As a day-trip from Kanazawa, we boarded a bus and drove 1.5 hours up into the mountains to Shirakawa-Go. At the heart of the area, the village of Ogimachi was built hundreds of years ago in (literally) one of the world’s snowiest climates. It’s famous for the gasshō (合掌) style of houses whose architecture and construction have endured against-all-odds– as they are built entirely of wood with thick grass roofing.
Our kids again had a blast just frolicking in the snow, and we enjoyed the spectacular scenery– particularly including a dicey suspension bridge hanging high above a raging river.
In spite of the fact that on this day of all days, Sydney and Piper left their gloves in the hotel room (!), everyone had a marvelous time even with wet feet (leather tennis shoes… sigh) and partially-frozen hands.
We hiked around, visited the local shops, satisfied Sydney’s never-ending desire for udon, and took a lot of pictures. 🙂