Wednesday, February 25, 2009

World Heritage Site - Shiragawa-go(白川郷), Gassho-zukuri Village

Our plans to visit Gassho-zukuri in Takayama area was made weeks back and we were concerned whether we will be able to catch the snow. Decided that it was a risk worth taking, the Tan Tans proceeded on with the 3hrs train ride to Nagoya followed by another 2hrs train ride to Gero Onsen (Top 3 onsen in Japan) for a break and dip before proceeding another hour to Takayama. It was a risk worth taking.

Snow greeted us on the way.

The 1hour bus ride to Shiragawa-go (白川郷) was scenic though Mr Tan Tan is sleeping most of the time and the sights at Shiragawa-go was fabulous

The interesting part about the Gassho-zukuri is that no nails are used in the making of the huts. It is somehow similiar to ancient China methodology of building palaces without nails. The structure are set in a way with the enhanced roof to take the weight of the heavy snow.
and of cos, we had our fair share of fun with the snow!
The light-up in Hida Folk village in Takayama as the Tan Tans had to catch the last bus back from Shiragawa-go at 1630hrs before the lightup. And so, the Tan Tans settled on the second best option. Hida folk village where some of the original Gassho-zukuri are moved to.
And we came across interesting sights like the snowman as well as a dustbin shaped like the Gassho.

And well, introducing one of Tan Tans fav food find there, the Hida beef bun. . yummy