Shirakawa-go or 20 minutes of crossing a suspension bridge

Travel ?? Comments Sun 18 January 2015

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I had bought a bus ticket leaving Takayama the next day at lunch time, heading directly to Kanazawa. Well, sort of - I decided to make a brief stop (about an hour) in Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site village comprised of centuries old gasshō-zukuri style houses. Remember the Hida-no-sato outdoor folk museum? Well, this is the (living) village that those houses were taken from.

Unfortunately, I spent a majority of my time crossing a suspension bridge across the river dividing the village.

It was such a picturesque village - essentially Hida-no-sato brought to life.

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And as it is a living village, of course there is no entry fee - filling the park with numerous Japanese visitors enjoying the scenery, walking their dogs, or building snowmen with their family.

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But that suspension bridge, oh god. Located right in the middle of the Japanese Alps, it was no surprise that it was cold, and it was covered in a layer of ice maybe 10 cm thick. Everyone was reduced to slowly sliding their feet across it, leading to an almost 20 minute passage.

This for a bridge that would take maybe 1 minute to walk across in summer!

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