Nagase House

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Go Back in Time in Shirakawago

The Nagase House is one of many in the Shirakawago village. The houses in the area are built in the gassho-zukuri style which imitate the shape hands make when in prayer. The particular style is also useful in shedding snow from the roof during winter. Considered one of the largest houses in the village, the Nagase House is five stories tall and once housed 44 people. Each floor had a specific job such as making silk or making ropes/cloth as everything in the village was handmade in the past. The Nagase family were once personal doctors to the Maeda family during Edo Japan period and as a result, various medical instruments are on display from those times. The house itself has been passed down for 250 years with some of the family members residing in the house to this day.

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