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  • Tsubameya (Yanagase Main Shop)
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Hinodemachi 1-20 Royal Building 1F
    Located an 11-minute walk from JR and Meitetsu Railways’ Gifu Station, this popular Japanese sweets store makes products utilizing the deliciousness of the ingredients for an amazing result. Their popular product is “hon-warabi mochi” (brack starch cakes covered in sweet soybean powder), which is fluffy and melts in your mouth, and is covered with lots of fragrantly roasted soybean powder. Please note that although this branch opens at 9:00, only this product is sold from 11:00. In addition, the store is also lined with seasonal sweets and items only available there, such as the Daichi no Oyatsu series, mochidora (chewy red bean pancakes sandwiching red bean paste), kusamochi (pounded rice cakes with Japanese mugwort) and kuzupurin (kudzu starch pudding).

    木曽へ行った帰りに寄りました。商店街に車を停めて歩いていくと、お店の前でどら焼きを頬張っている人が10人くらい。 代表的なお菓子を聞くと、店員さんは迷わずに わらび餅...

  • Valise Bagel
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Nakasumiyoshichou 1-19
    This bagel shop is located in front of Kakamigahara City Hall. A blue sky that brings to mind the airplane used in the shop’s logo is drawn onto the ceiling of the white interior. Cherishing natural flavors, they offer safe and delicious bagels that use no oil, milk or eggs, and use Gifu-grown wheat and Shirakami Kodama yeast. A popular item in the shop is their assortment of 12 bagels, which they pack with mainly slightly sweet and easy-to-eat bagels. It is open from 11:00 to 18:00 or until their goods are sold out.
  • Le Pont de Ciel
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Senjoujikishita 257
    Kinkazan Observatory Restaurant offers a panoramic view of the city of Gifu and Mt. Kinkazan in Gifu Prefecture. Its dish, Nobunaga Dotedon, made from beef tendons and pork organ meats simmered in miso separately and served over rice, won the B1-Grand Prix in Gifu City. Customers can also enjoy the Hida Beef Bento, available in limited quantities, Hida Beef Hamburger Rice, Miso Pork Cutlets, made with healthy Gifu pork, Hida Takayama Ramen, and other delicacies.
  • Nagara River Ukai Museum (Gifu Nagara River Museum of Ukai Tradition)
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    3.5
    82 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara 51-2
    This museum in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture is a six-minute walk from the Ukaiya bus station located a short bus ride from Gifu Station. The museum was opened in 2012 in order to propagate, spread, and protect the tradition of ukai (cormorant fishing) in the Nagara River, which has continued for over 1,300 years. The museum’s first floor features an area where you can learn hands-on about ukai as well as exhibits including examples of traditional ukai attire. On the second floor, visitors can enjoy learning about ukai from exhibits about usho (cormorant fisherman) and their yago (trade names), exhibits on historical figures with deep connections to ukai, a “guidance theater,” and more. The museum also rents out conference rooms and other facilities.

    Find out about the art of fishing with cormorants and the traditions behind it. If you are going on to the boats to watch how it's done, this is a good introduction to the trip.

  • Naraya Honten
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Imakomachi 18
    This long-established Japanese confectionary shop was founded in 1830, and is located in Imako-machi, Gifu City. They provide a traditional taste that has been guarded since it opened with the motto of things that do not change and should continue to be protected. Their specialty “Yuki Taruma” and “Miyakodori” are meringue confectionery using only select caster sugar and fresh egg whites since they were first sold in 1886. The white birds are cute, and the candy breaks apart easily and melts in your mouth. In addition, famous confectionery with elegant tastes such as the “kagariyaki ayu,” which is made in the shape of the beautiful sweetfish in the Nagara River and use mainly egg yolks, that you can purchase there are highly recommended as souvenirs.
  • Japan Line Unuma Forest
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Unuma Ishizan
    A park located a 20 minute walk from JR Unuma Station. The park encompasses Hida-Kisogawa Quasi-National Park and the Place of Scenic Beauty-designated Kisogawa River. The park’s Furosato Chobo no Oka and mountaintop observatory areas offer sweeping views of the Nobi Plain and Inuyama Castle. Also a popular destination for enjoying night views, the Furusato Chobo no Oka lookout, located close to a parking area, often bustles with people. There is a children’s library called Mori no Honya-san located in the park, making it a popular destination for families with children as well.
  • Ogaki Sunflower Field
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Hiramachi
    Take the Meihan Kintetsu Bus Hashima Line from Ogaki Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line, get off at the Sugue bus stop, and walk eight minutes. A 2.7 hectare, formerly fallow field planted with some 120 thousand sunflowers. The best time to view the flowers is from mid-August to early September. Sunflowers are planted here at two different times each year, ensuring visitors can enjoy viewing the flowers for an extended period of time. During the Sunflower Festival, the flowers are also lit up at night. An elevated rail line used by the Tokaido Shinkansen is located nearby, and if you are very lucky, you just might get to see a rare “Doctor Yellow” Shinkansen train jetting by decked out in a yellow livery similar to the sunflowers.
  • Tsuchiya (Tawaramachi Main Shop)
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Tawaramachi 39
    Tsuchiya is the main store of a traditional sweet shop founded in 1755 in the city of Ogaki in Gifu Prefecture. Specialties on sale include persimmon yokan (candy made from agar and bean paste) made from intensely sweet Dojo Hachiya persimmons, Noshigaki and Enju Gaki, with a slightly dried surface. From autumn to winter, one of its most popular products is Kuri Kinton, made with only sugar and the finest chestnuts that careful farmers grow in the local rich soil. The beautiful Japanese sweet called “Mizu no iro (the color of water)” is a rarity that has attracted coverage in Nikkei Newspapers.
  • Basho's Oku no Hosomichi Haiku Journey Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Funamachi 2-26-1
    This museum is 16 minutes on foot from JR Ogaki Station. It consists of the Basho Hall which details Matsuo Basho's character and life on the road, as well as an exposition of his The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the Senkenkan which introduces five sages who played an important role in Ogaki from the late Edo Period to the end of the shogunate, the Sightseeing and Exchange Hall that presents sightseeing information for Ogaki City and the Nishi Mino area, and the Mukayusotaiseisha. They have permanent exhibitions like an 3D AV theater with a 200-inch screen, documents, a diorama, and more that let you learn about the world view behind The Narrow Road to the Deep North, as well as Bassho's life.
  • Kagano Hachiman-jinja Shrine Well
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Kagano 1
    A scenic well located a five minute walk from the Kaganoguchi bus stop on the Kintetsu Bus from JR Ogaki Station. One of the most celebrated natural spring wells of the many found in Ogaki, a place which has been known for its abundance of water since ancient times, this popular well was also selected as one of the 100 most beautiful springs in the Heisei period. The current well was dug in 1988. On weekends, the area bustles with people come to enjoy the burbling well’s beauty and partake in some its delicious waters. In 1991, a garden pond fed by the well and a children’s park were erected around the well; sticklebacks (Hariyo), a rare variety of fish which can only live in pure waters, swim in the pond.
  • Uoso
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Yajimachou 1-3
    This kappo Japanese restaurant in Yajima-cho, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture specializes in sweetfish cuisine. Dedicated to using wild sweetfish taken locally from the Nagara River, they purchase them fresh every morning when in season. The fish's lifespan is just a year, and as they grow between summer and autumn, their flavor gradually changes. Their preparation methods alter accordingly, from segoshi (thin sliced sashimi) to sweetfish simmered nitsuke style. When sweetfish is out of season, they offer a separate seasonal menu with wild vegetables and duck.

    長良川近くのアットホームな割烹料理店で、 長良川の天然鮎にこだわった コースは、鮎の一夜干し、鮎刺、塩焼き、酢だき、 八丁みそ焼き、鮎そうめん、鮎フライなど オリジナルの美味しいお料理を十分に堪能できます。 事前に予約を入れておくことをおすすめします。

  • Bentendo
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Kandamachi 5-12
    This Japanese sweet shop founded in 1912 is a 10-minute walk from JR Gifu Station. Their Kurikomochi treats covered with chestnut powder is said to be the ultimate in Japanese confectionery. Artisans meticulously prepare them with only carefully selected domestic chestnuts. Adding the absolute minimum amount of sweetener, they leave the mochi rice cake itself unsweetened, letting the unadulterated flavor of the chestnuts shine through. Besides Japanese sweets like kuri-kinton (mashed sweet chestnuts) and strawberry daifuku (mochi rice balls with sweet filling) and strawberry custard daifuku during strawberry season, they also offer Western confections like roll cake, marble cake, baumkuchen, pie cake, and more.
  • Masu Kobo Masuya
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Nishitogawachou 2-8
    This is the directly operated store of the masu (wooden square shape sake cup) maker Ohashi Ryoki, and is located a 15-minute walk from JR Ogaki Station in Gifu Prefecture. Including masu used as congratulatory cups from a traditional size of three shaku (about 54 ml) to one go (about 180 ml), they sell many drinking sets such as their Apollo Wine Masu that is suited for drinking wine, wine coolers and a masu mug coated with a urushi coating. They also manufacture and sell everyday goods including magazine racks and eco humidifiers using traditional masu making techniques. Their “Goukaku Shimasu” (you will succeed) and “Goukaku Masu Strap” (success sake cup strap) created as lucky charms are highly recommended.
  • Kawaramachi Izumiya
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Motohamachou 20
    This restaurant in the historic district of Kawaramachi is on a bank of the Nagaragawa River, famous for cormorant fishing. It specializes in ayu sweetfish cuisine. Their salt grilled ayu carefully cooked over Kishu binchotan charcoal is so soft you can eat it from head to tail, including the bones. Their Ayu Ramen topped with sun-dried and flaked sweetfish is a local favorite. If you put rice in the last of the broth, you can enjoy it even further as “ayu-zosui. Their salt grilled ayu and bamboo leaf rolled sushi are available for takeout and good for bringing with you on the boat to view cormorant fishing. Evening reservations are required during cormorant fishing season.

    We didnt make reservations but they were able to take us in. Some of the staff werent so friendly, maybe because we hadnt made reservations. We felt a little rushed because they told a few times...

  • La Luna Piena
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Tamaichou 21-1
    This authentic Italian restaurant occupies a modern Western-style building in Kawaramachi's old town with its historic ambience. Their meals are prepared with seasonal ingredients by their skilled, Italian trained chef, and you'll love dining in its comfortable space that blends Japanese and Western styles. Their dinner course comes recommended. Changing monthly, it makes the most of the seasonal flavors available. The restaurant is perfect for dinners on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, with a view of Mt. Kinka and Gifu Castle, which are lit up after dark. For their lunchtime Premium Course, you need to make reservations the day before at the latest.

    We passed by this small restaurant on a walk around town one day, and decided to give it a try. Italian food in Japan? Seemed different, and I cannot tell you how impressed we were. The food was...

  • Kawaramachiya
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Tamaichou 28
    This gallery and cafe does business in an over 130-year old building like a machiya (traditional townhouse), and is located a three-minute walk after getting off at the Nagarabashi bus stop of the Gifu Bus N Route from JR or Meitetsu Railways Gifu Station. Besides the Kawaramachiya Coffee that they carefully make cup by cup with beans they grind when orders are received, you can enjoy their tea, sweets including seasonal limited-time only original cakes, and sweetfish rice porridge. In addition to the special exhibits that change according to the season in the gallery, they also sell traditional Japanese accessories such as Mino washi (Japanese paper). They also have irregular piano performances on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

    We have enjoyed a wonderful late, lazy and relaxed breakfast. Nice Japanese ambience and perfect service. Don‘t miss Kawaramachiya when in Gifu!

  • Roadside Station Hoshi no Furusato Fujihashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Higashiyokoyama 264-1
    Roadside Station Hoshi no Furusato Fujihashi is located along National Route 303, downstream from the Yokoyama Dam. It is located in the Fujihashi District, which is one of Japan’s many famous spots for star gazing, and in the evening, visitors can see the expanse of a star-filled sky. There are two restaurants on the premises: Hoshi no Furusato Restaurant, where the recommended menu item is Shiitake Mushroom Croquettes, and Sobadokoro Fujihashi-an, where the specialty is Tenzaru Soba, cold noodles, made with 20% wheat and 80% buckwheat flour, and tempura with dipping sauce, along with other menu items that make use of famous local ingredients. Another attraction is the Ibigawa River Hot Spring, Fujihashi no Yu, which includes Fujihashi outdoor hot spring bath, whose waters are said to have all kinds of benefits.
  • Minnna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Tsukasamachi 40-5
    Located approximately a 20-minute drive from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway’s Gifu-Kakamigahara Interchange, this facility complex consists of the city’s central library, the Multicultural Plaza, Community Activity Exchange Center, an exhibition gallery and other facilities. Able to hold a maximum of 900,000 books and with 910 chairs, one of the facilities largest features is the wooden lattice roof, and the library is filled with an openness unlike the image of previous libraries. Globes are hung in each area, making it a new kind of library where you can enjoy yourself even from just one seat position.
  • Mochiso
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Kuruwamachi 1-61
    This traditional Japanese sweets shop located in Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture is south of Ogaki Station, to the side of Ogaki Park after crossing the Shin-Ohashi Bridge. The mizu-manju that the shop has made since its founding in 1862 have a transparent jelly outside and packed with red bean paste. In particular, the “mizu-mangori” sold only in the summer are a popular product, and is mizu-manju covered in pure white ice and topped with syrup. In addition, they also have monaka (thin crisp mochi wafers) and sable so you can enjoy crispy Japanese and Western taste, and new products such as mochi filled with heavy cream that is matcha-flavored or a summer-only lime flavor.

    出張を終え、大垣から帰る前に駅前通りで、餅屋さんを見つけて、あずきときな粉の、おはぎを1つずつ買って、帰りの電車の中で、おやつ代わりに食べました。お餅屋さんのおはぎらしく、モチモチした食感で美味しかったです。

  • Yajima Coffee
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Omiyachou 1-8
    A café located in the Kinboshi Soko building close to Gifu Park at the foot of Mt. Kinka. Customers can get a sweeping view of Mt. Kinka from the café’s huge, movie screen-like windows. One of the best things about the café is the fact that you can choose what you want from the huge menu of diverse coffees covering a broad array of flavors based on your tastes and mood. The café’s traditional French confections, such as tarts made with the highest quality ingredients, are prepared by hand daily. Visitors are encouraged to have a cake set, which comes with their choice of beverage. The café also sells coffee beans, so if there’s a particularly coffee you really enjoy, you can buy the relevant beans and enjoy it at home as well.

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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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