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

  • 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
  • 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

We can relax and look a variety of Gassho style houses

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Gassho Zukuri Minkaen is an open air museum about Gassho Zukuri (Style) house. It is about a few minutes from an information center of Shirakawa-go. Shirakawa-go itself seems to be an open air museum and we can enter some of them. However, actually, people still live and spend daily life there. We cannot disturb them.

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

We can learn history of Shirakawa-go and some data about life in Shirakawa-go. We can see a hearth in the floor and go to an attic. And, we can stay their for a while. Some commodities, clothes and photos are also exhibited in some houses. So, we 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 spent there for a while when fire occurs and they lost their houses. We can look closely the thatched roof there. And also, we can see a water wheel, a pond, a small shrine and beautiful mountains. The atmosphere of the museum is very relaxing.

And, although we need to make a reservation, we can experience some traditional handicrafts like creating Waraji (Straw sandals), Hide crafted and dyeing clothes in the museum. We can experience making traditional noodles called soba and rice cake. And, there is a soba restaurant and we can eat there.

Between the museum and an 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

Shirakawago Gasshozukuri Minkaen is an open air museum with 26 "Gasshozukuri houses" that were relocated in it. It includes a shrine, a main temple hall and a watermill all in gasshozukuri (an architecture method for a house with a steep rafter roof). 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. Farming tools, sericulture tools, and many other things are displayed inside the buildings. At the Yamashita Haruro house, you can see one of the oldest gasshozukuri from the mid-18th century, and the unique horse sleigh.

By the way, there is a slider near the souvenir shop, so you may enjoy and refresh yourself. Ice creams sold at the shop have mild flavors and are at reasonable prices. (Vanilla flavor 300 yen, “doburoku (unrefined local sake)”, “yomogi (mugwort in Japanese)”, and “tochinomi (Japanese horse chestnut)” flavors 200 yen) The yomogi and doburoku flavors are popular local flavors. 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!

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