The Shiroyama Viewpoint is north of the village center and offers nice views of Ogimachi and its farmhouses. The viewpoint can be accessed via a walking trail (closed in winter) in about 15 to 20 minutes from the village center or by a shuttle bus, which stops outside the Gassho-zukuri Minkaen open air museum.
Ogimachi village is home to several dozen well preserved gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
The farmhouses are quite amazing structures, designed to withstand the harsh winters while providing a place to work and live, and are best seen either covered in snow or surrounded by green fields. Many of the farmhouses are now restaurants, museums or minshuku, where you can stay overnight.
Slightly out of the way and away from the madding crowds stand these 3 photogenic houses. Photographers pitch their tripods for the perfect lighting and shot. In the settlement stands many of these interesting photo spots so follow the guidemap given out free at the tourist information counter for good spots. Any avid photographer's dream place.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During winter, there can be a lot of snow in Ogimachi. You may want to bring your boots, although at the guesthouse I stayed at, you could borrow their colourful rubber boots. Also remember to dress warmly. The area is located in the valley and the temperature is much colder than the surrounding regions. When I was there in April, the snow was still almost knee-deep even though in regions like Tokyo and Kyoto, the weather was pleasant enough for the cherry blossoms to start blooming.