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  • Ozeki & Co., Ltd.
    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
    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
    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
    9 Reviews
    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.

    高山に宿泊した翌朝、高山陣屋前にあった朝市と、宮川朝市に行きました。宮川沿いに並んでいる朝市の反対側、つまり川側ではない方に、この右衛門横町がありました。 いくつかの小さな飲食店が入っていて、美味しそうなものが並んでいました。

  • Mishima Japanese Candle Shop
    17 Reviews
    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.

    One of less than 10 candle shops in all of Japan where traditional Japanese candles are hand made. The candles are vegan candles and are said to burn with less smoke and have a brighter light.

  • 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
    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.
  • Gero Hot Spring Footbath Village Yuamiya
    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.
  • Hida Sashiko Company
    22 Reviews
    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.

    I love sashiko and the projects I share with friends. I purchased some thread and discovered the uniqueness of your products. The staff was gracious and helpful since I did not speak Japanese very...

  • Machiyui Shop
    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
    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.
  • Shinkogei
    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
    1 Reviews
    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.


  • 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.
  • Tsuruya Shoten
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu 519
    A shop which sells local liquors, bathing powders created from sun dried mineral deposits collected from a hot spring well, Tsurunoyu natural hot spring mineral salts, and souvenirs. The shop’s “reverse hot spring eggs,” a Hirayu specialty, are boiled using hot spring waters drawn up right at the front of the shop—these tasty treats are characterized by soft egg whites, firm yolks, and a slight sulfur smell. Due to hygienic concerns, the eggs are not sold for takeout and must be eaten on the premises, but some people like to bring their own condiments to season the eggs just to their liking.
  • Oribe Utsuwa-Tei
    14 Reviews
    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Shoujimachi 3-2
    You can recognize this ceramic shop on Oribe Street by its retro building that used to be a merchant's house. The shop mainly deals in Mino-yaki pottery, a tradition that dates back to the Heian period. They stock the work of many studios and artisans with an abundance of unique color schemes and patterns. They also sell pottery from the “Heuge Jyussaku Extreme Potters Group, a spin-off project based on a popular manga cartoon. The gallery on the second floor has a permanent exhibition and a break space where you can enjoy matcha green tea or Japanese sweets while gazing out at the garden.


  • Takayama Souvenir Shop
    71 Reviews
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nishinoisshikimachi 2-180 Takayama Green Hotel
    This thoroughly entertaining shop takes the Takayama Festival as its theme. It is in Takayama Green Hotel on National Route 158 south of JR Takayama Station. Boasting more than 7,000 items, they offer the largest selection in the Hida area, and since you can taste many of their products, just browsing is fun. They also offer workshops for activities like making Hida’s famous Sarubobo talismans and preparing salted Japanese rice crackers. Apart from creating your own souvenirs, there are lots of events where kids will be sure to make memories.

    This is kind of small shopping center, located next to Takayama Green Hotel (10 min walk from JR Station), and you can find so many local products such as sweets, sake, crackers, pickles, etc. Free...

  • Souvenir Shop Yamakawa
    Gifu Gero-shi Koden 1163-1
    Located at the western end of the Gero Ohashi Bridge, this is Gero Onsen's largest souvenir shop. You can recognize it by its 2.4-meter-tall blue eyed beckoning cat, known as James Gorohei Jr. Lots of tourists take photos with it. The shop offers a wide selection of unique Gero Onsen souvenirs. These include slow boiled onsen-tamago eggs in dashi broth, Hida beef rice balls, and boxed lunches with lots of Hida beef, and the Inochi-no-Ichi local rice brand that's been declared the tastiest in Japan. The adjacent sake shop sees a lot of visitors and features the 12 breweries of the Hida area.
  • Shirotori Mokuyukan
    Gifu Gujo-shi Shirotoricho Mukaikodara 717-1
    A shop specializing in woodwork at Roadside Station Seiryu no Sato Shirotori. Since ancient times, Shiratori Town has been known for producing high-quality cedar and hinoki cypress. The shop is run by the Gujo Forestry Cooperative that manages the local forests with the environment in mind. Their many inviting wooden items include a table made of a single slab of 200-plus year old horse chestnut, and a round display shelf ideal for modern interiors. It's fun just looking at the items they have on display. Their laser-carved name plates are also popular.
  • Watanabe Indigo Dyehouse
    2 Reviews
    Gifu Gujo-shi Hachimancho Shimadani 737
    "A long-established store that has done traditional Japanese indigo dyeing since its founding in 1580. To this day they make noren shop curtains, wrapping cloths, pouches, carp streamers, and more using traditional all-natural indigo dyeing techniques. The 14th owner, Hishiya Yasuhei, is a Living National Treasure and his skills have been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset by Gifu Prefecture. Incorporating contemporary elements with traditional techniques, Gujo dyeing has become known throughout Japan and abroad. The 15th owner has inherited the store and the tradition. Their ""Japan Blue,"" which fades from dark blue as it ages, has gained fans worldwide."

    郡上八幡伝統の郡上染を見ることができます。 藍染がメインですが、朱や山吹色の鮮やかさもとても見栄えのする染め物です。 鯉のぼりの色使いが独特でとてもきれいでした。 お店というより工房に商品がある昔ながらの町やで、入口すぐに藍の入った「かめ」があり雰囲気があります。 接客をして下さったご主人の手に藍が染みついていて、現代で職人を見ました。

Gifu Areas


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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