sold at the shop have mild flavors and are at reasonable prices. (Vanilla flavor 300 yen, Doburoku, Yomogi, Tochinomi flavors 200 yen). The Yomogi and Doburoku flavors of the local specialties are popular. Yomogi is a wild plant, but it doesn't have a bitter taste. If you like Matcha flavors, I think you will like Yomogi flavor, too!

*Brochures in English/Chinese/Thai are available.

  • * The information above is from the date of the review. Please be aware that some of the content may vary from the most recent information.
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