Other Factory Tour / Demonstration Spots in Gifu Area

  • Sample Kobo (food model workshop)
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Shirakawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Takayama-shi Urushigaitomachi 407-3

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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