Step back in time

More snappy snaps from the wonderful little town of Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go.

We’re aptly reminded that wild beasties roam the area with some cute little bear warning signs – they haunt apparently!

Then we take a sedate turn around the village and it’s like stepping back in time.

The village is fairly compact and the majority of houses are clustered close together, many of them are now shops or museums.

You can also stay over night in several of the houses, but book well in advance, they fill up quick and we didn’t manage to snag one.

From the farmers tending their verdant rice fields, to the gorgeous houses, it really does feel like you’ve slipped back by a few centuries.

There are 59 houses clustered together in Ogimachi. Each of them are unique with little details that mark them out from their neighbours.

Families kept silkworms in the eaves of the houses. So the houses would have been chock full of life on every floor!

For such a small place it is jammed packed full of fascinating details, meaning you can spend hours just whiling away the time enjoying a plethora of tiny treats.

You can find a walking map of the village here.

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One comment

  1. Bonsai · April 21

    That’s not a bear that’s a Japanese raccoon. I was a housewife on Sado Island in the 80’s. I relate to this place.

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