A glimpse into Gifu

While most tourists to Japan travel along the Golden Route from Tokyo to Kyoto, tour companies are now slowly veering off the beaten path and exploring other destinations.

This includes the increasingly popular Gifu prefecture, where many heritage attractions are located. One of the must-see attractions in the region is the quaint village of Shirakawago.

It is one of Japan’s Unesco World Heritage sites and is famous for its unique gassho-takori houses. Gasho-takori, or “prayer hands” houses, are essentially houses built with steep roofs resembling two hands joined in prayer.

An Ukai fisherman showing how fish are taken from cormorant birds which are used to help catch fish.

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