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Shirakawa-gō, where prayer meets architecture

  • Shirakawa-gō was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995 due to the architecture of the village's houses, which can withstand heavy snow in extreme weather and have survived from the 11th century until now. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Shirakawa-gō was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995 due to the architecture of the village's houses, which can withstand heavy snow in extreme weather and have survived from the 11th century until now. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A wooden statue of a man wearing a traditional outfit made of straw welcomes customers in front of a restaurant in the village. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A wooden statue of a man wearing a traditional outfit made of straw welcomes customers in front of a restaurant in the village. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Houses in Shirakawa-gō are covered with thick snow, but the roofs stand strong. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Houses in Shirakawa-gō are covered with thick snow, but the roofs stand strong. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Tourists walk past an old house. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Tourists walk past an old house. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • The triangle roofs have been able to withstand thick snow and ice for centuries. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    The triangle roofs have been able to withstand thick snow and ice for centuries. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • The architecture also features thick walls made of logs. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    The architecture also features thick walls made of logs. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A wooden statue of a lumberjack in front of a souvenir shop welcomes tourists in Shirakawa-gō. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A wooden statue of a lumberjack in front of a souvenir shop welcomes tourists in Shirakawa-gō. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A restaurant in the village shows the various options available inside. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A restaurant in the village shows the various options available inside. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Japanese soba is one of the restaurant's specialties. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Japanese soba is one of the restaurant's specialties. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Visitors play in the snow at Shirakawa-gō. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Visitors play in the snow at Shirakawa-gō. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • The village has small altars for prayer and offerings. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    The village has small altars for prayer and offerings. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A snow cutter is used by villagers to remove thick snow. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A snow cutter is used by villagers to remove thick snow. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • Villagers run water through perforated hoses to help melt the snow. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    Villagers run water through perforated hoses to help melt the snow. JP/Anggara Mahendra

  • A pine forest lies behind Shirakawa-gō. JP/Anggara Mahendra

    A pine forest lies behind Shirakawa-gō. JP/Anggara Mahendra