A mountain village located in Gifu Prefecture in central Japan. The historical village of Shirakawa-go has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide to Japan for preserving the remnants and beautiful scenery of old rural Japan that mesmerize visitors as if they were living in an old-time village tale. The houses in the village are built in the gassho-zukuri style (named for their resemblance to hands joined in prayer) with tall, steep triangular roofs designed to help survive heavy snowfalls in winter. These houses are still inhabited, and some are open to the public for overnight stays like minshuku. “People in olden times were living with the flow of seasons in unity with nature just like the villagers of Shirakawa-go,” says grandma with a touch of nostalgia in her voice. In Shirakawa-go, people can feel how the original landscape of Japan used to be.