The fluffiness of this snow in a Japanese village

Heavy snow falls in the city of Shirakawago. Unique old houses were specially developed for this.

Shirakawago is a distinctive little mountain village nestled along the Shogawa river valley that borders Gifu and Toyama prefectures. It became a Unesco World inheritance site in 1995 and is becoming well known for the beautiful traditional “Gassho-Zukuri Farmhouses in the village some of which are more than 250 Years old.

The houses are a unique architectural technique developed over generations and designed to withstand the heavy snow the region experiences over Winter. Days like this photo when the whole sky seems to be full of huge flakes.

If you are looking to travel on from Nozawa it makes a great stop over between Kanazawa and Takayama. A beautiful destination all year round to experience the distinct 4 seasons. They also light up the houses in January and February every year which is amazing to see.