Places to stay near Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama
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Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are on the banks of the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountain region from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the villages are famous for the homes built in the traditional architectural style named Gassho-zukuri. Gassho-zukuri otherwise known as "prayer hands construction", is usually characterized by thatched roofs resembling two monks hands joined in prayer. The buildings are often three to four stories high and built to withstand the snow and harsh elements that the region experiences in the winter months.