Drive on Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

Hello world. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. If you remember we’ve previously traveled to Shirakawago. We happened to visit this place once again but this time from Kanazawa through the mountain road called Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road.

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

Access

We drove down to the entrance of Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road.
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Admission

1,400 yen for our car (for more info, refer a link at the end of this post). Now our adventure begins!

Entrance of Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

Great Views

It isn’t white at all in summer, however mountains in green looks so nice.

 

Waterfalls

We were super dehydrated, wanted anything cool so bad. Got off the car and headed to the waterfalls but DAMN it was such a long way to go!

Finally got to the falls. It was amazingly cool and took all heat from my body. I could stay all day soaking my feet (wish I had my swim wear!). Totally cooled down!

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

On the way back though it was long enough to get the sweat back again!(killer)

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Shirakawa-go

Access

Alright. After driving another hour or so we got to Shirakawa-go. Turns out, many people still visit this place in summer!

Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu

Admission

The main parking costs 1,000 for a day for a regular car.

Entrance for the houses in the area costs 300 each but it’s up to you.

Views

See the difference? (please refer our trip to Shirakawa-go in winter)

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Lastly

Driving on the other side of the mountain was quite different and we encountered unexpected discoveries. I bet it would be even better in winter (and tougher with snow). Hope we will have another opportunity to visit there again.

See you around!



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Oujigadake, Kojima/Tamano: The smiley stone face

Photo of the day: Oujigatake, Tamano City

One weekend, Mr. Wada and I wanted to have some adventure. While searching for sightseeing spots nearby, I found an interesting picture of rock formations in Kojima. The place is called Oujigadake/Oujigatake (王子が岳). It’s situated in between Kurashiki City and Tamano City.

王子 (ouji) means prince and 岳 (take) means peak.

It’s a bit far from the main road, so if you plan to visit you need to go by car. The parking area is located on top of the mountain. From the parking area, you walk down to the other side of the mountain where the rock formations are located.

Oujigadake (王子が岳) is designated as part of the Setonaikai National Park. There are gigantic granite rock formations around the cliff, some in odd shapes, creating an extraordinary scenery.

During our visit, we didn’t see any stores in the area. Although there’s a vending machine, which is a good thing since some refreshments will be needed after walking up and down. There was a building not far from the parking area but it was closed at that time. (It was actually the Oujigatake Park Center.)

Walking around, we came across with a group of senior visitors. I remembered one of them had canned goods and offered it to the cats. Maybe a regular visitor, I thought.

We continued our way down towards the nearest cliff. It’s the spot where I took the photo. We tried to sit down on one of the rocks (stable-looking one) and posed for some photos, which is already scary for me. But there were these guys who were crazier to go further by sitting while their legs are hanging. I wouldn’t dare!

Looking closely at the photo, you’ll see there’s a rock that looks like a head with a smiley face. Unfortunately, we didn’t go further to that point but it seems that it’s a popular take-off spot for paragliding. I’ll definitely check it out the next time I visit.

It’s a good place for walking or hiking, or even just for relaxing and enjoying the view. The view from the peak is great, same as Shiratakiyama, Innoshima, you can also see the Seto Inland Sea. Straight in front, across the waters and at the back of the small island is the Kagawa Prefecture (well-known for its udon)  on Shikoku Island.

Oujigadake, Kojima/Tamano: smiley stone face
Oujigadake, Kojima/Tamano (June, 2014)

Travel Itinerary of Oujigadake

Route Okayama City -> Oujigadake/Oujigatake -> Okayama City
Sightseeing
spot location
Oujigatake Park Center
7 Kojima Karakotochou, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, 711-0905
Google Maps
Time needed to explore 2-3 hours
Method of
transportation
 car