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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.
  • 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。

  • Tanizawa
    Style / Fashion
    Gifu Gujo-shi Hachimancho Honmachi 839
    The only store dealing in Gujo pongee fabric, a luxurious handwoven silk cloth is made with plant dyes to produce a luster and simple colors. It is woven with top-grade, carefully selected domestic spring cocoons. The more you wear it, the more lustrous it gets, and it can even be worn for three generations. Munehiro Rikizo, who was born in Hachiman-cho, revived the tradition of pongee woven by Gujo farmers for personal use. He employed an innovative technique to create today's Gujo pongee. He's been nationally certified an Important Intangible Cultural Property Technology Holder, a first for an individual dealing with pongee. The store's first floor sells kimono accessories and indigo dyed merchandise, and the second floor displays works by Munehiro Rikizo.
  • Sanroku Station Shop
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Hot spring village Shinhodaka Shinhodaka Onsen Sta.
    "A souvenir shop in Shinhotaka Onsen Station, the boarding point for the Shinhotaka Ropeway. It also has restaurants and a footbath. The shop has a wide variety of items such as noted products from the Northern Alps, carefully selected Hida sake, and Shinshu wine. Some of the many items only available there include miniature toy cars and lapel pins replicating Japan's only two-story gondola. Their Meshinosai is a popular prepared product made of wood ear mushroom. The name means ""rice accompaniment"" in the local Hida dialect."
  • Sancho Station Shop
    Style / Fashion
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Hot spring village Shinhodaka Nishi Hotaka Exit Sta. 3F
    "A store on the 3rd floor of Nishihotakaguchi Station, accessible via the Shinhotaka Ropeway. The ropeway has a panoramic view and two stars from the Michelin Green Guide Japan. The store's many limited edition items include postcards you can send from ""Yamabiko Post,"" the Japan's highest mailbox with service year-round, sable shortbread cookies, and commemorative prints of the 2,156-meter summit. They also have wooden charms with small bells attached that can be marked with the date of your ascent. Their Unkai Mochi treats featuring red bean jam with locally grown perilla in soft, cloud-like sticky rice cakes is a perfect Shinhotaka souvenir."
  • Folkcrafts Kuratsubo
    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamiichinomachi 8-1
    An antique shop located about 15 minutes from the Takayama Interchange on the Chubu Jukan Expressway. Its old-fashioned facade is reminiscent of historic Takayama. It sells Hida Takayama antiques including folk crafts, items for everyday use, art, and more. Everyone from local restaurants to traditional homes nationwide shop here for their interior decor. They've shipped items abroad too, including an all-cypress door with fine wooden lattice work, a Japanese zelkova chest of drawers, and a large Imari ceramic bowl. They also take orders for 30 - 70 centimeter sugitama, the cedar twig balls that hang under the eaves of sake breweries.
  • HIDA COLLECTION Kurashi no Seisakusho
    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamiokamotomachi 3-362
    This woodwork shop was born from a desire to make Hida furniture that would be passed down through the generations. Using old timber harvested from the forests of the Hida region, they make items like single slab tables, wooden desks, and smaller items. Their single slab tables made of top-grade wood dried with both natural and artificial processes last a lifetime and grow more beautiful the more they're used. They also offer made-to-order work crafted from mountain cherry, horse chestnut, zelkova, walnut, and other woods. Small items such as clocks, photo frames, and stools make great gifts.
  • Fabric & Kimono Shop ODORIYA
    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamisannomachi 5
    A kimono shop in Kamisannomachi that dates back to the Edo period. It sells cotton fabric, cotton apparel, bags, smaller items, and more. They focus on original products featuring thread for sashiko, a kind of traditional Japanese hand embroidery, made to order for dye houses. Sashiko thread comes in 370-meter bundles for fine varieties and 185-meter bundles for yarn. It's more loosely woven than regular thread, producing a textured feel when sewn. Other items include unbleached thread, mixed six-hued thread, and thread in 25 colors. Their wide variety of hand towels include traditional chusen dyed, reversible, and old-fashioned original designs that are fun just to look at.
  • Hida-Sashiko (Sanmachi Shop)
    Style / Fashion
    Gifu Takayama-shi Kamisannomachi 6
    "A shop selling Hida-sashiko, an artistic traditional hand embroidery that strengthens the fabric and looks chic. Beyond traditional patterns and designs, they offer items like noren curtains, monk's work clothes, tea-towels, tablecloths, and more that blend the classic and the modern. The folk art movement declares sashiko to be ""beautiful and practical,"" and it's known for being durable and long lasting. As items are produced stitch by stitch, even the same patterns will have their own personalities."
  • Yamaai no Ie
    1 Reviews
    Gifu Ono-gun Shirakawamura Ogimachi 702
    "This souvenir shop is located a seven-minute walk from the Shirakawago general information center ""Deai no Yakata"" opposite the Myozenji Museum. It sells local sake using Hida's famous water, folk crafts and specialty products. There are stalls selling quick and tasty treats, with ""Cremia"" being one of the most popular products, having a crunchy Langue-de-chat cookie base with rich and creamy soft serve ice-cream on top. Visitors can also enjoy the carefully prepared ""Hida Beef Buns,"" which bring out the juicy savory flavor of Hida beef with miso accents. Gassho (large thatched roof) style straps made of beads are also popular souvenirs."


  • Shimoogiya
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Magome 4264
    "This souvenir shop is located almost in the center of the Nakasendo Highway post town Magome-juku. It handles a wide variety of Kiso handicrafts and specialty confectionery. The shop's recommendation is the handmade folk craft ""Harugoma."" or toy horse which has been made since ancient times in Magome. It is a lucky charm in the form of the Kiso horse and made with straw, that's famed for its simple loveliness. Seasonal sweet chestnut paste, local fruit rice crackers, and skewered sweet rice cakes served with soy sauce and miso are sold here as well. Another popular item is the large sake cup ""Guinomi"" that is made from Japanese cypress grown in a harsh environment, and takes twice as long to grow compared to the common cypress."
  • Inaka Kogeikan Craft Museum Sanchu Washi Workshop
    1 Reviews
    Gifu Hida-shi Kawaicho Tsunogawa 709
    "This craft museum is where you can experience the traditional craft of ""Yukizarashi Sanchu Japanese paper"" in Kawai-cho, Hida City. You can enjoy experiences including papermaking and vegetable dyeing. Sanchu Japanese paper is made by exposing and bleaching ""kozo,"" the raw ingredient for Japanese paper, with snow for a characteristically light and natural color. Called ""Kozo no Yukizarashi,"" it is a traditional technique that has been handed down for close to 800 years in the area. Although it has been handed down as a farmer's winter work, the number of producers has decreased dramatically in recent years. In addition, it is possible to observe the work process by the craftsmen and the actual making of Japanese paper."

    柏木さんというおばあちゃんが毎日山中和紙の作業を行っています。3階には飛騨の古い生活用具が展示されています。 入館料は無料ですよ。

  • Yamane Washi no Mise
    Gifu Mino-shi Izumicho 1891-1
    "This general store is located in Izumi-cho, Mino City. In addition to ""Honminoshi"" which is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan, the store carries a wide variety of washi Japanese paper as well as goods made of washi paper. The two Yuzengami paper designs ""Hanadori"" and ""Heian Emaki"" are known as a ""happy set"" which are said to bring good fortune."
  • 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.

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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