I traveled to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go for three days and two nights. This is my second visit to Hida Takayama and Shirakawa-go since I visited them for the first time in September 2014. In addition, I also went to Hida Furukawa, which is the filming locations of “Your name/Kimi no na wa”, a blockbuster Japanese anime film. In this article, I will write about evening and night view in Shirakawa-go as part of Day 1.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day1: Shinjuku – Takayama – Shirakawa-go
* Day1: Shirakawa-go
* Day1: Shirakawa-go (Evening and night view) [This article]
* Day2: Shirakawa-go (Morning walk)
* Day2: Takayama 1
* Day2: Takayama 2
* Day2: Takayama (Evening and night view)
* Day3: Takayama (Morning market)
* Day3: Hida Furukawa
Evening View in Shirakawa-go
After I checked in “Kidoya”, a traditional Japanese inn where I will stay this evening, I will go around Shirakawa-go again as I had free time for an hour before dinner.
Now it was about sunset time.
It’s a beautiful refection, isn’t it?
Other snap photos.
It’s hard to believe that this area was bustling during the day.
When I saw this tractor, I realized Shirakawa-go was not only a tourist spot, but also a real-life place for local people to live.
Dinner at Kidoya
Now I retuned to Kidoya to have a dinner.
Here it is.
Freshwater fish cuisine.
Hida beef cuisine.
I had the dinner at a dining room with other guests and was surprised to find more than half of the guests were from abroad (other Asian countries). Since Shirakawa-go is registered as a World Heritage Site, the place should be popular among foreign tourists.
Night View in Shirakawa-go
After dinner, I took a walk. The left house was “Furusato” where I stayed two and a half years ago while the right side was “Kidoya” where I stayed this time.
I made a reservation for accommodation through Shirakawa-go Tourist Association both times and incidentally the inns were adjacent each other.
To begin with, I went south to Kanmachi area.
Nodaniya was one of the gassho stye inns in Shirakawa-go.
When I looked up to the sky, I found stars.
I haven’t seen so bright and imposing starry sky in Tokyo.
I left Kanmachi area and moved north.
While this area was full of tourists during the day, it was very calm now.
I visited “Shirakawa-go no yu”, a hot spring inn, to take a bath.
Then, I returned to “Kidoya” and the first day of my trip was over.
That’s it for the article about evening and night view in Shirakawa-go as part of Day 1.
Shirakawa-go is famous for its winter light-up events, which are held annually in January and February, and I would like to watch it in the future. From what I heard, however, there are so many visitors to see the event, so I have hesitated to visit Shirakawa-go to suit the light-up events.
This time, I dared to visit Shirakawa-go in March to avoid congestion and found it was as good as I expected, since several houses were light up just like the light-up events.
In the next article, I will write about morning scene in Shirakawa-go as part of Day 2.