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Day trip to Shirakawa-go from Takayama 2019/3/25 17:12
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Will be visiting Takayama staying for a few nights exploring the region. I was thinking of staying in Shirakawa-go but found out that most of the ryokan do not accept single guests for some reason (not really cost related apparently).

Is doing a daytrip to Shirakawa-go worth it without staying in the farm houses?

I will be going to Takayama in summer. I hear Shirakawa-go is better seen in winter colors.
by Day (guest)  

Re: Day trip to Shirakawa-go from Takayama 2019/3/25 18:58
It is pretty but slushy and slippery in winter. I've not been in summer but I think it would be nice
by Lazy Pious (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Day trip to Shirakawa-go from Takayama 2019/3/25 19:34
I have stayed as a single person at Shirakawago in 2012. However, I got the Shirakawago Tourist office to find a house to stat in (if there was no accommodation I was going to stay in Takayama if not).

However, note that there is not a whole lot to do at Shirakawago specifically after 5PM......
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Day trip to Shirakawa-go from Takayama 2019/3/26 06:21
There is a historical village just outside of Takayama with very similar houses to those seen in Shirakawago.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5901.html

by Me2 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Day trip to Shirakawa-go from Takayama 2019/3/26 11:23
A day trip is what I did. I wanted to stay at a farmhouse overnight as well, but it is definitely not cheap.
It's fine as a day trip and you can be done with the place in just a few hours (don't miss the village overlook as well). I was stunned to see countless numbers of Chinese tourists all over the place. The whole area is really quite touristy - if you want to get away from that, you'd need to go to some other place like Gokayama.
The Hida Folk Village mentioned above was definitely wonderful - it has some good English explanations and you can go through so many more buildings - the big difference is that they are not occupied anymore. You also get a much better sense of what people in the past had to go through in order to survive their harsh winters.
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