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Visiting Wada House Shirakawa Go

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This is one of the finest attractions in Shirakawa Go that is designated as a nationally and culturally important destination. The Wada House are thatched-roof ridgepole style Gassho Houses which are huge and wide. They are surrounded by gardens, open fields and hedges that renders it a beatific essence and an alluring aura. The main house along with its attic measures 110 sq meters.Visitors can get to see the cattle trees on the first floor that houses massive beams.The ceilings are huge which renders the entire house a large space feel. The doors painted with lacquer shine black glow with the soot wiped from the earth. Formerly the Wada House served as a guard station for the people in Hida which has now transformed into residence and museum.One can witness the lacquer wares, tools used for sericulture and manuscripts along with other antiques displayed in the museum, that allows one to go through the history and culture of the place. Guided tours are offered for visitors to learn about the literature, culture and much more.Get to witness the sericulture, the wooden license tag and much more on your spectacular tour to the Wada House.The climate is serene and cool which will let you enjoy the trip and have fun.The place is open for a public visit from morning till evening, entry is allowed throughout the year.There are many small food joints and restaurants for people to satiate their hunger nearby to the Wada House.

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Enjoy viewing the Thatched-roof Houses built in Gassho Style at the Wada House

Enjoy viewing the Thatched-roof Houses built in Gassho Style at the Wada House

Gassho Style House

Gassho Style House

A distinctive feature of the houses at Wada are its thatched roof houses. The design of the houses dates back to 17th century and beginning of 20th century when it was in more prominence. The sloping roofs are a peculiar characteristic of these houses. From more than 1800 houses across the 93 villages of Japan, now remains only 150. Click pictures and view the marvelous architecture through your splendid tour across the village.

The Summer Silkworms

The Summer Silkworms

From ancient years until the present, the Gassho-style houses are used typically for performing sericulture i.e. silkworm rearing. The Wada House rears over 500 silkworms managed by more than 100 people to carry on the Enshou industry and perform sericulture.



Witness the green lush as blooming colors surrounding the house. The vast fields and hedges are an enthralling sight that can leave people dazzled with its shimmering beauty. The fields get covered completely by snow during the winter which is again a marvelous sight to watch out. Get mesmerized by the evergreen springs or the tantalizing snow, decide your tour accordingly.

Enshou Industry

Enshou Industry

This industry deals in the production of gunpowder. It is prepared out of grass and silkworm droppings that are mixed with human urine. This is later allowed to decompose and ferment that is converted into materials called gunpowder. Do not forget to visit the Wooden license tag an heirloom at Wada House.



From sericulture tools, lacquer to manuscripts the museum houses everything that will render the visitors understanding of the entire tourist place.

Reception Hall

Reception Hall

The literature house located at the ground floor of the reception hall comprises of myriad literature texts and books. Visitors are allowed to browse through the research materials and know more about the place.

Wada House Shirakawa Go Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

The entry tickets to Wada House can be purchased online as well as offline at the main gate office entrance. The tickets cost 300 yen for Adult entry while the admission ticket for children is chargeable at 150 yen.

How To Get Around?

Tourists can go around viewing the exotic scenery of the Wada house by walking around the place. The place permits the use of a wheelchair for accessing the path for elderly and disabled.

What Should I Wear?

There is no particular dress code for visitors. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as there is a lot of walking to be done. Ensure to carry warm clothes and comfortable jackets that will keep you warm during the winters.

Wada House Shirakawa Go Facts

Best Time to Visit

The Wada House at Shirakawa Go is open for tourist visit throughout the year. It remains open from morning 9 am to evening 5 pm. People can visit the tourist sight in all the seasons and get to witness the wonderful beauty of surrounding that changes through spring to winter. Choose your best season and allow yourself to bathe in the royalty of the location.


Japanese Yen

Will I Need a Guide?

Visitors can go about witnessing and enjoying the location on their own. However, they can appoint guides who would guide them through the tour and acquaint to the different places at Shirakawa Go. English guides, as well as audio guides, can be used for getting oneself well acquainted with the history and culture of the place as well as enjoying the tour.

How To Get There?

Connecting flights are available to reach Japan. However, there is no airport at Shirakawa Go, hence visitors need to depart at Tokyo airport. From the airport go to the JR Takayama Station using public transportation and then board a Nohi or Hokuriku railroad bus that is 60 minutes rides. Get off at the stop of Shirakawa Go. From herein board a taxi, private car and drive towards the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway and move towards Shirakawa C you will reach the Wada House. The ride in car or taxi will take approx. 10 minutes.

Additional Info

Do not touch anything in the museum without permission. Take proper time to visit this attraction as it is based in a vast area.

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