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  • Shirakawa-go
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    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi
    A village located in Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Ono County, Gifu Prefecture where many old-fashioned “gassho-zukuri” style homes, distinguished by their steep thatched roofs, can still be found. Still used as living spaces today, this rare collection of buildings has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the picturesque scenery of these traditional homes backed by mountains in the distance, visitors can catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and ingenious measures of a Japanese mountain village living in harmony with nature. There are also numerous souvenir shops and restaurants, and this popular destination is visited by great numbers of people from around the country and the world.

    Gasho styled building theme for these nice cottage houses that stood the test of time! Very interesting as they depict the rich cultural and historical aspect of the area dated centuries ago. This is...

  • Chiyobo Inari Shrine (Ochobo-san)
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    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Hiratachousangou 1980
    The main enshrined deities are Taiso-no-Okami, Inari-no-Okami, and Oyagami. Yoshitaka, the sixth son of Minamoto-no-Hachimantaro Yoshiie, at the time of establishing a branch family was granted by Yoshiie that the ancestral spirits be protected forever. After that, their descendant Mori Hakkai opened the village of Suwaki. It was these gods that became the origin of the shrine. It is one of the three major Inari (god of harvest) in Japan, and two million people come to worship here every year. The shrine is said to generate business prosperity. Worshipers purchase sake and fried tofu at a shop near the entrance of the shrine and make offerings to the gods. Along the road leading up to the shrine you’ll find many shops.

    This is a nice small market walk through Kaizu city. It is very intimate with a lot of food markets, small souvenir shops, restaurants, plant shops, clothing shops, arare shops, snack shops, Kushi...

  • Magomejuku
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4300-1
    This is one of the old post towns on the historic Nakasendo highway in which old scenery from the Edo period still remains. The cobblestone path along the hill features various buildings including restaurants and inns that evoke the days of old, giving it a very nostalgic atmosphere. Known as the birthplace of literary master Toson Shimazaki, various facilities connected to Shimazaki remain including the Toson Memorial Museum that is built on the remains of the headquarters of the Shimazaki family.
  • Gujo Hachiman Castle
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouyanagimachi One flat 659
    Gujo Hachiman Castle is Japan’s oldest castle reconstructed out of wood. Building of the fort began in 1559 by Endo Morikazu and by 1667 the shogunate government recognized it as a castle. In 1933 the current castle tower was rebuilt with reference to Ogaki Castle at that time. The sight of the castle appearing to float in the morning mist is a spectacle to behold and is why the castle is also known as the castle in the sky. The four layered wooden castle tower with five floors has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Gujo City.

    Originally built in 1559, this castle was torn down in 1870 during the Meiji Restoration and recostructed back in 1933. Autumn is the best season to visit this castle as the autumn leaves...

  • Takayama Jinya
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hachikenmachi 1-5
    Takayama Jinya was where prefectural governors and deputies exercised government since Hida was put under direct control of the Shogunate in 1692. The purpose of direct jurisdiction was access to the abundant timber and underground resources. After the Meiji Restoration, this building was also used as the Takayama prefectural government building. In order to conserve Takayama Jinya, 16 years of repair and reconstruction work were undertaken and were completed in 1996. There were 60 regional headquarters and sub-headquarters nationwide at the end of the Edo period, but the Takayama Jinya is the only building left in existence today. Takayama Jinya has been certified with two stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

    We were on a day tour and Takayama was our 2nd stop for the day. We had about 1.5 hr to explore this place and so it was quite a rushing visit, simply touch and go mode. The buildings here have...

  • Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple
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    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Tanigumitokudumi 23
    Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple located at the end of Prefectural Route 251, Tanigumitokuzumi, Ibigawa Town is a temple which was established in 798. It is the 33rd pilgrim stamp office for the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Since being granted names for a mountain and a temple by Emperor Daigo, it has attracted worshippers for about 1,200 years, and has been affectionately called Tanigumisan as a temple for fulfilling and completing a goal. It is also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms and fall foliage.

    滋賀と岐阜の寺と城巡りの旅の最終日に華厳寺を参拝しました。西国三十三所第33番札所で満願結願のお寺です。豪壮な仁王門をくぐると本堂までは石畳の長い参道となります。紅葉、黄葉が息を吞むような美しさです。参道の突き当りの長く急な石段を上りきると本堂があります。本堂に参拝し御朱印を頂いた後、本堂裏手の笈摺堂、子安観音堂に参拝しました。最後に満願堂に参拝します。満願堂は本堂、笈摺堂、子安観音堂の奥の高みに...

  • Shinhotaka Ropeway
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    66 Reviews
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    Takayama-shi, Gifu Prefecture Okuhida Onsenkyo Shin-Hotaka
    The Shinhotaka Ropeway is an aerial lift transport system linking Shin-Hotaka Onsen Station with Nishihotakaguchi Station in the Oku-Hida Onsen (Hot Springs) District of Gifu Prefecture. The Ropeway comprises two sections: the No. 1 Ropeway and No. 2 Ropeway. By traveling on both sections in succession, visitors can reach the top of the mountain. The No. 2 Ropeway is the only aerial lift system in Japan to feature double-decker gondolas; passengers can enjoy the sensation of “strolling in the air” at an altitude of over 2,000 meters above sea-level while looking out at the magnificent scenery below. The roof observation deck at the mountain-top Nishihotakaguchi Station offers an almost 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains of Japan’s Northern Alps; this view was awarded two stars in the Michelin Green Guide to Japan.

    来る都度に買っていたけど、クロワッサン系は気にはならなかったけどカレーパンは少し油っぽくなった気がする。 以前はカラッとした食感だったのに。。。 たまたま繁忙期だったから忙しくてミスっただけと思いたい。 ちょっとお値段は高いけど場所を考えたら仕方ない気もします。

  • The Gifu Great Buddha (in the Shoho-ji Temple)
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    141 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Daibutsuchou 8
    Also known as the Kago Daibutsu, the Gifu Great Buddha (Gifu Daibutsu) is located in the Kinpo-zan Shoho-ji Temple in Gifu City; this Buddha statue has been designated by Gifu Prefecture as an Important Cultural Property. It ranks as one of the “Three Great Buddha Statues of Japan,” and is the largest dried lacquer Buddha statue in the country. To create the statue, a wooden framework was built around a central pillar cut from a large Gingko tree; a bamboo lattice was then installed around the wooden framework, and clay was plastered onto the lattice. After this, copies of the complete Buddhist scriptures were affixed to the clay, and then lacquer and gold leaf were applied. With the Great Buddha’s friendly, slightly smiling expression and the peaceful atmosphere of the Daibutsuden hall where the statue is situated, a visit here can induce feelings of calm and serenity. The charge for admission to the temple is 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children.

    While this Buddah isnt as grand as some of the others in Japan, the fact that it was created with a paper mache base made it rather interesting. Not as busy as the others and made for a nice stop...

  • Mt. Kinka Ropeway
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    172 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Senjoujikishita 257
    The Mt. Kinka Ropeway is an aerial lift system in Gifu City that runs from the bottom of Mt. Kinka to the summit; the journey takes about four minutes. During the journey, passengers can view the natural beauty of Mt. Kinka (the slopes of which are covered with old-growth forest) and the Nagara River, as well as the streets of Gifu City. At the summit, there is the Mt. Kinka Squirrel Village, shops, and a restaurant with a scenic view (the restaurant’s beer garden is open in the summer months). A return ticket for the Mt. Kinka Ropeway costs 1,080 yen for adults, 540 yen for children.

    We visited the Gifu Park, Museum and then took the Ropeway up Mt. Kinka to visit the famous castle. Inclined at 25 deg one hardly felt stress as it traverse at 3.6m/sec and brings up within 5mins. We...

  • Ozeki & Co., Ltd.
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    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.
  • Sample Kobo (food model workshop)
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouhashimotochou 956
    Sample Kobo is an experience-type tourist attraction in the Gunjohachiman District, Gifu Prefecture. Located in a 150-year-old building converted from a “machiya” (traditional wooden townhouse), Sample Kobo provides visitors with the opportunity to see, handle, and try their hand at making non-edible food models (of the type used in restaurant window displays in Japan). Advance booking by telephone is needed to participate in the experiential activities. At a price of 900 yen (tax not included) for one item, participants can spend around 20 minutes making model Tempura or ice cream; this activity is very popular with both adults and children. Sample Kobo also has a shop selling lifelike food models in the form of mobile phone charms, fashion accessories, etc., which make great souvenir gifts.
  • Kusakabe Folk Museum
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    71 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-52
    The Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture is located in a building that was originally the mansion of the Kusakabe family, merchants who were closely associated with the Bakufu (Shogunate). The mansion was rebuilt in 1879; with its impressive interlocking beams and wide spaces, it can fairly be described as a masterpiece of vernacular architecture that embodies the apogee of Edo period craftsmanship. The building’s single most impressive feature is the magnificent Butsudan (family Buddhist altar) which cost 300 Ryo (around 10 billion yen in today’s money) to construct. When the mansion burnt down in 1875, the Butsudan was saved; today, this resplendent altar is renowned in Takayama as a place of great spiritual power.

    This is a beautiful building although sparsely furnished it still gives you a sense of life back in the day. We visited in winter so appreciated how cold these places can get! Wouldnt say this was a...

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    152 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 75
    The Takayama Museum of History and Art in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture has a collection of around 75,000 items relating to folk traditions, of which 900 are on permanent display. There are 14 display rooms with exhibits focusing on how the castle town developed and the unique culture of its residents; topics covered by the displays include the Takayama Festival, “machiya” (traditional wooden townhouses), the creation of the castle town, famous writers and artists that had a connection to the Takayama area, and the famous monk and Buddhist statue carver Enku, who also had a close connection with the Hida area. The buildings in which the Museum is located were originally warehouses, built from Japanese Cypress wood, belonging to the Nagata family of merchants; they are highly atmospheric. There is no charge for entry to the Museum.

    This is a small museum keeping not so big collection but well represented the regional history. More tempting is the planting landscape that is colourful and peaceful worth a mediation.

  • Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
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    157 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 178
    The Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to the tutelary deity of the area. According to tradition, the origins of the Shrine date back to the reign of the Emperor Nintoku, when Prince Naniwa-neko Takefurukuma no Mikoto, who had come to the area to subjugate an evil monster, prayed for victory at this site. The Shrine is closely associated with the Autumn Festival that is one of the two Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festivals), the other being the Spring Festival that is associated with the Hie Shrine; the Takayama Matsuri has been designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Some of the “Yatai” (decorated floats) used in the Takayama Matsuri procession are on display in the Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall within the Shrine precincts (the floats on display are rotated), giving visitors the opportunity to view the magnificent decoration, which is a tribute to the skill of Hida region craftsmen, from close to.

    This beautiful shrine surrounded by silence and huge trees conveys inner peace. Beautiful, imposing location. Not to be missed, well worth the visit.

  • Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan)
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 53-1
    The Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan) is a museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to Karakuri. Karakuri are mechanically-operated moving human figures and models that are displayed on the floats that parade through Takayama during the Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festival), one of the “Three Great Festivals of Japan”; they are controlled using strings, springs and clockwork, etc. The Shishi Hall’s “Karakuri Performance,” in which visitors are able to see how expertly the Karakuri are operated, was selected as a one-star item in the Michelin Travel Guide. There is also a display of approximately 300 ceremonial “lion heads” from all over Japan; as the only exhibition of its kind in Japan, this lion-head display has been designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

    Amazing exhibition of the floats used during processions which are huge and finely decorated. Well worth a visit

  • Takayama Castle Ruins
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shiroyama
    Takayama Castle is a flatland mountain castle which was built on a mountain of 686.6 meters in height. The old fortress style with its two three-story watchtower-style castle towers are believed to have been influenced by Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle. Now the inner citadel, the outer citadel and inner enclosure are only partitioned by a dry moat, and there are no buildings remaining. In 1945 the castle ruins were designated as a Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Hida Takayama Museum of Art
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamiokamotomachi 1-124-1
    Located in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, the Hida Takayama Museum of Art has an extensive collection, centering on glassware and fin-de-siècle art. The Museum’s collection of around 1,000 items has a particular focus on the art nouveau style that flourishing in Europe towards the end of the 19th century, as well the subsequent art deco movement and modern glassware, etc. The Museum buildings have won worldwide acclaim for the way they harmonize beautifully with the surrounding natural environment. The Hida Takayama Museum of Art was awarded three stars in the 2007 edition of the “Michelin Orange Guide to Japan” (focusing on museums, galleries, etc.) and three stars in the 2009 “Michelin Green Guide to Japan” (travel guide).
  • Honko-ji Temple
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    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachouninomachi 1-17
    The Honko-ji Temple is a temple belonging to the Hongan-ji sect of the Jodo Shinshu School of Buddhism, located in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture. The temple is renowned as one of the finest in the Hida region thanks to its magnificent Hon-do main hall (made almost entirely from Japanese Cypress wood), Shoro (bell tower), and San-mon (main gate). The Honko-ji Temple is one of the temples visited in the Hida Furukawa Three Temples Pilgrimage, an important winter event in the Hida-Furukawa region that takes place on January 15 every year. On this day, the banks of the Setogawa River and the historic streets are lined with around one thousand traditional Japanese-style candles and large “snow candles”; in this magical atmosphere, pilgrims visit and pray at first the Honko-ji Temple, then the Enko-ji Temple and the Shinshu-ji Temple.

    When you are in the village, this temple is worth a stop, its huge. Its close to the river with a nice walking path.

  • Takumikan Craft Museum
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    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachouichinomachi 10-1
    The Takumikan Craft Museum is a museum in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to ensuring that traditional crafts that have been passed down since ancient times can continue to be transmitted to future generations. The buildings that house the Museum were built by local carpenters using locally-sourced timber, without using a single nail. Inside the Museum, a wide range of wooden joints and wooden puzzles are on display, as well as a “cloud” displaying the Mon (family crests) of the craftsmen who participated in building the Museum; visitors can view the spectacular technical expertise of these traditional craftsmen from close to. There is a very popular experiential corner where visitors can try their hands at putting together the famous Chidori-goshi (“Double Dovetail Joint”), one of the secret techniques of the Hida artisans. The Takumikan Craft Museum is located around five minutes’ walk from Hida-Furukawa Station on the JR Takayama Line. The admission charge is 300 yen for adults, 100 yen for children.
  • Wada House
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    287 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 997
    Wada House is an example of a Shirakawa town thatched-roof ridgepole Gassho style house. It is the largest Gassho style house remaining in Shirakawa Village, and the house has a frontage of 25.48 meters and a depth of 12.74 meters. The current state of preservation of the gardens, hedges, rural district and waterways is also good and it looks beautiful. Although it is currently being used as a dwelling, you can take a tour of the house’s interior, and a fire is always set in the irori fire pit all year round, so you will also be able to make yourself at home around the irori fire pit. In 1995, the house was designated as a Cultural Property of Japan.

    We visited Wada house in Shirakawa-go; which is close to the bus terminal and the bottom of the pedestrian ramp leading to the observation deck. There is a short 3 min video which summarises the...

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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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