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  • Sumii Tomijiro Shoten
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Minatomachi 46
    Located approximately a one-minute walk from the Nagara-bashi bus stop, this souvenir shop is on a side street off of Nagarabashi-dori Street. They specialize in both folding and non-folding fans, and make both by hand. There are special Gifu fans and other items for tourists coming to see cormorant fishing. Their mizu-uchiwa (fan of bamboo and very thin Japanese paper) are made with natural varnish applied to paper made from the fibers taken from the bark of a clove-like bush, and it is characterized by its cool, see-through appearance. There are also items designed with goldfish and cormorant fishing images. It does not close from May 11 to October 15, the cormorant fishing season. In addition, its operating hours are different during and after the season.
  • Mitsubachi Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Hinodemachi 2-5
    This eatery an 11-minute walk from the JR and Meitetsu Gifu Stations operates with a theme of a sense of the season, fine ingredients, and the warmth of earth. They serve seasonal vegetables organically grown in the Gifu area, meat, wild seafood, and more, all prepared with natural seasonings. They also sell items they use themselves for guests to enjoy at home like farm fresh vegetables and seasonings. Their offerings include an omelet-rice dish of the day, their chef's special lunch, and their Obanzai meal set, an assortment of 3 side dishes that change daily with two main items (recommended, available only in the evening). You'll want to go back again and again.
  • Sekigahara Marblecraft Co. Ltd.
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Prefecture Fuwa-gun Sekigahara Town Sekigahara 2700
    This is a stone carver's gallery and shop. They offer a beautiful line of items, mainly made of marble and granite. Their attractive collection includes gravestones, stonework crafts, artistic sculptures, and more. You can get a cup of tea and enjoy some of their sculptures at their Cafe Marble. Their homemade cheese cake, hamburger steaks, and rice omelets are popular, and many guests come just to eat at the café.

    関ヶ原ICを利用した折、見させてい頂いたので概略を投稿させていただきます。 国道365号にに面した入口から入ることができますが、最初は喫茶店が目にはいいってきますので、まさか展示場があるとは気づかない人もいるかもしれません。 建物は大理石をふんだんにつかった豪華なもので、大理石の良さを味会うには良いかもしれません。

  • Yanagase Souko
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Yayoichou 10 Kanagawa Building
    An apartment-style rental space located in the Yanagase shopping arcade. The facility is host to a variety of idiosyncratic tenants, including a boutique, Western confectionary shop, and a café, and just looking around provide hours of fun. There’s also the Yanagase Souko Housing Estate, a collection of tiny, mostly consignment sale shops which displays and sells pieces handmade one at a time by artisans. The facility also promotes activities such as the 878 Club, a group of amateur beekeepers; and the “Chisana Craft-ten,” an exhibition held four times a year selling handmade items. The facility’s doors are open every day, but the hours and scheduled closing days differ from tenant to tenant.
  • Yoro Onsen Yusen no Sato
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Oshikoshi 1522-1
    This hot spring facility complex is located approximately a 15-minute walk from Yoro Railway’s Mino-Takada Station in Yoro County, Gifu Prefecture. You can enjoy natural hot springs said to be effective for neuralgia in a spacious rotenburo (open-air bath) and high or low temperature inner baths. In addition, in the separate thermotherapy building, you can shed daily stress by bathing in bedrock bathroom using lots of bath salt and shiunseki (purple cloud rocks). Besides aesthetic treatments, body care massages and body scrubs, there is also a hotel and restaurants to enjoy Japanese and western-style cuisine, making it a place where you can heal yourself for an entire day.
  • Ryokaizan Yokokuraji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Tanigumikambara 1160
    This temple is said to have been built in 803 by Saicho in the mountains at the end of National Route 267 in the Ibigawa-cho area of Ibi County, Gifu Prefecture. It enshrines 22 important cultural properties including Bhaisajyaguru, and is called Mino’s Shosoin (treasure house) because it has a collection of many paintings and books. Among them, the remains of Myoshin Hoshi, said to be a “sokushinbutsu” (self-mummified monk), can be seen in the “sharido” (hall where a Buddha’s remains are kept). The temple grounds and the mountain trees are very colorful in the autumn, and an autumn leave festival and tree illumination are held, delighting the eyes of many people as a popular spot for the changing autumn leaves.
  • Daikokuya (Kuruwamachi Shop)
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Kuruwamachihigashi 2-14
    This tofu shop about a ten-minute walk south of JR Ogaki Station was founded in 1916. They use Fukuyutaka soybeans raised in Gifu Prefecture, Ogaki underground water and the shop's historic techniques to make tofu that's rich and delicious. Their most popular product, known as “Ogaki wa Mizu no Miyako Jumangoku Tofu, is good both warm and chilled. Their No. 1 Ogaki certified brand “Basho Mizu Tofu is popular too, as are their sweets like creamed tofu and pudding. They hold tofu making classes at their workshop.
  • Yontori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Higashitogawachou 1-15
    This Japanese restaurant located near Ogaki Castle is approximately seven minutes on foot from JR Ogaki Station. Founded in 1929, the veteran shop uses Okumino-kojidori chicken, a local Gifu brand. Plain boiled or steamed the traditional flavor of the chicken shows through. In addition to enjoying cuisine such as their Taste of Gifu multi-course meal with carefully selected local ingredients, they sell an Okumino-kojidori bento lunch box with chicken and ground meat on rice, as well as a seasonal bento lunch box. You need reservations during the day. In the evening they offer hot-pot dishes and kaiseki banquet cuisine you can enjoy with rare wines.
  • Cheesecake Princess
    13 Reviews
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Nishitogawachou 2-45
    A cheesecake specialty shop offering over 20 varieties of cheesecake at any given time from among a selection of more than 100. The shop’s cheesecakes are made with select ingredients and include fruit cheesecakes, vegetable cheesecakes, Japanese-style cheesecakes, and seasonal cheesecakes. The shop’s cheesecakes were originally made just for the family’s owner—crafted without the use of excessive additives or chemical compounds, these cheesecakes are safe and healthy to eat for adults and children. Particularly recommended is the “Hana Yori d’Anje,” a delicately sweet and melt-in-your-mouth unbaked cheesecake served in a masu wooden sake cup from Ogaki, a city which boasts the largest production of masu cups in the country. Visually appealing as well, this cheesecake variety makes for a popular souvenir.

    After our boat ride near the river, we were recommended to try this cake shop by the locals. We ordered a slice of cheese pudding cake and a strawberry short cake. Drinks were earl grey tea and soy...

  • Coco Cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Fuwagunsekigaharachou Sekigahara 811-39
    A café located a five minute walk from the Site of Ishida Mitsunari’s Encampment Aimed at tourists visiting the historic site; the café serves items inspired by the samurai and military commander among other things. Open from 9:30 a.m., here you can enjoy a breakfast set which includes coffee, toast, and a salad. The café’s special “Battle of Sekigahara Curry Lunch” is made with Sekigahara-grown Koshihikari rice and, inspired by Tokugawa Ieyasu, supreme commander of the Eastern Army, uses Hatcho miso as the secret ingredient. The café also sells original merchandise, and the café’s cute soaps, decorated with caricatures of the various commanders involved in the battle drawn as animals created by the owner, make a perfect souvenir.
  • Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science and Industry
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Kawashimatakehayamachi 1
    Located 25 minutes away from JR Owari-Ichinomiya Station by taxi, this pharmaceutical museum is inside Eisai’s Kawashima Plant. It runs various exhibits related to pharmaceuticals including the history of medicine and pharmacology. You can also see precious items such as human-powered pharmaceutical production machinery, signboards, advertisements and Meiji period (1868-1912) medicine. Because there are English explanation panels and captions, even foreign tourists can enjoy and learn. In addition, in the temporary exhibition room, they hold special exhibits introducing materials with themes based on what the curators have researched every year. It is a great place not only for adults, but for children’s research projects.
  • Shinsakaigawa Riverbank
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Nakamonzenchou Around
    This embankment runs along the Shinsakaigawa River in Kakamigahara City. It's well-known for its cherry blossoms and has been chosen as one of the top 100 cherry blossom viewing sites in Japan. About 1,200 Yoshino cherry trees run along both banks, forming the amazing sight of a blossoming tunnel over the river. The locally born and bred kabuki actor Hyakujuro Ichikawa donated them when the Sakaigawa River Drainage Canal was completed, and they're still known as the Hyakujuro Cherry Trees. Their annual cherry blossom festival in early April with its food stalls along the bank and various events at the nearby park is always crowded with visitors.
  • Abemaki Chaya
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Unumamitsuikechou 2-205
    This Japanese-style cafe is located in Kakamigahara City and uses a storehouse built in the Taisho period (1912-1926). You can get a taste of sweets using Uji matcha powdered green tea and hojicha (roasted green tea) in a space with a relaxed, Taisho period (1912-1926) retro atmosphere. The store opens from 9:00, and offers a morning menu with items such as “pan de sweets matcha.” They are popular for sweets including Mont Blanc cake with Uji matcha, Uji matcha anmitsu (syrup-covered bean paste and fruit), and frozen green chocolate. In addition, besides their classic Japanese-style tofu hamburgers, they also have hijiki seaweed salad rice, salad cha soba (salad of buckwheat noodles with green tea powder added to the flour) and other healthy menu items. (Category / Cafe)
  • Alaska Bungu
    Style / Fashion
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Kandamachi 6-16-2
    A boutique standing along Nagarabashi-dori Avenue. The shop sells select, high quality stationary and lifestyle goods from around the world and also makes and sells original products. The shop frequently gets new stock, so visitors can enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime encounter every time they come. Everything the shop sells is a choice, carefully selected item. The shop also holds events during even-numbered months and particularly sells items for illustrators. Some of the shop’s products can be found no place else. Many of the shop’s selections are just a little unconventional and make great presents. The shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Sekigahara Town History & Folklore Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Fuwagunsekigaharachou Sekigahara 894-28
    This museum exhibits historical materials related to Sekigahara Town mainly on the Battle of Sekigahara. The exhibition room is decorated with folding screens with battle scenes, old documents such as letters exchanged between samurai generals, and replicas of armor they wore. The large diorama that shows the Sekigahara area gives an easy-to-understand explanation of the events in the battle with lights and audio. The museum has a smartphone application you can use to receive additional explanations.
  • Sofukuji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara Fukumitsu 2403-1
    This temple with ties to Oda Nobunaga belongs to the Myoshinji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. To reach it, you can take a city loop bus counterclockwise from JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station, get off at the Nagaragawa Convention Center North Entrance stop, and walk three minutes. Oda Nobunaga’s Family Grave is there, with the remains and mortuary tablets of the Nobunagas and Nobutadas. The main hall's Chitenjo with floorboards from Gifu Castle stained by the blood of soldiers is well known, and the hall has valuable items on display. In autumn the colored leaves of the dodan-tsutsuji shrubs in their garden are superb. They hold the Oda Nobunaga Memorial Ceremony on the first Saturday of October every year.
  • Boulangerie Un Pain
    3 Reviews
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Hiratachousangou 894-1
    This bakery is right near the large southern torii gate to Chiyobo Inari-jinja Shrine in Kaizu City. Its name means a loaf of bread in French, and as the name implies, each and every item is prepared with the utmost care. Their genuine baguettes are famous, made with authentic ingredients and methods. They offer different freshly baked items daily. Their crispy croissants with fresh cream inside, brioches made with fresh local eggs, and kouign-amann all come recommended.


  • Takaya Inari-jinja Shrine (Well at Takaya Inari-jinja Shrine)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Takayachou 3
    A Shinto shrine located in a shopping arcade area not far from the JR Ogaki Station’s south entrance rotary. A well is located at the shrine which was built to replace a turtle pond which once stood in front of Ogaki Station. Ogaki City is well-known for the abundance of clean water which wells up from under the ground in the area. As one would expect, the waters of the well here are also extremely clear and clean, and the well has even been selected as one of Ogaki’s 20 best water-related sites by the city. In part because the well was built through donations by local residents, the well is extremely well-maintained. There are also many trees and green plants growing around the well, making it a great place to stop, take a break, and cool off in the middle of a hot summer day.
  • Tanakaya Senbei Sohonke (Main Shop)
    7 Reviews
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Honmachi 2-16
    Located in the city of Ogaki in Gifu Prefecture, Tanaka-ya Senbei is a shop founded in 1859 that specializes in Senbei (rice crackers). The founder learned to make Senbei in Osaka, and invented Ogaki Senbei, which contain miso. This recipe has been handed down through the generations, to produce crackers that achieve a hard gloss without the use of eggs. The miso flavored with a Koji leavening agent has its own special sweetness and scent and melts in one’s mouth. It sells three types of crackers, the thick and round, one-folded with a balance of hardness and sweetness, and twice-folded, that is famed as the hardest in Japan. The shop also offers Tamahodo, wafers that come in a variety of flavors.

    味噌入り大垣せんべいが、おすすめと聞いて、1枚、焼きたてができるのを待って、出来立てのホヤホヤを買ってすぐ食べてみた。 味噌とゴマの香ばしい香りがして、何か昔懐かしい味がしました。パリッと美味しかったです。 せんべいには、緑茶より、ほうじ茶の方が合うような気がしました。 4枚入り500円をお土産に買いました。

  • Imoniichan no Mise
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Hiratachousangou 1984
    Chiyobo Inari Jinja Shrine, popularly known as Ochobosan, is one of the Japan's three great shrines dedicated to the god Inari. Located along the path that leads to the shrine is Imo Niichan, which specializes in Daigakuimo (glazed sweet potatoes). Customers can enjoy freshly made Daigakuimo while watching them being cooked on a large griddle. The combination of the thick, shiny, slightly crispy coating and the warm, tender sweet potato is a treat not to be missed. Anyone who eats her quickly understands why this uniquely delicious flavor brings in so many regular customers. Daigakuimo are available in four sizes, ranging from small to extra-large. The restaurant also serves Oni Manju sweet buns with sweet potates (white or black sugar) and Imokenpi (strips of hard candy sweet potatoes).

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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