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  • Ozeki & Co., Ltd.
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Ogumachou 1-18
    Ozeki & Co., Ltd. is a long-established (founded in 1891) manufacturer of paper lanterns, with its head office in Oguma District, Gifu City. Paper lantern manufacturing is one of Gifu City’s traditional crafts; besides supplying Bon-chochin lanterns to department stores etc. throughout Japan, Ozeki & Co., Ltd. also exports “AKARI” designer lighting brand products (which were developed in collaboration with the U.S. born sculptor Isamu Noguchi) to Europe and North America. AKARI products have won international acclaim for their superior artistic qualities. In addition, Ozeki & Co., Ltd. produce innovative products that break with convention, such as paper lanterns made from traditional Japanese “Washi” paper, and “Letter Lanterns” that can be folded up and sent in the form of a letter, etc.
  • Ebisuya
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 89-2
    This souvenir shop in the famous World Heritage site of Shirakawa-go occupies a rustic wooden building that blends well with the landscape. It’s often featured in travel programs as is located right as you reach Shirakawa-go. They sell an array of special Shirakawa Village products, including regional sake varieties like cloudy nigorizake and premium ginjoshu as well as a variety of food products like pickled red turnips to accompany it.
  • Ji-Ba Kobo
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ijima 6
    A souvenir shop located in Shirakawa-go which makes and sells local folk crafts. The shop’s name is derived both from a word meaning “local area” (“jiba”) and from words meaning “old man” and “old woman” (“jiji” and “baba”), and accordingly the shop creates items according to traditional methods and by harnessing the knowhow cultivated by senior citizens born and raised in Shirakawa-go. The shop specializes in kusaki-zome plant extract dyed fabric items and wara-zaiku straw work goods, as well as cloth zori sandals, scarfs, and other products. All of the shop’s products make great souvenirs and bear that special warmth only handmade items have. The shop also offers short handicraft classes with an advance reservation. The shop is closed on Mondays.
  • Uemon Yokocho
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shimoichinomachi 19
    Located a 10-minute walk from JR Takayama Station in a refurbished old sake brewery, this is where you can eat Hida beef rice boxes and delicious handmade chiffon cakes in their “Sabo Koto,” a guest room that uses a Japanese house’s tatami mat room parlor as is. In addition, there is a shop where you can eat Hida beef man (steamed bun with meat) using 100% Hida beef, gohei-mochi (grilled rice cake skewered and basted in sweet walnut miso), and Hida beef croquettes. It has many different souvenirs with shops such as a directly operated shop by Hida Takayama Ranch, a store selling sweets made from beans, selling pickles, chopsticks and lacquered bento lunch boxes made by Hida Shunkei.
  • Mishima Japanese Candle Shop
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachouichinomachi 3-12
    This Japanese candle shop is about five minutes on foot from the JR Takayama Main Line Hida Furukawa Station on Ichinomachi Street, which is sometimes used as a set for TV dramas. There are very few Japanese candle shops. Founded over 240 years ago, it’s said this is the only one that makes all their products by hand. The candles are perfect vegetable based, so they don’t give off much soot and maintain a flame well. They’re also used for the traditional event known as Santera Mairi, the Three Temple Pilgrimage. The candles make popular souvenirs, and you can see them being made at the store.
  • Takumi-Kan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shimosannomachi 1-22
    This tourist spot is approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Takayama Station. Just a little to the east of Kajibashi Bridge, the three-story facility was built to fit the concept of a “city station. There are six shops including an Italian restaurant, a furniture shop, a souvenir shop, a cafe, and more, so visitors can enjoy the charm of Hida all in one place. The furniture store features tables with tops made from single cuts of wood. Other shops sell private brand items that can't be purchased elsewhere and hold workshops where you can try making them.
  • Kobikiya
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 286
    A souvenir shop located next to the Wada House, a designated National Important Cultural Property, a three minute walk from the Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal. Inside the traditional thatched roof building, you’ll find a wide variety of products. Many of the items sold here are made with doburoku unrefined sake, a Shirakawa-go specialty product, including doburoku yokan jelly and doburoku kintsuba flour dough sweet bean cakes. The shop also carries tsukemono Japanese pickles, snacks, and sake. The shop’s small thatched roof home-shaped knickknacks and sarubobo lucky amulet dolls make perfect souvenirs. The shop’s crepe sarubobo dolls can be found no place else and come in a variety of colors, so you can choose your favorite.
  • Okuda-Mataemon-Ko Honpo
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 28
    Ten minutes on foot from JR Gero Station, this store is run by a pharmaceutical manufacturer headquartered in Gero City, Gifu Prefecture. Their Okuda Gero Abura ointment is a Gero Onsen specialty, sold to ease lower back pain, joint pain, and stiff shoulders. It was handed down through the generations to Okuda Mataemon, an orthopedic doctor in Gero Onsen. They offer black, white, and green Gero Abura, as well as a liquid version. They have a variety of other products too, like bathwater additives, and Japanese style scented papers called Nagomi Sheets. You use different ones according to your symptoms.
  • Gero Hot Spring Footbath Village Yuamiya
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima 801-2
    Located beside Gero Onsen Shrine on Gero's onsen street, you can snack on this shop's original sweets while soaking in a foot bath. Their Ontama Soft is a fusion of Gero Onsen slow-cooked egg and soft serve ice cream, and their warm Honwaka Pudding is heated in a hot spring. They also carry a variety of merchandise like Onsen Cosmetics made with Gero Onsen's beautifying hot spring water, products with Hida beef, traditional Hida district handicrafts and folk items, standard souvenirs like small goods made with antique cloth, and Yuamiya original merchandise.
  • Genki na Yasaikan
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 2495-3 Village Seseragi Park parking lot side
    This direct sales stop has an exterior with characteristically simple rustic gassho (large thatched roof) architecture. It is located a 50-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station, and is situated at the entrance to the world heritage site of Shirakawago from the Hietsukyo Gassho Line. It sells mainly locally-grown vegetables and processed goods, richly preparing the flavors that represent Shirakawago throughout the year including spring mountain vegetables, summer vegetables, autumn chestnuts, and the winter specialty, “akakabura naga-zuke” (radish pickled without removing leaves). In addition, it sells interesting products filled with care such as steamed cake using local ingredients, onigiri rice balls and butterbur shoot miso.
  • Hida Sashiko Company
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kataharamachi 60
    Located about a 10-minute walk from JR Takayama Station, this long-established store manufactures and sells traditional Hida handicrafts, sashiko (quilted clothes). Housed in a machiya (traditional wooden townhouse) on a quiet street along the Miya River, it has a space that spreads like a gallery. The “bobo kurumi,” carefully made piece by piece, is a cute sarubobo (monkey doll) made using cloth that can be bought only here. There are many small accessories that use traditional patterns in a contemporary style, and besides pouches and bags, there are also luncheon mats and tissue paper cases with beautiful designs. Even the same products have their own individuality, making it fun to search for your favorite one.
  • The Gifts Shop
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Hashimotochou 1-10-1 Active G2F
    A gift shop located on the second floor of the Active G mall connected directly to JR Gifu Station. Serving as a space for providing information about local Gifu products, the shop carries some 1,500 products produced in the prefecture at any given time, from furniture and knickknacks to foods. The shop’s shelves are filled with handpicked items, including sake cups from Gifu’s Toki region, an area known for its abundant production of ceramics; local Gifu liquors; and ultra-sharp knives from Seki City, a renowned cutlery production center and birthplace of such famous swordsmiths as Magoroku Kanemoto and Izuminokami Kanesada.
  • Machiyui Shop
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Tokishi Tokigaoka 4-5-3 Terrace Gate Toki
    A concept shop located in Terrace Gate Toki just past the Tokiminami-Tajimi Interchange Exit on the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway. Dedicated to the concept of “tying the town together,” the facility operates as a center for regional revitalization and engages in a variety of projects, including regional events and developing new products and markets. The facility hosts a tourist information center, café, ceramics classroom, and gallery, as well as a variety of special shops from all over selling goods from the Tokai region, sweets, foods, ceramics, and handmade items.
  • Houkokusha Shibukusa-yaki Pottery Works
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamininomachi 63
    This porcelain shop is a little to the east of Kajibashi Bridge. Founded in 1841 and run by Houkokusha, to this day they continue to make hand painted Shibukusa-yaki chinaware. This is the only place Houkokusha’s products are available. Since everything is meticulously hand painted, their pieces aren’t cheap, but they’re high quality. People often give them as gifts, and Japanese people sometimes choose them as a reward for participating in the “countryside tax system. Their hallmark product is a tea bowl painted with chrysanthemums inside and out. If you hold it up to the light you can see how beautifully the patterns are rendered.
  • Gero Onsen Ideyu Morning Market
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 2626
    This morning market is held at the entrance of Gero Onsen Gassho Village in downtown Gero Onsen. In addition to locally harvested vegetables and specialty products like tomato juice, blueberry jam, buna shimeji mushrooms, local sake, and pickled red turnip, you can also buy locally produced miso and konnyaku gelatin. Vegetables are on sale from Friday to Monday. They also sell a variety of Japanese items like chirimen silk scrunchies and pouches, antiques, and Gero specialty items you won't find at ordinary souvenir shops.
  • Gujo Hachiman Beer Kobokobo
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoushinmachi 939
    Gujo Hachiman Beer Kobokobo is an artisan beer brewery made with the famous local water. Its sales outlet is located inside ofGenrinMachiyaBuilding, a traditional machiya house, built more than 80 years ago, that once housed an apothecary. Because of a microbrewery, the amounts available at any one time are limited, but many varieties are available, including pale ale and cream ale. The smallgarden of the house functions as a food court, where customers can buy food at the counters and sit wherever they like to enjoy their beer. The machiyaBuilding also houses Spain Bar and other businesses, and customers may buy the food to accompany their beer at one of these other places.
  • Shinkogei
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hachikenmachi 1-86
    This Hida Takayama studio creates and sells folk arts and crafts with a focus on woodblock prints. Their popular dolls have a unique feel and are made with a technique they developed called “Mokuhan Tezome. They have a wide variety of these, including their Chinese Zodiac, Zodiac Kids, Hina Doll, and Carp Streamer series. The handmade dolls all feature rustic raw cotton dyed with Hida woodblock printing. They're steamed at a high temperature to fix the color before being stuffed with rice hulls and sewn closed. They also produce the traditional Hida votive plaques known as “Hida Matsukura Ema that have been made since the Edo period.
  • Sumii Tomijiro Shoten
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Minatomachi 46
    Located approximately a one-minute walk from the Nagara-bashi bus stop, this souvenir shop is on a side street off of Nagarabashi-dori Street. They specialize in both folding and non-folding fans, and make both by hand. There are special Gifu fans and other items for tourists coming to see cormorant fishing. Their mizu-uchiwa (fan of bamboo and very thin Japanese paper) are made with natural varnish applied to paper made from the fibers taken from the bark of a clove-like bush, and it is characterized by its cool, see-through appearance. There are also items designed with goldfish and cormorant fishing images. It does not close from May 11 to October 15, the cormorant fishing season. In addition, its operating hours are different during and after the season.
  • Yanagase Souko
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Yayoichou 10 Kanagawa Building
    An apartment-style rental space located in the Yanagase shopping arcade. The facility is host to a variety of idiosyncratic tenants, including a boutique, Western confectionary shop, and a café, and just looking around provide hours of fun. There’s also the Yanagase Souko Housing Estate, a collection of tiny, mostly consignment sale shops which displays and sells pieces handmade one at a time by artisans. The facility also promotes activities such as the 878 Club, a group of amateur beekeepers; and the “Chisana Craft-ten,” an exhibition held four times a year selling handmade items. The facility’s doors are open every day, but the hours and scheduled closing days differ from tenant to tenant.
  • Touto Souzoukan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Honmachi 5-9-1
    This commercial complex at the entrance of Honmachi Oribe Street was the area’s wholesale pottery district until the beginning of the Showa period (1926-1989). In the building that incorporates the image a warehouse in its exterior, there are stores for pottery and miscellaneous goods, an experience corner to overglaze plates and cups, and a corner introducing pieces by young artists. The Tajimi City PR Center on the first floor is lined with many goods such as specialty goods including Mino-yaki pottery for everyday use, Tajimi arare (rice crackers), “Zenmi Suigetsufu” (boiled tsukudani shellfish like food made from dried wheat gluten), Tsuzuhara jam and maple tea, agricultural products, and goods for Tajimi City’s mascot character Unagappa.

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan's greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture's traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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