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World Heritage Coin Sets 6. The Historic Villages of Traditional Houses in the Gassho style

The cultural property inscribed on the World Heritage List is composed of a set of three historic districts: Ogimachi in Shirakawa-mura (village), Ainokura in Taira-mura and Suganuma in Kamitaira-mura, Ogimachi is located in the Shirakawa-go area in Gifu Prefecture; Ainokura and Suganuma are both located in the Gokayama area in Toyama Prefecture. The Shirakawa-go/Gokayama area is one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan, located in the remote mountain region around Mt.Hakusan (elevation 2,702m), one of the highest mountains in Japan. The Gassho-style house is a large farmhouse with a gabled thatched roof. The steep roof demonstrates a practical response to the heavy-snowfall location. Some of the larger houses are of four or five-storied construction with specious attic-level rooms dedicated to sericultural work.

Image of Coin set of The Historic Villages of Traditional Houses in the Gassho style, cover

Image of Coin set of The Historic Villages of Traditional Houses in the Gassho style, coinsImage of Coin set of The Historic Villages of Traditional Houses in the Gassho style, back cover