Shirakawa-gō, Japan. Shirakawa-gō in the Gifu Prefecture of Japan is a tiny traditional village showcasing an architectural style known as gasshō-zukuri, which is translated as "prayer-hands construction". The steeply slanting thatched roofs resemble two hands joined in prayer and are able to withstand fierce snowfalls typical of the region. When winter presents its full repertoire, Shirakawa-gō turns into a white, fluffy wonderland, cut off from the rest of the world. A truly magical sight.