Snowy village all charm and calm as illumination event kicks off

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The snow-covered World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go is dotted with illuminated thatched-roof houses in Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, on Jan. 21. (Minako Yoshimoto)

SHIRAKAWA, Gifu Prefecture--Snow chaos may have been predicted for Tokyo on Jan. 22, but it was a different story in the UNESCO World Heritage village here, where the white stuff created a picture of calm.

Enchanting “gassho-zukuri” steep thatched-roof houses glowed in the snow as the village’s annual illumination event started on Jan. 21.

A thatched-roof "gassho-zukuri" house is illuminated in the World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go in Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, on Jan. 21. (Minako Yoshimoto)

As many sightseers have been visiting the Shirakawa-go district in recent years, the number of people allowed to enter the popular tourist spot, Ogimachi Castle Observatory Deck, has been limited to 900 a day.

Visitors staying at accommodations in the traditional village have priority to use the observatory and are given numbered tickets costing 500 yen ($4.50) each.

Illuminated thatched-roof houses in the World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go in Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, on Jan. 21 (Minako Yoshimoto)

The illumination event is scheduled for three more dates, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

*The article was published on The Asahi Shimbun Digital on January 22, 2018 at 14:40 JST

 

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