We made a brief two-hour stop at Shirakawago en route to Kanazawa from Takayama. While we wanted to maximize our JR Pass, the place is not accessible by train. Thankfully they had the option of a one-way ticket from Takayama to Kanazawa with a stop at Shirakawago which you can purchase at the bus station.
Shirakawago looks like it comes right out of an anime. Rather, I’m sure they’ve made a few animes with the place as the main source of inspiration. The draw of the place are the Gassho-Zukuri style houses, some of which are more than 250 years old. I wish now that I had stayed at least one night there to explore the place and with the little we had, you can enjoy some shots of the scenery here.