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Shirakawago tour guide on November 16th,2016

2016年11月17日 木曜日


























I showed Shirakawago UNESCO World Heritage Site to my guests from USA on November 16th,2016. Autumn colors are in their best season.

I am Mr. T , a professinal tour guide in Kanazawa

2015年11月19日 木曜日












I saw a heron perch on a rock. The rock is situated on Horaijima island. The heron has its territory in Kenrokuen garden. I often see the heron at Kasumigaike pond ( Misty pond ) and Hyisagoike pond ( Gourd-shaped pond ). Four ladies from Australia enjoyed two-day tour. One day was for Kanazawa. The next day was for Shogawa river cruise ship and Gokayama Gassho village. They are all cheerful ladies, and good walkers. They called me ” Mr. T “. It sounded comfortable for me, and easy to pronounce. I liked to be called ” Mr. T ” , which comes from my name ” Takashi ” , of course. T also sounds like ” Tea ” of Tea Ceremony.


April in Shirakawago village

2015年5月1日 金曜日

Picture of manhole at Shirakawa-go village

“Deaibashi” suspension bridge 

The Shogawa river flows along the valleys of Gassho villages


Fog covers the Shirakawago village in April.

Water-filled Paddy fields in Shirakawago

2012年5月15日 火曜日

Paddy fields are filled with water, ready for rice planting. Mountains over there are snow-capped Mt. Hakusan, one of the three sacred mountains in Japan, which is about 2,700 meters high, and the source of the Sho river. The Sho river runs west of the village, and supply abundant water for a paddy field. Green, water, snow and a paddy field produce a beautiful scenery once a year.

Gassho Farmhouse Iwase-ke

2012年5月4日 金曜日

This Gassho farmhouse was built about 300 years ago. This Iwase-ke Gassho farmhouse is the biggest of all Gassho farmhouses reserved at present. There are about 200 Gassho farmhouses left in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama area. This house is designated as a national important cultural property.

In front of Iwase-ke, skunk cabbages, called Mizubasho are in full bloom.

One of the room is built in the shoin style of traddtional samurai style architecture. It has an alcove and staggered wall shelves. The Samurai officers from Kaga clan stayed in this house for regular inspection about the area land in the feudal period.

Broad Japanese cypress and ceder board sliding doors, called Obi-do are used to partition the rooms.

The steep ladders are installed to get to the 3rd, 4th and 5 th floors.

The third floor, fourth floor and fifth floor were use to silkwarm raising.

Paper sliding doors are installed for light.

World Heritage Gassho-farmhouse Ainokura Village

2011年9月27日 火曜日


Ainokuro village of Gassho Farmhouses


Folk museum of Gassho farmhouse


Inside the gassho farmhouse


Souvenir shops of Gassho houses


Parking lot for buses and cars


The whole view of Ainokura Gassho Village


Goheimochi dumplings are cooked and sold in front of the customers.


Gun powder was made and sent to Kaga-Han as a tax.


Gun powder


Rice harvesting. Rice reaping by machine and sickle


Rice drying


Lumber was one of the important business in the past.


Colorful egg plants, Hananasu are dried and on sale for decoration.

Shirakawago in Spring

2011年4月22日 金曜日


Kandake farmhouse and the remaining snow.


Nagaseke farmhouse in the bright spring sunlight.


Gassho farmhouses and Kamakura, a melting snow hut.


Remaining snow and Gassho farmhouses.


Rethatching Gassho houses.


Empty suspension bridge.  Foreign tourists should not miss this golden opportunity for sightseeing. This region is safe and secure far away from massive quake damaged region.

Early Spring in Shirakawa-go

2011年2月26日 土曜日


The sun warms roofs of Gassho farmhouses. Rising vapor will guide you to a world of fantasy.


Steam rises violently from a roof.


Snow remains on a rooftop.


Inside the third floor of a Gassho farmhouse.


Straw ropes and Neso are used to tie up lumbers to form roofs. Neso is a local word for Mansaku, witch hazel.

Mansaku is hammered and soaked in water for about 3 months to make it soft. It becomes stiff when it gets dried.


25 m-long ceder lumber is used to reinforce a roof as a brace.


Pointed lumbers to support about 100 ton thatched roof are keys for an earthquake-resistant structure.

White Shirakawa-go

2010年12月30日 木曜日


highway bus for Shirakawa-go departing from Kanazawa


arrive at Seseragi bus stop of Shirakawa-go


Snowy bridge crossing over Sho-gawa River


Wada-ke gassho farmhouse standing in a falling snow


A falling snow is in the air at the gassho farmhouse.


White Nagase-ke farmhouse


Kanda-ke farmhouse and two gassho farmhouses in snow


Two snowmen with gassho farmhouses behind


The last highway bus for Kanazawa is running in snowy outside.