Factory / Workshop Spots in Gifu Area

  • Iwamura Brewery Co. Ltd.
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Enashi Iwamurachou 342
    This local sake brewery has a 200-year history. The local favorite Onna Joshu gets its name from Otsuya-no-Kata, the first female lord of the famous Iwamura Castle. They participate in sake competitions and win awards at Gifu Prefecture's Shinshu Kanpyokai (National New Sake Appraising and Deliberating Fair) almost every year. They have free brewery tours where you can see the trolley track that was once used for transporting rice and sake. They also have tastings of their recent brews and hold an event to introduce their new sake to the world on a Sunday and public holiday in February.

    女城主の酒屋さんと言うだけでわかります。昔ながらの間口が狭く、奥が長い作りです。お酒の試飲もできますが、バーカウンターでお酒を自由に立ち飲みできます。車では無いですねとしっかり聞かれました。有名人のサイン色紙がたくさん飾られています。

  • Curnontue
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    5.0
    12 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kiyomicho Makigahora 3154
    "The name of this smokehouse means something like ""How can this be so delicious?"" They make and sell dry sausages, ham, pork patties, and bacon made from Kagoshima Kurobuta pork produced by a veteran farm. The workshop is modeled after an old building in Franche-Comte's Jura area and the large smoke house has a flue at the center for use in smoking their meats. Their premium dried white cured sausage has a deep, distinctive flavor that many customers find addictive."

    We stopped here after our trip to Shirakawa-go and Takayama! Its a quaint place in a lovely countryside setting. A bit difficult to get to if you dont have your own car. Thankfully, we had an...

  • Kobeigama
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
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    Gifu Tajimi Ichinokuracho 4-124
    This kiln opened in 1804. Pottery and ceramics are produced and sold using the Persian techniques of the living national treasure, Takuo Kato, and his 7th generation apprentice, Kobei Kato. Vessels are made by more than 30 skilled craftsmen in a wide variety of styles, such as red painting, Oribe, and Shino, all of which produce rich flavors not found in machine production. There is also a gallery exhibiting representative works, a pottery hall where you can enjoy a pottery classes, and a salon where you can enjoy looking at ceramic works with a cup of coffee.

    市之倉さかずき美術館に行った際、案内看板につられて見学しました。美術館の敷地内にも幸兵衛窯作業所がありましたが、この辺り一帯が幸兵衛窯の敷地なのでしょう。様々な国の陶磁器もあり興味深かったです。

  • Harada Sake Brewery
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi 10
    This old school brewery established in 1885 is half way along Sanmachi-dori Street, northwest of Takayama Castle. Their hallmark brand of sake is known as “Dashi. It’s made with techniques from the Edo period (1603-1867) and a Hida area brewing method known as gento kanjikomi. They also have their own sake brands like the refined Hanakobo with extracts of abelia and begonia that you can taste in their warehouse. The shop offers desserts made with local sake like cheesecake and soft serve ice cream too, and women also really enjoy their products.

    お昼頃高山に着いた私たちは、この日宿泊する宿に車を預けて街歩きを楽しみました。2度目になる高山での、今回の主目的は酒蔵巡りでした。初めに訪れた酒蔵が、こちらの「原田酒造場」です。 店内に入ると広い試飲コーナーがあり、300円で小さなお猪口を買います。そのお猪口に、試飲の日本酒を一杯ずついただけるという試飲スタイルでした。私たちは5-6種類くらいでやめましたが、試飲の冷蔵庫には10種類余りの瓶が...

  • Kaba Shuzojo
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Gifu Hida-shi Furukawacho Ichinomachi 6-6
    This long-established brewery that was founded in 1704 has continued to produce unique Japanese sake using Hida's rich bounties of water. The Shiramayumi pure rice sake made with local Hida Homare rice is the signature sake of this brewery and is meant to be drunk when you feel happy or something good has happened. It has a great taste with the gentle sweetness and richness of rice that slowly emanates out as soon as you put it in your mouth. The Hidano Yancha Sake has a refreshing and crisp taste to it, and is an indispensable sake for those who live in the cold regions of Hida. Energetic, brave and reliable; reminiscent of the river running through Hida.

    飛騨市古川町の白壁土蔵の歴史的な景観が残る町中にある造り酒屋です。控えめな接客だが、酒の飲み方など専門的なアドバイスは的確です。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HINOMARU SEIKA
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    Gifu Kamo-gun Yaotsu Cho Yaotsu 8342-2
    A long-established store in Yaotsu Town, half-way along the 229-kilometer-long Kiso River. They use primarily domestically produced flour to make their senbei wafers, without relying on preservatives or desiccants. They make and sell a variety of products such as senbei with nutmeg husks, cheddar cheese wafers, and senbei coated with a domestic burdock and soy sauce blend. With advance reservation, you can visit their factory and see the whole process from baking to bagging.
  • Hazama Sake Brewery Shuyukan
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    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Honmachi 4-1-51
    "This is the gallery for the Hazama Sake Brewery, which brews pure rice sake made entirely with the ginjo-tsukuri method. It has exhibits of old brewery tools and holds tours of the sake brewery in an old atmosphere. It is said that about 80% of sake's quality comes from the water, so the finest sake has been made for a long time from the high-quality local water source. This store's signature product, ""Enayama,"" has a purely elegant taste using Enayama's underground water from the southernmost end of the Central Alps. It can be tasted in the hall decorated with modern white and black contrasts."
  • Houkokusha Shibukusa-yaki Pottery Works
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    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.
  • Komachi Sake Brewery
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    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Soharaibukichou 2-15
    This veteran brewery was established in 1894. They use subsoil flow from the Nagaragawa River, one of Japan's 100 remarkable waters, as well as Gifu Prefecture sake rice varieties like Hida Homare. The standout feature is that the brewery plays music related to the natural environment, the idea being to create a situation close to nature while working on the fermentation process. In addition to receiving a silver medal at the Sake Competition of International Wine Challenge, they have won various domestic awards as well. Their “Nagaragawa sake is mellow, easy to drink, and slightly dry. They have many other varieties too, including super dry and more refreshing types. They also sell plum wine and ginseng Japanese shochu.
  • Zoho-Gama
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    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Taiheichou 6-87
    This is the studio of Koizumi Zoho, the head of a family that has served the local shrine since the Edo Period. It's five minutes by car from the either Tajimi Interchange on Chuo Expressway or the north exit of JR Tajimi Station. The quality of work they aim for is neither like inexpensive mass-produced items, nor expensive works of art, but somewhere right in the middle. They put particular energy into their rice bowls. Through the trial and error approach of their artisans, they've produced every possible shape and pattern of rice bowl imaginable. The red paint made over a thousand-day period from a pigment known as “benigara looks gorgeous and becomes more subdued as time passes.
  • Okuhida-Syuzou Brewery
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachoukanayama 1984
    This sake brewery is ten minutes on foot from the JR Takayama Line Hida-Kanayama Station. Established in 1720, this old-fashioned brewery offers tours of their facility throughout the year. They thoroughly manage their entire operation, from the careful selection of rice, to the meticulous handling of pure Hida water, to regulating their naturally refrigerated semi-underground sake cellar. With great care given to storage and aging, they brew sake for the Hida locals and the whole nation that's smooth, refreshing, and dry. They also produce Japanese shochu and vodka.
  • Horai-Kuramoto Watanabe Sake Brewery
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    Gifu Hida-shi Furukawacho Ichinomachi 7-7
    "This brewery is located a seven-minute walk from JR Furukawa Station in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture. ""Chogin Shizuku""and ""Gokuiden"", daiginjo top-quality sake which won the Monde Selection Gold Award, are an exquisite brew. They have put out a number of sake brands, such as junmai sake Hida no Tanbo, which won the 2009 World Wine Championship Silver Award. Additionally, they make products such as daiginjo cake, with its forbidden feeling of moistly sucks down, Hida beef pickled in sake lees, and late-night finishing ramen with sake lees and miso made in collaboration with an established shop, Oidaya."
  • Meiho Ham
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Meihoukera 33-2
    Located in the Meiho area of Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture, this is the main factory and direct sales shop of Meiho Ham, which started production in 1953. Meiho uses only high-quality Japanese pork as a raw ingredient, and adds as little food additives as possible. Besides Meiho ham using only thigh meat, there is also “zuiho” seasoned with garlic and green beefsteak plant, and smoked ham smoked with cherry tree wood. You can tour the factory except for in the summer and winter, and taste freshly-made ham in the adjacent shop.
  • Monterre Minokamo Kojo
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minokamoshi Hachiyadai 1-chome 5-1

    The cakes from the cafe were really delicious - and they offer a factory tour! A good stop off close to the Mazak machine tools museum.

  • Hirase Brewery
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamiichinomachi 82

    I love this brewery since the first time I came in this little beautiful town of Takayama. I love sake and in town you have many great one, but Hirase is the greatest among the other great breweries...

  • Shirakawa
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Urushigaitomachi 407-3
  • Kawashiri Shuzojo
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamininomachi 68

    こちらの川尻酒造場は、観光客で込み合っている通りから1本東側の通りにあります。この通りも古い町並みの通りで、酒蔵が多くありました。 川尻酒造場に入ってみると、先客は1組だけ。にぎやかな通りにあった原田酒造や船坂酒造と違って、店内はひっそりしていました。こちらは古酒を扱う蔵のようで、こちらの酒はここでしか手に入らないそうです。熟成古酒「天恩」などが有料試飲できます。古酒らしく、淡い褐色に色がつい...

  • Hirata Shuzojo
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamininomachi 43

    The sake was fine, though not spectacular. We had better sake from other local breweries. The people weren’t there weren’t nasty, but they were fairly unpleasant, especially compared to almost...

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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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