is the largest village and main attraction of Shirakawa-go. Declared a
UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, the village is home to several dozen
well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than
250 years old.
The farmhouses are quite amazing structures,
designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work
and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by
green fields. Many of the farmhouses are now restaurants, museums or
minshuku, where you can stay overnight.
A number of farmhouses
from the surrounding villages have been relocated to an open air museum
across the river from the town center in an effort to save them from
destruction. This museum along with the large concentration of
farmhouses and attractions in town and the area's accessibility make
Ogimachi the best place in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama to see