TokyoStreetView: Gifu Shirakawa-Go, Ogimachi; Winter Part I (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are you thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy our latest video feature, presented in beautiful 4K (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
Gifu - Shirakawa-Go, Ogimachi; Winter Part I
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Shirakawa-Go is one of the hottest tourist spots in Japan, and definite mus-see. Located in the remote mountains of Gifu prefecture, Shirakawa-Go is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with some as old as 250 years.
Shirakawa-Go’s most famous village, and the one featured in this video, is named Ogimachi, which not only features an open air museum but also many gassho-zukuri farmhouses that are still used by villagers today.
The houses, designed to withstand harsh winter conditions, are made entirely of wood with thatched roofs, and constructed without the use of a single nail!
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the place, the village can look a bit like Shibuya on a sunny Saturday afternoon or evening with literally thousands of tourists from around the world crawling all over the place. We had the chance to visit Ogimachi village ten years ago during the week in spring where tourists are usually busy visiting other places in Japan, and, if you can, we would highly recommend giving Shirakawa-Go a try during the less crowded seasons.
From the Contributor:
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TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.
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