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  • Shirakawa-go house light up winter snow
    Area: Shirakawago

    Shirakawa-go Light Up: Snowy, glowy and dreamy! Shirakawa-go, a world heritage site, is a village famous for its triangular “gassho” style roofed houses. Tourists visit this Gifu prefecture village year round, but it is especially popular in the winter when snow packs the rooftops. The best time to visit, even out of the winter days, is on the days of the Shirakawa-go Light Up. For just four days, the houses are lit up, giving the entire snowy village an extra glow. About Shirakawa-go <amp-img width="1000px" height="666px" src="https://s3-ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com/thegate/2019/06/10/11/04/02/Shirakawa-go-gassho-house-daytime.jpg" layout="responsive" alt="Shirakawa-go Village House in the Daytime"></amp-img> <small>Gassho style house</small> Shirakawa-go is a village in Gifu prefecture’s town of Shirakawa. The village is long-loved for its cute “gassho” style houses, named after the shape of the roofs looking like a “gassho” (palms put together for prayers). Along with the Gokayama village in Toyama prefecture, Shirakawa-go was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Shirakawa-go Light Up dates(2018) Only 4 days. Jan.21st and 28th. Feb.4th and 12th

    12.jul 2018

  • Traditional style guest house - toco.

    Guest House toco. in Tokyo: Built from a 100-year-Old Traditional Japanese House Skyscrapers and retro architecture, verdant parks and hard concrete... the new and the nostalgic coexist in Tokyo, Japan's capital. Hidden in Tokyo's Taito Ward is “toco.,” a guest house rebuilt from a 100-year-old traditional Japanese house. The guest house is a window into the look and feel of a Traditional Japanese home, and is a popular lodging choice, often booked-out completely by both domestic and international travelers. This article is a deep-dive into the thoughts behind toco.'s creation, and the secrets to its popularity.

    15.jun 2020

  • The streets of Narai-juku

    5 Edo-Period Old Towns: Traditional Post Town Sceneries of the Nakasendo Road During the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), post towns were built and used throughout Japan. Post towns served as a resting and lodging spot for travelers, and were located on major routes connecting Edo (present day Tokyo) with other significant cities throughout the country. Nakasendo is one of the “Edo Five Routes”, and connected Edo with Kyoto by going through central Honshu. Some of the post towns on Nakasendo remain today, and retain the Edo period atmosphere. Here are 5 post towns on the Nakasendo Route that you can visit.

    6.sep 2018

  • Seed board

    What is Hakone's Traditional Craft: Yosegi Zaiku? 2 Places to buy them in Tokyo! There are nearly 1,200 types of traditional crafts made in Japan, about 230 of which are specified by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. These crafts have been produced with long histories in each prefecture, incorporate many regional characteristics, and all of them express the classic Japanese subtlety, elaborateness and beauty. This time, we will introduce one of such traditional craft techniques, “Hakone Yosegi Zaiku." Let's look at the complete story of the history and characteristics of yosegi zaiku marquetry with the rich wooden texture that have been passed down in the Hakone/Odawara area.

    29.may 2019

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