Blessed with nature, Shirakawa-go is swathed in verdant greens during the summer months. It is a season of beautiful contrasts as the brilliant sunlight casts dark shadows in the shade of the trees. With Shirakawa-go sharing the characteristics of a highland area, it is known to be a comfortable place to spend time, even in mid-summer.
The bird’s call is the delight of Japan’s summer.
● Willow-leafed magnolia
The tree’s white flowers adorn the mountains. It is also known as ‘Nioikobushi’.
● Lush green vegetation
Starting in the area of the gassho style village, Shirakawa-go is wrapped in green. The season for enjoying a stroll has arrived.
● Opening of “Mt. Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road”, “National Highway Route 360”, and “Prefectural Route 451 (Mt. Hakusan Pak Line)”.
These local roads are closed due to snowfall during winter. They are re-opened from approximately early June until early November.
● Mt. Hakusan officially opens
One of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, the holy mountain of Mt. Hakusan officially opens to climbers with a ceremony that takes place around the beginning of June.
● Lush virgin forest
Travelling along Prefectural Route 451 (Mt. Hakusan Park Line) through Oshirakawa, the virgin forests of beech and oak display a brilliant deep green.