The historic villages of Gokayama and Shirakawa-go consist a UNESCO World Heritage site. Old folk houses in the traditional gassho-zukuri architectural style are still preserved in the villages. It is a landscape you rarely see in the present Japan.
The area has heavy snows in winter. With the roofs covered with thick white snow, the old houses get lit-up on selected dates in January and February every year. I went to see the sight in Shirakawa-go on January 28.
As the sky gets dark, the lights get brighter and warmer. It was a fantastic view, just like I had seen in postcards.