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和田家 Wada Ke

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  • Around Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
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Around Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
997 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura Ono-gun, Gifu, 501-5627, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/24

One of the biggest houses in Shirakawa-go

  • Historical Building

Address:Hagi-machi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu pref.
Japan Category : Building
Opening Hours:9:00-17:00
Tel. : +81-5769-6-1058

1. Outline
Wada house is a typical gassho-zukuri house and one of the biggest houses in Shirakawa-go. Its size is 22.3m X 12.8m, a three story building. The Wada family has been here from the 1570's and the house was built in the late Edo period, about 300 years ago. At that time more than 20 people were living in this house. In 1995, the Wada house, main house, storehouse, toilet as well as garden have been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. While still being used as a residence, it is possible to visit the house. Already more than 300 years passed but it is well maintained and still in good condition to live.

The Wada house was handling of gunpowder and sericulture, raising silkworm. The second and third floor of the high roof were the workshops, they had a natural humidity control function suitable for the sericulture. Here we can imagine the actual life of the late Edo period.

2. Entrance fee
Adults : 300 yen
Children : 150 yen

3. Access
Take a bus from Takayama station, Nagoya station or Kanazawa station. You can reach these stations easily by JR trains. Or you can drive the Tokai-hokuriku highway and get off at Shirakawa-go interchange.
Wada house is about 10 minutes walk from the Shirakawa-go bus terminal.

4. My recommendations
Wada family is still living in this house, and they guide us through the real life in a gassho-zukuri house, a quite original and ecol-friendly Japanese lifestyle.

5. Best visit time
Spring and Autumn is especially beautiful with cherry blossoms and colorful leaves.
Winter is also beautiful but you may experience some difficulties because of heavy snow.

6. Other
As German architect Bruno Taut (1880 – 1938), urban planner and author active during the Weimar period, praised gassho-zukuri house's uniqueness of rational and logical structure, we cannot find similar style building in all the world. After Bruno Taut's visit Shirakawa-go, many Japanese people found the real value of this architectural style.

Date of post:2015/07/23

The Most Famous House in Shirakawa-go

  • Historical Building

Wada House is the most famous house of the Shirakawa village, the UNESCO World Heritage site. The house is the largest "gasshozukuri" (an architecture method for a house with a steep rafter roof) house in existence. The Wada family had served as village headmen or officers for generations.

In the main building, there is a huge hall with a fireplace, a living room, a room with the family’s Buddhist altar, a guest room and bedrooms. You can see the traditional furniture such as sliding doors, Buddhist altar, tatami rooms and a low table for dining. The best of all is the large attic room. When climbing up the steep stairs, there is a shiny black ceiling, timbers and pillars, which are all tied up without any nails. The construction is very practical. For example, by letting the smoke up to the ceiling from the fireplace on the first floor, the timber would be sterilized and dried by the smoke that prevents from getting rotten. From the attic window, you can see the village. Many tools used in daily life and sericulture are displayed too.

By the way, some signs that say, “Please do not disturb. It’s our residence from here” might surprise you. Some people still live in this house so please respect their lives.

  • * 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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