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See Remnants of Japan’s History Through Gassho-Zukuri Architecture at the World Heritage Site of Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture

Gokayama is located in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, and is home to two gassho-zukuri settlements, Ainokura and Suganuma.
“Gassho-zukuri” is the name of a historically valuable and unique type of architecture with pitched roofs that are similar in shape to hands clasped in prayer. Gassho-zukuri settlements can only be found in these snowy and mountainous areas. The Gokayama Settlement and Gifu Prefecture’s Shirakawa-go were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1995.

5 Reasons to Visit the Spring 2019 “Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival”

Many of the travelers visiting Japan in the springtime are seeking out the beautiful pink blooms of cherry blossoms. This time we will be introducing shiba-sakura, or moss phlox, which spreads a carpet of pink blooms on the ground rather than on trees. The “2019 Fuji Shiba-sakura Festival,” where you’ll be able to fully enjoy these beautiful flowers, will be taking place from April 13th (Saturday) until May 26th (Sunday), 2019, at Fuji Motosuko Resort (Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture).

Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine – “Yabusame-Shinji”

“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.

Lake Kawaguchi’s 2019 Winter Fireworks

Lake Kawaguchi hosts a winter fireworks show every year.
The sky is clearer during the winter than in the summer, so the enhanced beauty of the fireworks makes the Lake Kawaguchi show particularly popular.