上高地 (Kami -kochi)
Kami-Kochi is popular for Japanese to visit in hot summer, because the altitude is high. People visit there to breathe cool and fresh air there. It’s on the Japan Alps.
Takayama is called ‘Little Kyoto’. Old avenue keeps clear water streem both sides of the streets. Many traditional old shops locate along the street.
This village is snow deep in winter. To prevent from the heavy snow on a roof, its shape of the building became like this. We call this structure ‘合掌造り'(Gassho-Tsukuri). The roofing is with thatch grasses. Every house is several hundred years old. Until the few decades ago, they kept silk worms in these houses for silk products. In Meiji era, silk was a national product to export to Europe and America.
Shirakawa-go is World Heritage｡ It was listed to the heritage because of not only the buildings but also the living style of the people there. They keep their slow and LOHAS life.