Posted June 12, 2013on:
Shirakawa-go is a small region, nestled in-between the mountains that lie between Takayama and Gifu, and it’s been listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites due to the traditional gassho-zakuri1 houses that dot the village grounds.
But of course like all famous tourist sites, Shirakawa-go has become rather commercialised, with house stays, pay-per-entry viewing, and lots of souvenir shops. In the middle of the largest village, Ogimachi, is a large parking lot for tour coaches and that’s where you’ll find the restaurant Shiraogi.
They do serve Hida beef as well, served on a hoba leaf with their specialty miso but I decided to skip that since I had quite a lot of beef the night before at Yamatake.
So instead I had their tonkatsu with miso sauce. It was decently cooked but nothing to scream about. However the miso sauce was quite unique – how should I put it…it was salty sweet and sour at the same time – really special!
If you do happen to be in Ogimachi around lunchtime, Shiraogi is probably the best place to have your lunch, and their Hida beef sets are quite value-for-money, assuming you haven’t gorged yourself on it before coming to Shirakawa-go.
155 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go, Ono-gun, Gifu
- Japan Guide: Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”, as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.↩