Take a tour of Shirakawa Village in Shirakawa, Japan – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats. The spectacular country of Japan is an interesting fusion of bustling urban centers and beautiful rural countryside. Amidst the latter is the small and peaceful village of Shirakawa, in the northwest of this island nation. It is located high on the top of Mount Haku and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village has gained a reputation as a wonderfully traditional Japanese agricultural community, both in lifestyle and architecture. The houses here have steeply pitched roofs to protect them from the heavy snows that fall here in the winter months. Throughout the year, the countryside that surrounds Shirakawa Village presents a pleasant complement to the village buildings.