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Ogimichi is the largest village and the top attraction in Shirkawago. It was declared as the UNESCO world heritage site and preserved as the home for many gassho houses. Few of them are from 250 years in existence. The farmhouses are rather remarkable structures, structured to survive the harsh winters while offering a place to work and live. Most of the farmhouses are restaurants, museums or minshuku where you can reside overnight. Various farmhouses from the nearby villages are displaced to an open-air museum across the river to save them from destruction. Museums, attractions, and the areas accessibility forms Ogimichi as the best place in Shirakawa-go. Balanced in the shadows of Haku Mountain which is one of the blessed mountains in Japan, Ogimichi village is the area which is covered by beech forests and extremely exclusive traditional village and that is supreme in any other part of Japan. As a matter of fact, in the year 1995, this beautiful village of Shirakawa Go in Japan has been declared as the heritage site of the world by the UNESCO. The Ogimichi village consists of 152 unique households. The major reason of ranking is that of pertaining with best glassho houses which are attractively structured with sloping roofs to resist the harsh and merciless heavy snows that are constantly occurring in this place. In spite of the general beauty of the area, these houses sustain as the major attraction of the surroundings. These houses follow the old Japanese style in constructing the houses with wooden beams and the village has become the part of Shirakawago like in the 12th century. It was situated on the attractive plateau on the east side of Sho River.
Ogimichi village - to portray the beautifully constructed residences and the ancient structured houses
Hachiman Jinja is a Shinto shrine that preserves the custodian deity of the village. As an area of significance to the Ogimichi village, Hachiman Jinja is situated at the south of the village where the sacred Haku Mountains stays closest to the River.
The Shiroyama viewpoint is located at the North of the Ogimichi village and it provides the travelers with very attractive views of the farmhouses. The viewpoint can be viewable by wandering and the destination can be reached in only 15 min to 20 min from the center of the village. Not only that but you can even travel to the destination by bus. The nearest stop of the bus is at the Wada house.
Myozenji temple is a unique from other attractions constructed with the thatched roof than the normal roof. In addition to that, this temple is linked to the Myozenji ke farmhouse which is situated just next door where the priest of the temple resides. The proprietor talk in English and in a friendly manner initiates the building to visitors. The entry to this house is included with admission of the temple.
The Doburoku Festival Museum exhibits on the Doburoku festival which will be happened in the month of October on 14th and 15th every year. A feature of the festival is Doburoku sake which is formed by the shrine and exhibited at the museum.
How to Get Tickets?
You can book tickets either offline or online.
How To Get Around?
You can get to enjoy a beautiful view from the top of the village. The view is located at the place of Castle Shiroyama Tenbodai. You have two choices to reach there, you can either undertake the uphill wall which takes 15 minutes to reach or you can catch the shuttle bus which you can start at Shirakawago bus stop and it costs 200 yen.
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Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ogimichi is in the months of September. During this time of the year, the travelers tend to get the ultimate tour experience. As a matter of fact, this season is the best time for hiking as you will have long sunny days with a fewer number of tourists around you. Not only that but you can even consider this benefit and you can visit nearby place Gokayama which even has the same glassho houses in a smaller remote village.
Will I Need a Guide?
No guide is needed as the transportation is very easily available on the site.
How To Get There?
The tourist destination, Ogimichi is the centre of the transport of the town of Shirakawago where there are many bus lines from Takayama, Nagoya as well as Toyama. In addition to that, all the buses make the use of the Shirakawago bus terminal at the entrance to the village. As a matter of fact, this is a very small village area which can easily be discovered by foot.
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