Do you really want to spend the night in Shirakawago?
As I said at the beginning of this article, it is not always easy to find a hotel that meets your criteria in Shirakawago. Indeed, Ogimachi has only a few dozen houses, which greatly reduces your choices.
Also, since Shirakawago is a tourist destination, there are many more travelers who wish to stay overnight than there are rooms available. This situation increases the prices of ryokans, but also youth hostels. It’s sometimes impossible to find a single free room throughout the village.
In addition, visiting Shirakawago requires only half a day. This makes it more a thoroughfare than a real stopover. The hamlet becomes very quiet after dark. It’s a good thing for travelers who want to relax and have an authentic experience in a remote area of Japan. But it’s a less interesting context for tourists who want to go out at night and meet Japanese people.
Alternatives to Shirakawago
For all these reasons, it is often better to look for housing in a city near Shirakawago, rather than inside this historic village. The two best candidates are Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture and Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.