Get ready for Snowing village Shirakawago!!

Snowing earlier in Shirakawago this year!!
Recently, there was heavy snowing about 1 meter height!!

According to the host of minshuku who long living in the village, it is very rare that begin snowing from November. It also mean they need to be prepared for the cold winter and cleaning the snow soon.
Here are some suggestions from the host,
1) Bring your own snow boots / shoes cover when visiting the village
2) For who are self-driving to the village, better to check your car has installed the snow tire (Recommend 4WD)
3) Place of Snow playing
4) Wearing tips

1) Bring your own snow boots / shoes cover when visiting the village

– In order to keep warm and prevent slippery ice.
– Few and Limited snow boots rental service for free if you staying overnight at minshuku (First-come-first-serve)
– Size: basically 23~27cm, no kid size will be provided

Though, I found these water-proof boots when I travelling the village. Also, they have some cute boots for kids.

2) For who are self-driving to the village, better to check your car has installed the snow tire (Recommend 4WD)
– You may be stopped by the guards of highway and no permission to access Shirakawago if the car has not installed the snow tire.
– Highly recommend 4 wheel drive vehicle (4WD vehicle)
– Please confirm with your rental car company, especially for who rent from non-snowing area.
– Arrive the village as soon as possible about 15:30 or before. As it will be completely dark and cannot see the road well after the sunset(about 16:30).
– Better to use public transportation to come if you have less experience in driving when snowing.

3) Place of Snow playing

Please be reminded that do not enter the rice field in front of the villager house. That are villager’s important harvests for sell. Please be an ethical and responsible traveler! 
✖ Play at private rice field 
✓ Place in front of Kondo store
✓ Scarecrows place(near Nagase house)

4) Wearing tips

Be carefully and bundle up!!
Have a nice trip!