Virtuoso Traveler - October/November 2017 - 47
There's no place like home.
Shirakawa-go's Gassho-zukuri village is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And for good reason. This remote village in central Japan is home to the extremely rare
Gassho-style houses characterized by their steeply pitched roofs and massive wooden
beams. The houses are able to endure the heavy snowfalls of winter, while the upper
reaches are ideal for cultivating silkworms. Come see the houses for yourself. "A style
all their own" is putting it mildly.