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  • Sample Kobo (food model workshop)
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Gujo, a small town of Gifu is famous for Odori dance as well as a centre of food replicas. We visited Sample Kobo and our workshop consisted of creating tempura and cabbage. We had fun doing hands-on...

  • Takumikan Craft Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Komachi Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Harada Sake Brewery
    46 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Excellent. Daisuko picked us and another couple up at the train station and gave us a very good history of the castle and shrine on the small village- we had no idea. We then had a great tour of...

  • Watanabe Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachouichinomachi 7-7
    Watanabe Sake Brewery is a sake brew pub located a seven-minute walk from JR Furukawa Station in the city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture. It sells several varieties of its famous “Daiginjo no chogin shizuku gokuiden” which won the gold medal at the Monde Selection and “Junmaishu hida no tanbo” which won the silver medal at the World Wine Championship in 2009.. It also sells the wicked pleasures of Daiginjo Sake Cake and Hida beef pickled in sake dregs. In cooperation with the long-standing noodle shop Oidaya, it sells a type of ramen made with miso that has been combined with sake dregs.
  • Meiho Ham
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Iwamura Brewery Co. Ltd.
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Curnontue
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Hazama Sake Brewery Shuyukan
    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."
  • Shirakawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Takayama-shi Urushigaitomachi 407-3
  • Hida no Furniture
    Gifu Takayama-shi Nadamachi 1-chome 82-1
  • Adachi Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gifu-shi Kotozuka 3-chome 21-10
  • Ito Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Kani-shi
  • Enajozo Fukuoka Kojo
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Fukuoka 2992
  • Ena Jozosansatokojo
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Misatochou Noi 380-1
  • Otsuka Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Ibi-gun Ikedacho Ikeno 422
  • Hayashi Main Store
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Kakamigahara-shi Nakashinkanocho 2239

Gifu Main 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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