After spending the night in Takayama we woke up early and joined a bus tour to Shirakawa. You can read my post on Takayama here.
Takayama to Shirakawa takes about 50 minutes and our cheery bus tour guide Yama-chan gave us a quick lesson on Shirakawa history on the way. He also have us maps and his recommendations.
The drive over was pretty scary actually, the roads were windy and snowy. We went through lots of tunnels, the longest being almost 11km!
Our first stop was the view point over Shirakawa where most of the promo pictures are taken from!