Gassho-Zukuri Hotel in Shirakawago, Japan

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To finish up our classy accommodation splurge through Japan we thought we would take it to the next level. This means staying in a 200 year old traditional grass roofed house that has been converted to a ryokan.

To do this you have to visit the cultural village of Shirakawago. This village is where a great number of traditional grass roofed houses, known as Gassho-Zukuri, have been relocated from all over the Hida prefecture in Japan.

The Gassho-Zukuri we stayed in was call Yokichi, which was run by a very nice lady with much better English than she would ever admit. Though we did get a Japanese friend to make the booking for us over the phone.

After arriving we dumped our bags and went to check out the town. The town has dozens of Gassho-Zukuri that have been relocated from different areas due to hydro daming and here for preservation, so there were many differences between each of  the houses.

We made our way up to the lookout to see the view, check it out!

While Liz did a bit of watercolor, I played some tricks with her camera. This a Fold specialty shot showing the town and the path up to the lookout, pretty neat hey.

We head back down and were ambushed by the rain, again. So we sat, drew some pictures and drank sake, what a hard life we have.

As the rain continued we headed back for dinner. Below is some of the local handicrafts hanging outside our room.

And this was the view from our room.

Soon enough it was dinner time. We shuffled into the dining room shared by the six other guests and ourselves to find our table set for action.

What did we have? Your still reading, so I will assume you would like to know.

The tempura was local ferns and pumpkin.

First to be eaten was some fried river fish, very tasty.

Plenty of homemade tofu.

More local ferns in a variety of sauces. The ferns had a sort of camphor flavor.

Some really good miso soup with potatoes.

Some Hida beef cooked at the table with bean sprouts and miso.

One of the highlights of the meal was to be sitting at the table with Japanese tourists eating with them.

This meal was the standout Ryokan dinner we had on our journeys around Japan, though we only tried four different places. Everything was excellent with no individual dish letting the team down.

If I had to pick a highlight of the meal it would probably have to be the local fern termpura, which was easily the best tempura we had during our trip.

Breakfast was light, with more fern, miso soup with lots of tofu, rice and egg. Perfect.

Though I still never got the hang of the little sour preserved plum we always got, it was just so sour and salty.



Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

One Response

  1. nice! yeah the plums umeboshi can be hard work- but they’re good for you- I just ate one cause I’m getting a cold. Love the Fold road mirror shot 😉

    glad to have you back in the virtual world x

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