What is a Ryokan? Ryokans are the best way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy the true comforts of Japanese hospitality and service.
Hot springs have a very long history in Japan, and they are an intimate part of Japanese culture. There are over 3,000 "onsen" ,or hot springs, in Japan. Many can be found at the ryokans available on Japanese Guest Houses.
Shirakawago is widely known as one of the most scenic places in Japan. It is surrounded by pine tree covered mountains, and it is located along the picturesque Shokawa River. Besides the beautiful scenery, the unique Japanese thatched-roof farmhouses are the center of attraction. There are approximately 180 thatched farmhouses, sheds, and barns, and most of them were built about 200-300 years ago. The residents of Shirakawago still live in several small villages. The most popular village for visitors is Ogimachi which in 1995 was declared World Cultural and Heritage Site. Although it is off the beaten track, Shirakawago is well worth the visit. Please note. All Minshuku (Japanese style farm house) only allow guests to stay a maximum of 1 night in each house. If you would like to stay 2 or more nights you will need stay each night in different houses. Also please do not bring any large suitcases as there is not room to store it in the minshuku. Alternative destinations with easy access to Shirakawa-go are Takayama and Kanazawa. An alternative destination to Shirakawago is Ainokura which also offers gassho tsukuri thatched roof farmhouse accommodations.
** Super Important Points **
- Check In Before 17:00 (5:00pm)
- Pay with Japanese Yen Cash Only
Check In for Dinner Before 17:00
It is very important to check in to your minshuku by 17:00 (5:00pm). If you arrive after this time then they will not be able to serve you dinner but yo will be charged for it. Also there are no other evening restaurants or shops to buy dinner so you will go hungry. We do not want you to go hungry so please check in before 17:00 (5:00pm).
Cash Only Payment:
Minshukus in Shirakawa-go only accept payment by yen cash, so make sure you have enough cash when you travel to Shirakawago, also please note that ATMs only work during business hours on business days. Please get cash in a large city before you come to Shirakawago. If you do not have enough cash the innkeepers may call the police.
Food is purchased and prepared fresh for each traveler. Please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation as these minshuku are family owned, small accommodations so "no shows" cost them money in wasted food and an open room. Also maintaining these historical farm houses is expensive but the families do this as an act of love.
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Welcome to Kanja. Located in the middle of Shirakawa-go, Kanja is a Gassho-Zukuri located on a hill with a very nice view of the surrounding area. From the entrance, guests can see Myozenji Temple. The owners of Kanja recently renovated the building and remade the traditional thatched roof typical of the gassho-zukuri in this part of Japan. There is a traditional Japanese-style hearth in the dining area. Kanja has 4 guest rooms, and fresh local vegetable dishes are its specialty. Check-i...
Welcome to Shirakawago-Shimizu. This Gassho-Zukuri has a 200 year old history, and there are 3 traditional Japanese-style guest rooms. There is also a shared bath and toilet facilities for the guests. Homemade Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Shirakawago-Shimizu. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 9:00 am. Some English is spoken. Good to know: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in January and February so please bring a pair of boots. S...
Welcome to Magoemon. This is one of the larger Gassho Zukuri style of accommodations in Shirakawa-go with six guest rooms accommodating up to 18 guests. There is a Japanese-style open hearth, and from Magoemon guests can even see an old fashioned wooden suspension bridge over the famous Shirokawa river. Magoemon serves fresh, seasonal vegetables throughout the year. Check-in is after 15:00 and check-out is before 10:00 am. Snow Warning: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in January an...
Welcome to Hisamatsu. This Gassho-Zukuri was built during the Edo Period (1600-1868) and is perfect for guests looking to experience Japan in a very traditional way. It has 4 Japanese-style guest rooms. At the Hisamatsu none of the guest rooms have a private bath or toilet. From their room guest can enjoy the view on the mountain and on the Shirakawa-go village. Homemade Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Hisamatsu. Warning: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in ...
Welcome to Yokichi, a thatched-roof Gassho Zukuri style of building in Shirakawa-go. Yokichi is a quaint, historical place full of character and perfect for the guest who wishes to experience traditional Japanese hospitality. Built over 110 years ago, Yokichi has been in business for the past 30 years. Yokichi has 5 Japanese-style rooms, and can accommodate up to 20 guests. It is located near the Shirakawa river. At night, guests can hear the sound of the river as they go to sleep. Local ...
Welcome to Kidoya. This Gassho-Zukuri has 5 traditional Japanese-style guest rooms. There is also a shared bath and toilet facilities for the guests. Homemade Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Kidoya. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 9:00 am. Some English is spoken. Snow Warning: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in January and February so please bring a pair of boots. Shirakawa-go can get up to 2 meters (over 6 feet) of snow in Februar...
Welcome to Koemon. This Gassho-Zukuri minshuku was built during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and is perfect for guests looking to experience Japan in a very traditional way. It has 5 Japanese-style guest rooms without their own private baths or toilets, and there is a family bath that can be used from 17:00-21:00. Local, Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests in an Irori sunken hearth room at Koemon.
Welcome to Nodaniya. This Gassho-Zukuri was built 150 years ago and is perfect for guests looking to experience Japan in a very traditional way. It has 4 traditional Japanese-style guest rooms. At the Nodaniya none of the guest rooms have a private bath or toilet. From their room guest can enjoy the view on the pond or on the waterwheel. Homemade Japanese-style cuisine, especially fresh vegetables from the mountain are served to the guests at Nodaniya.
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Welcome to Shirakawa-go No Yu. This Modern Ryokan is located in the Shirakawa-go village. Shirakawa-go No Yu is the only ryokan with hot spring baths in the Shirakawa-go village. Please note that this is Not a Gassho Zukuri farmhouse. Shirakawa-go No Yu offers nine guests rooms and two of those rooms have a private bath and toilet. From your room you can enjoy views on the mountains or river. Shirakawa-go No Yu serves fresh, seasonal vegetables, beef, river fish throughout the year...
Welcome to the Tosuke No Yu Fujiya. This traditional Minshuku is located along the Sho River, 20 minutes away from the Shirakawa-go village. Tosuke No Yu Fujiya house was build 150 years ago and has 8 Japanese style rooms, 2 Japanese combine Western style rooms and a traditional Japanese deluxe style suite. All rooms have their own private toilet however their are no private bath in the guest rooms. There is a family bath that can be reserved for private use. Tosuke No Yu Fujiya serves tr...
Hyogo-ken Chijitoroku Ryokogyo 3-609
(Hyogo Prefecture Travel Agent License Number 3-609)
10-5-401-1-(2) Sakae-machi, Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken Japan
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