Heavy Traffic Expected during Golden Week in Shirakawa-go
Heavy traffic is expected around Shirakawa-go during the Japanese public holidays, Golden Week (27th April-6th May).
Every year, the traffic jam can be maximum 5km from the Shirakawa-go IC on the highway to the public car park.
As parking and traffic delays are inevitable private cars travelling as well as public transport should expect long delays (minimum 1 hour) especially during the day (9am-5pm).
Please note private cars travelling are advised to take exit at Shokawa IC to R156 North to Shirakawa-go instead of taking exit at Shirakawa-go IC.
Village public parking for approximately 900 cars and 40 buses is available. To search for the address,
We strongly recommend you check the traffic updates and leave plenty of time to travel to and from Shirakawa-go.