15 Truly Astounding Places To Visit In Japan

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Shirakawago

For those seeking a glimpse of Japan’s ancient past, there can be nowhere better than Shirakawago, a breathtaking historic preserved village in the remote Shogawa River Valley.

Located in central Japan, this is a place of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by thick forests and imposing mountains, and well worth taking a trip from the well-beaten tourist path.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Shirakawago beckons visitors with its steep-roofed Gassho-Zukuri homes and traditional farmhouses, some of which date back more than 250 years.

Combining Japanese history with the country’s spectacular natural wonders, there’s no bad time to visit, with the cherry blossoms in spring, green rice fields in summer, colourful leaves in autumn and spectacular snowfalls in winter. Be sure to visit Ogimachi Village, where some of the finest houses can be found, before climbing up into the surrounding hills for amazing views out over the valley.