UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is in the northwest of Gifu-ken. The houses are constructed in a characteristic manner. The shape is very sharp, like a hand joint, so it is called Gokayama Village. In Shiriwaka Town, there are houses built all in the same style, including Wada-ke House, the Shiroyama Observatory, and Shirakawa Yasaka Shrine. Most of the buildings here are still used as homes.