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From Takayama to the World Heritage, Shirakawago | 濃飛バス公式サイト

Due to the impact of the spread of COVID-19 infection, Some of Express Bus Shirakawago Line will be partially suspended.

Shirakawago is the village with beautiful scenery that is reminiscent of olden times. The village contains 114 thatched roofed gassho style houses and was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995, as the houses are still used in real life. They are called gassho style houses because the steep triangular roof, unique to the heavy snowfall area, resembles "gassho" (hands meeting in prayer). Throughout the year the highly picturesque landscape, as the representative tourist spot of Japan, attracts many tourists from Japan and abroad.
It takes about 50 minutes by bus from Takayama Nohi Bus Center to Shirakawago. Take comfortable and accessible Nohi Bus. There are 16 round-trip bus services a day. (Some services are on a reservation basis) After sightseeing around Shirakawago, you can go to Kanazawa, Toyama or Takaoka (by Kaetsunou Bus) by bus. These bus routes are popular as a sightseeing tour route connecting Takayama and Shirakawago as well as Shirakawago and Hokuriku.

Access to Shirakawago

  • (1)By route bus


    The bus to Shirakawago is two types. Reservation required and no-Reservation required.

    Passengers who want to take reservation required bus, please reserve this website.⇒Here

    Time table ⇒Here

    You can take a bus without reservation for sure. Please line up before 20minutes in advance.

    Please buy ticket before boarding in Takayama bus terminal.

    “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” and ”SHORYUDO Bus Pass” holders cannot use web reservation.
    If you want to make a reservation, please make a phonecall as follows.
    Telephone reservation1)Nohi Bus Reservation Center(9:00am~6:00pm)
    TEL (0577)32-1688

    We recommend “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” and “SHORYUDO Bus Pass” holders to take a no-reservation bus.
    Time table ⇒Here

  • (2)Economical Tickets


    From Takayama to Shirakawago, economical ticket is available. Check as below!
    Where to buy : Takayama bus terminal

    Shirakawago Gasshozukuri Minkaen Museum Combination Ticket
     Round trip between Takayama to Shirakawago + Admission to Minkaen museum.
     Adult 4,800yen Child 2,400

    Shirakawago and Gokayama Round Trip Ticket
     Round trip between Takayama to Shirakawago + Unlimited rides for 3 days between Shirakawago to Suganuma and Ainokura.
     Adult 5,900yen Child 2,950

    Shirakawago・Gokayama Route Ticket
     One way between Takayama ~ Shirakawago ~ Gokayama ~ Takaoka.
     Adult 3,980yen Child 1,990

    Three-Star Route Ticket
     Adult 6,000yen Child 3,000
     More detail ⇒Here

    Three-Star Route Shinjuku Ticket
     Adult 9,500yen Child 4,750
     More detail ⇒Here

  • (3)Bus Tours to Shirakawago and Gokayama with English speaking guide.


    From Takayama we offer two bus tours to Shirakawago and Gokayama.English speaking guide accompany.

    Departure Takatama Bus Terminal 8:30
     More detail ⇒【World Heritage】Shirakawago and Gokayama Ainokura Bus Tour


    Departure Takatama Bus Terminal 10:30
     More detail ⇒【World Heritage】Shirakawago and Gokayama Suganuma Bus Tour

  • (4)By Taxi.


    Taxi is also available from Takayama to Shirakawago, Gokayama.

    Our Sightseeing Taxi is convenient.
     More detail ⇒Here

  • (5)Stay in Shirakawago


    We have a package plan includes round trip bus and 1 night stay at Shirakawago.

     More detail ⇒Here

  • (6)Shirakawago additional plan


    We offer winter limited special plan as below.
     More detail ⇒Here



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Bus Fare

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Gero Bus Center/Gero Ekimae
Takayama Nohi Bus Center
One Way Round Trip
3,300 5,700
2,600 4,600


Gero Bus Center・Gero Station
Takayama Bus Terminal
Shirakawago Toyama Station Kanazawa StationTakaoka
One-way Round-trip One-way Round-trip One-way Round-tripOne-way Round-trip
3,300 5,700 - - - -- -
2,600 4,600 3,260 5,500 3,600 6,4003,200 5,600
- - 1,730 3,120 2,000 3,6001,800 3,200

Tourists spots

  • Gassho-zukuri houses

     Gassho style houses in Shirakawago are residences built from wooden beams that express their characteristic; steep slope and thatched roofs, which are combined into a triangular shape as if hands meet in prayer. The gradient of thatched roof is about 45 - 60 degrees, designed for the severe natural environment of Shirakawa-mura where lots of heavy snow falls. The wisdom and ingenuity of people are seen in how the houses were constructed. Each house is constructed in the same direction facing north and south, considering the predominant wind direction to minimize wind resistance, while controlling the amount of sunlight hitting the roof to provide cool summers and warmer winters.

  • Gasshozukuri Minkaen Museum

    About 15 minutes on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     Gasshozukuri Minkaen is an outdoor museum where the gassho houses in Shirakawa-mura were moved to and maintained to re-create the traditional way of life. There are 26 gassho style houses in Minkaen and you can see the inside of the houses. [画像提供/岐阜県白川村役場]

  • Wada-ke House

    About 1 minute on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     Wada-ke house is one of the largest gassho style houses in the Ogi-machi gassho village. Wada-ke took the role of village headman (guard house official) and flourished in the trading of gunpowder which was the important cash income for Shirakawago in the Edo Era. Wada-ke has been designated as a national important cultural property with a well-maintained neighboring environment, including gardens, hedges, surrounding arable lands or channels. This Wada-ke house is still used as a place to live and the 1st and 2nd floors are open to the public.

  • Kanda-ke House

    About 5 minutes on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     It took about ten years to build Kanda-ke during the latter part of the Edo Era by carpenters specialized in temples or shrines, who were invited from Ishikawa Prefecture. It is known as an improved/high-quality gassho style house as it was built with new technologies while inheriting the traditional gassho style structure. Kanda-ke's gassho style house has 4 floors, where you can see the tools used for silk cultivation in those days. There is an irori fireplace (open hearth) on the 1st floor that is still used, and herb tea made from boiling water from the irori is served to the tourists.

  • Nagase-ke House

    About 6 minutes on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     Nagase-ke is a family with a long history whose 1st - 3rd family heads took the roll of Chinese medicine doctor for the Kaga Domain and their gassho style house is relatively new, built in 1890 with 5 floors. A majestic Buddhist altar (it is said that this was made more than 500 years ago) and Kaga culture fine arts and crafts are exhibited on the 1st floor.

  • The castle tower observation deck

    About 5 minutes by shuttle bus
     The castle tower observation deck is located on a northwest hill of Ogi-machi and you can enjoy a panoramic view of Shirakawago gassho village from there.
     The perspective from here is often used in posters. You may feel as if you are in a fairy-tale as the gassho style village in Ogi-machi is colored with the nature of each season. A charged shuttle bus is available from Shirakawago gassho village to the castle tower observation deck.

  • Doburoku Festival Museum

    About 15 minutes on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     "Doburoku festival" is held in Shirakawa-mura in autumn every year. In Doburoku Festival museum, the festival's brief overview, history and religious services are re-created using dolls and models. It is located in Shirakawa Hachiman-Jinja Shrine precinct inside Shirakawago gassho village.

  • Tajima-ke Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum

    About 20 minutes on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     Tajima-ke is the only pavilion in Shirakawa-mura which features silk cultivation. History of silk cultivation is introduced with panels, and the tools used for silk cultivation are also displayed. Silk worms are actually bred, and you can touch a living silk worm.

  • Kanmachi

    About 20 minutes on foot from Shirakawago Bus Terminal
     It is located at the south end of Ogi-machi village, and is one of the representative sceneries of Shirakawago used for tourism posters that attract many photographers with its picturesque landscape, such as its figure reflected on the water-laden paddy or gassho style house covered by pure white snow.

Other bus tour

  • Seasonal

    Shinhotaka Ropeway&Kamikochi 1Day Bus Tour

    Adult 6,800 yen~

    This is a perfect sightseeing bus tour for travelers who would like to explore and experience
    the two most popular tourist attractions in Northern Japan Alps, Kamikochi and Shinhotaka in just one day.
    Fees for the Shinhotaka Ropeway and lunch at Alps Kaido Hirayu are included in the tour, and it is such an easy access to Kamikochi.

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