Tenshukaku Observatory

Tenshukaku Observatory
Voice Guide of Spot Introduction
Page last updated: Nov, 10, 2020
TOURIST Guide editing dept.
Jason Surguine

The Tenshukaku Observatory, which overlooks Ogimachi village, is located in the village of Shirakawa-go where “Gassho-Zukuri” houses are clustered together.
It is near to a restaurant called “Tenshukaku”, but you don't have to buy food to enter the observatory.

The scenery from this is observatory looks like a birds-eye-view of the Shirakawa-go and Ogimachi villages, and frequently used on local pamphlets and guide books.
This region is characterized by the fact that all the “Gassho-Zukuri” houses are facing the same direction to avoid wind and snow damage.
The landscape, with rows of steeply sloping roofs, is also unique to Shirakawa-go as such roofs don’t require shoveling.
These houses are lit up during the snowy season of January and February, which turns a village, that was once known for its harsh living environment, into a beautiful atmosphere that fascinates many visitors.

Information of Spot Detail


889 Ogimachi, Shirakawa, Ono District, Gifu

Telephone Number


Spot Types


Regular Holiday

No closing days




2 hour bus ride on the Kaetsuno Bus Line from JR Takayama Station, 20 minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal
2 hour bus ride on the Kaetsuno Bus Line from JR Takayama Station, get off at the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal, and transfer to a shuttle bus leaving from the Hakusui-en restaurant (across the street from the important cultural property Wada House) for a 5 minute bus ride
1 hour bus ride on the Nohi Bus Line from JR Takayama Station, 40 minute walk from the Shirakawa-go bus station

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