Shirakawa-go is a little peaceful village between Kanazawa and Takayama. It is designated as a world heritage site for its Gassho style house.
There are 4 hostels (Guesthouse) around the village where you can stay in a dorm room at a reasonable price.
Make a reservation at least 3 months before during the peak season. (The peak season is winter because there are a lot of Asian tourists who go to see the village with SNOW!)
Here are the 4 hostels we recommended!
Shirakawa-go HostelShirakawa-go Hostel is the closest hostel from the world helitage highlight Ogimachi district in Shirakawa-go. They have private rooms and dorm rooms at a reasonable rate.
They also offer a parking space for those who travel Japan by car.
As this hostel is quite popular, make a reservation as soon as you make out your itinerary.
Ant Hut Guesthouse
Ant Hut Guesthouse is a brand new hostel which was opened in 2015. It is 25 minutes walk from the heart of Shirakawa-go village.
The owner of this hostel can speak good English and offer pick up service between the hostel and the village. It has a cozy living room and kitchen. The rate starts from 4,300JPY
Guesthouse TaroemoGuesthouse Taroemo is a little and cozy guesthouse located Hirase Onsen district which is way far from Shirakawago. It is 20 minutes by car or bus.
Seems like they do not accept reservation through any Online travel agent like (Booking.com or Agoda). You can book it by phone only. So try call them if you can speak Japanese.
Guest House YAMASHITA-YAGuest House YAMASHITA-YA is a friendly hostel in Gokayama which is also a world heritage site 15km away from Shirakawa-go.
It has 2 dorm rooms and 1 private room. The owner can speak English and very helpful. It is a good option for those who want to escape from the busy village, Shirakawago!