The first time I went to Shirakawa-go I was really disappointed. The village itself looks gorgeous. But it is almost impossible to enjoy it proprely. Legions of (noisy) tourists, crowded parking lots, queues everywhere make it look pretty much like Disney Land. I was not expecting this, and the visit only left a bitter taste: the famous one starting with “it could be great if…”
What I did not know at that time was that there are actually several “gassho” villages not far from Shirakawa. Smaller, for sure, but offering a wonderful experience. The one we stopped in was Suganuma, but you’ll find some others along the Shokawa river (such as Ainokura, Gokayama, etc.)

Gear used: Fujifilm GFX 50s + 63mm f/2.8

A few more pictures are not too much for such a wonderful place:

Shirakawa-go isn’t the only “gassho” village

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