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  • Gujo Hachiman Castle
    243 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouyanagimachi One flat 659
    Gujo Hachiman Castle is Japan’s oldest castle reconstructed out of wood. Building of the fort began in 1559 by Endo Morikazu and by 1667 the shogunate government recognized it as a castle. In 1933 the current castle tower was rebuilt with reference to Ogaki Castle at that time. The sight of the castle appearing to float in the morning mist is a spectacle to behold and is why the castle is also known as the castle in the sky. The four layered wooden castle tower with five floors has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Gujo City.

    Great example of a Japanese castle . For those going by car there is actually a car park next to the castle or you can park at the bottom of the hill and walk up the hill . The castle is about 130...

  • 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...

  • Hida-Mino Seseragi Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gujo-shi
    A 70-kilometer stretch of road that connects Hida Takayama and Gujo Hachiman. Running along the Yoshida River, it offers lovely seasonal scenery. It's been selected as one of the top 33 areas in Hida-Mino for viewing the foliage, and visitors come from all over the country during fall when the mountains turn golden. The many broadleaf trees and stark differences in elevation mean that the season lasts for an extended period, starting with the Nishiure Pass. Mid-May to June sees the mountains covered in fresh young leaves, giving a feel of nature's vibrancy.
  • Nemichi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Itadori On the Shimane Road 448
    Nemichi Shrine sits in an area surrounded by lush vegetation. The main enshrined deities are Nemichi Okami, Izanami no Mikoto, Oyamatsumi no Kami, and Kanayamabiko no Kami. The spring festival is held in April and the autumn festival is held in October. Beside the main gate to the shrine is a small pond nicknamed Monet’s Pond. So called because it resembles Claude Monet’s water lilies. The place has become particularly well known on the internet and consequently attracts visitors to the shrine almost daily.
  • Otaki Limestone Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouakuda 2298
    The Otaki Limestone Cave is said to have been formed through groundwater erosion in the faults of the Palaeozoic limestone rock formation. There are lots of things to see along the approximately 700 meter section such as the ‘tenjokai’ group of stalactites and the mysterious Otaki (waterfall). There is a fishing pond close by where you can catch and eat your fish there and then.
  • Hirugano Kogen Bokka no Sato
    87 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Takasuchouwashimi 2756-2
    Hirugano Kogen Bokka-no-sato is a farming theme Park providing visitors with a range of hands-on activities to do with plants and animals. The huge flower field is divided into four gardens and it is strikingly colored with flowers and green throughout the seasons. The farm is home to various animals such as horses, alpacas, sheep and rabbits. Events are held from time to time each season. In the park restaurant and cafe you can enjoy fresh food from Hirugano Highland and local foods from Mino and Hida. There is also a hot-spring where you can enjoy a herbal and outdoor bath.

    There are many types of animals and a very big flower garden for visit. Its restaurant is nice and has a beautiful scene of the farm. It is so relaxed to walk around there. Highly recommended to go...

  • Kaore Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Itadori Kawaura
    Kaore Valley is located in Itadorikaore, Seki City. It is surrounded by Mt. Samondake, Mt. Hinagadake and Mt. Takinami and formed by cliffs with a total length of about seven kilometers. Iwatsutsuji (a kind of azalea) around early May and fall foliage from late October to early November are the best to gaze on so you can see the beautiful scenery matched with emerald green on the surface. Particularly, the fall foliage here has also been selected as one of Hida and Mino’s top 33 fall foliage places.
  • Kanbora Hotarunosato Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Kambora
    Kanbora Hotarunosato Park is located on Prefectural Route 291 in Kanbora, Mino City. It is known as a famous place for fireflies, and firefly protection activities by local residents include cleaning and cultivating their food. You can observe dancing fireflies peaking at around eight o’clock in the evening from middle to late June.
  • Kataji Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Katadi
    Kataji Gorge—where the river never runs dry even in periods of drought, and the river water remains pristine even after heavy rainfall—is an approximately six-kilometer-long gorge located at the foot of Mt. Fukubegatake, the highest mountain within the boundaries of Mino City. Kataji Gorge and the surrounding area have been designated as the Oku Nagara River Prefectural Natural Park. The many waterfalls of differing sizes (such as Meoto-daki Falls) are well worth seeing, as are the huge rocks and strangely shaped rock formations (such as Senjo-iwa); there is a two-kilometer-long footpath that visitors can follow along the Gorge.
  • Amidagataki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichoumaedani
    The Amidagataki Falls, which are famous for having been depicted by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai in his “Shokoku Taki Meguri” (“Journey to the Waterfalls in All the Provinces”) collection, have been ranked among the Top 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan and the Top 50 best water landscapes in Gifu Prefecture. With a height of 60 meters, this is without doubt the most famous waterfall in the Tokai region. There is a footpath leading up close to the plunge pool, so visitors can appreciate the power and beauty of the waterfall at close hand. Amidagataki Falls are located around 30-minute drive from the Hakucho Interchange of the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Gujo Hachiman Miyama Limestone Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoumiyama 421
    A Natural Monument designated by Gujo City, the Miyama Limestone Cave is a treasure trove of ancient history created by mother nature. It stays roughly 15-16°C year-round, so it is cool in summer and warm in winter, and it takes 30-40 minutes to explore. Also, it is a limestone cave without lighting, so you can engage in spelunking (cave exploration) if you want. Closed from December to early March. Approximately 25 minutes by car via Gujo Hachiman Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Former Gujo-Hachiman City Hall Memorial Building
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoushimadani 520-1
    This building was Gujo-Hachiman's city hall until 1994 but was re-purposed as the current memorial hall when they changed location. The wooden, Western style structure was built in 1936, and it has been designated as a Registered Cultural Property. It has a tourist information office, a souvenir shop, a break area, and more. The former cafeteria now offers light meals with dishes made with kojidori chicken, Gujo ham, and Hida beef.

    確かに取り壊すにはもったいないくらい、立派な庁舎。 いまはお土産と喫茶。 モノによっては、ちょい高めの価格設定になっている商品もある。 同じものでも製造元の直販の店(探すと近所にある場合あり)にいくと10%は安く買える。

  • Roadside Station Kokindenju no Sato Yamato
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Yamatochoutsurugi 164
    To reach Roadside Station Kokindenju no Sato Yamato, travelers should take National Route 156 and Prefectural Route 317 about three kilometers from the Gifu Yamato Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway. This roadside station combines many kinds of facilities in one place, including a free footbath, a morning farmers’ market, and a restaurant that serves local cuisine, and an ice cream and yogurt specialty shop. Customers can enjoy local dishes at reasonable prices, such as Salt-Broiled Sweetfish and Wild Yams, and on the 20th of each month, Kei-chan, or local chicken cooked in a traditional style, is served. All the buildings, including the retail stores that sell local products and the restaurants that serve local cuisine, are named after a collection of ancient and modern Japanese poetry, Kokinshu, and there is even a hot spring bathing facility built in a Neo-Japanese architectural style.
  • Hirugano-Kogen Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Takasuchouhirugano 4670-75
    This ski resort is about a five-minute drive from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway's Hirugano-Kogen Smart Interchange. The slopes are broad and fully visible, making them safe for beginners and children. They have five beginner and three intermediate level slopes, and kids love their Hirugamo Kids Land with a big sledding hill and snow mountain play area. They hold a variety of events every Saturday and Sunday, including sledding tournaments and family obstacle races. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids three years and up, so it's the perfect venue for their first time on the slopes.
  • The Forest of Adventure in Itoshiro
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichouitoshiro Sucking Taniyama 56
    This outdoor park is about a 30-minute drive from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway’s Shirotori Interchange. Located in a lush green area called “Oku-Mino no Bettenchi,” the course made with fine 80 year-old cedar is outstanding. Besides the Tokai and Hokuriku regions first high slope course “Tree Top Adventure” originating in Europe, you can enjoy various activities such as the 100-meter long zip-slide where you slide through the air, and the Tarzan Swing which requires courage to leap. It has a reputation for being a place where even adults can return to their childhoods.


  • Kurachi Onsen Mago-no-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Kurachi 516 Margo Cinema Bando
    This day use hot spring facility is attached to the Sunsun City Ma-go shopping center in the sword making town of Seki City and a three-minute drive from the Seki Interchange on Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway. It has three floors with themes of “core, body, and mind. The “core area has a bedrock bath, the “body area has facilities like an open-air bath and indoor silk bath, and the “heart floor is great for relaxation with a Japanese restaurant, beauty salon and massage salon. The water in their baths is diverse, including artificial hot springs and water with mineral deposits from Beppu Onsen. On Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, a shuttle bus runs from the Nagaragawa Railway's Seki Station.
  • Bijin no Yu Shirotori
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichounaru Ishihara 32
    This day spa is located a three-minute drive from Shirotori Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway. It’s clear, colorless, and drinkable water, sourced from a sodium bicarbonate spring, has a smooth feel on the skin. Bathing in it is said to help with muscle and joint pain, while drinking it said to help with chronic digestive diseases. Their open air baths, finished with dynamic natural stones and fed with plenty of spring water, offer views of the spa’s vaunted Japanese garden and the seasonal mountain scenery. The spa also offers private baths that include a traditional Japanese-style room where guests can relax or enjoy a meal. The spa’s restaurant offers a variety of seasonal local tastes spanning from lighter fare to serious kaiseki cuisine.
  • Tennen Onsen Manten no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichouitoshiro Mount Pass 1-1
    This hot spring facility is located about a 30-minute drive from the Shirotori-Takasu Interchange. Situated next to a slope, it is at an altitude of 1,000 meters. Known for the Japanese-style interior and its baths that make skin silky smooth, Japan’s best known high-quality hydrogen carbonate hot spring is very popular with women and children. There are rotenburo (open-air baths), indoor baths and saunas, and the view from the rotenburo is especially superb. As nature’s beauty throughout the four seasons spreads before you, you can see the vivid green of trees during the day, and a sky full of stars at night. After soaking in the baths, relish on regional cuisine in the rest area with tatami floors.
  • Shinbashi-tei
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchousakuramachi 268-3
    This eatery in Hachiman-cho, Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture opened in 1937. It's near Shinbashi Bridge that spans the Yoshida River, a branch of the Nagaragawa River. Guests dine there while watching the flow of the river and listening to it rushing along. From June to mid-October they serve their seasonal Gujo Wild Sweetfish Set Meal, featuring three kinds of succulent cooked ayu sweetfish (salt grilled one, miso grilled one, and fried one). Their wintertime Kokorozashi Nabe stewed in an earthenware pot is also popular. Dishes like mountain stream caught amago red-spotted trout and hobamiso-yaki (magnolia leaves grilled with miso and onion) are available year-round.

    My girlfriend and I ate here and couldnt be happier with the food and service given. From the outside theres no sign of English support but when entering were asked of our Japanese ability and...

  • Cafe Tirol
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoushinmachi 965
    This cafe opened in 1969 and is located on Shinmachi-dori Street in the center of Gujo Hachiman, Gifu Prefecture. The antique furnishings and walls with tile and plaster create a unique atmosphere. They specially-select raw beans, and provide multiple kinds of coffee roasted in-house with Gujo’s famous water. Some of their popular items include the “moca pair” with coffee jelly and ice cream topped with lots of chocolate sauce and heavy cream, the filling strawberry parfait available only during certain seasons, and “matcha anmitsu” (syrup-covered bean paste and fruit) with melty matcha green tea powder. In addition, their hayashi rice (hashed beef rice) and curry with Hida beef that is prepared for a week are highly recommended.

    If youre visiting the small picturesque town of Gujo and in need of a cuppa, the Coffee Tirol would be a good bet. Established in 1969, this small quaint coffee shop has a dining room up front...

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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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