On February 9th, the last day of my visit to Gassho Villages, I was in Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture, which is the most popular World Heritage Site in Japan.
Since Shirakawa-go is well equipped with commercial facilities and hotels, Shirakawa-go is usually full of tourists from all over the world. I myself was just looking forward to seeing the scenery with an atmosphere of old-time Japan. When I visited here last time I was a bit disappointed by the huge crowds. This time my sole purpose was to see this beautiful Gassho village covered in snow from Shiroyama Observation Deck.
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.