“I would like to know more about the accomodation facilities in Shirakawago”
“I do not know the differences between a normal hostel and a Gassho hostel”
You will know more details by reading the following note.
Nice to meet you.
I am “Small Bear”, the person who run the Gassho Travel Concierge.
I have been experiencing every corner of Japan.
and then the charm of Gassho impressed me the most.
Therefore, I would like to transmit the information of Shirakawago to everyone.
It would be my pleasure to help you with your journey.
Talking about Shirakawago, you must first think of Gassho houses!
Almost everyone have an image of Gassho when think of Shirakawago or Gassho village.
Recently not only in Japan,
many tourists from all around the world are attracted by the famous Gassho.
Accommodating in a Gassho style hostel has become a trend.
So what is a Gassho style hostel?
There are 18 Gassho style hostels in total inside Ogimachi in Shirakawago,
which are registered as world cultural heritage.
In fact 10 years ago, there were 24 or 25 Gassho hostels.
However, as there are no heir to the Gassho, the number is declining in recent years.
Normally, Gassho style hostels provide guests with two meals a day (dinner and breakfast)
and with simple style bedding.
Please be notice that a hostel is different from a hotel
・Rooms are only seperated by one thin door
・The room door cannot be locked
・There are no toilet and shower in the room,
so guests use the public toilet and shower room with other guests
・There is no TV in the room
Escaping from the noisy urban area / life, and
“to experience the causal life in Gassho in the past”,
Gassho hostels were set up according to this concept.
Among the 18 hostels,
・The TOP5 of TripAdvisor
Magoemon / Furusato / Nodaniya / Shimizu / Gensaku
・The TOP5 recommended by Gassho Travel Concierge
Magoemon / Gensaku / Nodaniya / Otaya / Yokichi
will be introduced accordingly.
*Basically they do not offer pick-up service
*The heating fee in winter (October to April) is charged seperately.
The price depends on the type of rooms.
As most landladies of the hostels are old ladies, they cannot speak foreign languages.
The only one who can speak English is Shimizu.
What is more, it is very difficult to book a room in the hostel.
The reasons are,
・There are only a few rooms in every hostel
・As it is family business, it is very hard for them to keep the hostel operating
while they have to handle village affairs and help with their grandchild’s study
Click here to learn how to book
Shirakawago Tourist Association
About 70% of the hostels can be booked by a third party
There are not enough staff to handle booking, so it may take 3 to 4 days to receive reply messages
There is a lot communication before a booking is made
The speed of replying is fast
Only 6 Gassho hostels can handle bookings.
The booking fee is about 8% to 10%
“You can also book directly by yourselves (by phone or email) or find someone who can speak Japanese to book for you.
However, there is a high possibility that some misunderstandings or troubles may occur during the process. Moreover, the landlady is very busy so there maybe situations like booking missed or over booking. Therefore, we do not recommend this method.
It is better to use the above methods mentioned rather than this method.”
Moreover, not only in Shirakawago,
there are also Gassho hostels in Gokayama Ainokura, which takes a 30 minutes ride.
As Shirakawago has become a popular tourist spot in recent years,
many foreign tourists prefer staying in Gokayama.
Recently tourists can also make a booking online, so it becomes more convenient.
Booking accommodation at Gokayama
Other than Gassho hostels, there are also facilities like hostels, hotels and guesthouses in Shirakawago.
Booking accommodation at Shirakawa village
Locates in front of the bus terminal
Provides good service
Shirakawago no Yu
The only hotel that equipped with Onsen in this world cultural heritage area
Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco Institute
Although it takes a 20 minutes ride to get here, you can enjoy your day in this hotel that is surrounded by nature
Booking request here