Shirakawa (白川村 Shirakawa-mura) is a village located in Ōno District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is best known for being the site of Shirakawa-gō, a small, traditional village showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri.
As of July 2011, the village has an estimated population of 1,734. The total area is 356.55 km2 (137.66 sq mi).
The village is located near Takayama, in Gifu. Together with Gokayama in Nanto, Toyama, it is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. From Wikipedia