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  • Gujo Hachiman Castle
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    281 Reviews
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    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.

    Originally built in 1559, this castle was torn down in 1870 during the Meiji Restoration and recostructed back in 1933. Autumn is the best season to visit this castle as the autumn leaves...

  • Gujo-Hachiman Hakurankan
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    58 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoutonomachi 50
    This museum presents an overview of the town of Gujo-Hachiman. Built in 1920, the former tax office has been renovated and now has a Western-style retro atmosphere. Visitors learn about Gujo-Hachiman in sections with water, history, work, and dance themes. The “Dance Corner has a stage where they hold Gujo-odori dance presentations four times daily. It offers the chance to see one of Japan's Three Major Folk Music Traditions for you.

    All in JP, but its at least easy to see a mini Gujo dance in case you cant see the real thing As a museum, not super exciting at least to me. It was mostly highlighting how important is water and...

  • Otaki Limestone Cave
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    55 Reviews
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    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.

    Otaki cave is known as the largest class cave in Tokai region. But what interested me was another. It was wooden cable cars which bring visitors to the entrance. Theres no other place in Japan where...

  • Roadside Station Kokindenju no Sato Yamato
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    4.5
    39 Reviews
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    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.

    We visited the foot onsen and restaurants here twice. The restaurant in the back has delicious drinks and a wood stove.

  • Former Imai Family Residence and Mino History Museum
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Izumichou 1883
    This is the former residence of the Imai family who were wealthy merchants in what today is Mino City. Originally built in the middle of the Edo Period, it was reportedly expanded in the early Meiji Period. As paper merchants and the head of the village, they were extremely wealthy, and the house was the most splendid in the region. The Meiji Period addition included a three-meter skylight. The courtyard has an elegant suikinkutsu, used to make a special dripping sound, and has been designated as one of the Top 100 Soundscapes of Japan. Mino historic museum is at the back. Its Udatsu Kura has displays on udatsu (old roof ridges) and you can learn about Niwaka (an impromptu comic play) in its Niwaka Kura.

    Mino is a small town in Gifu. the area is quite and relax. hardly to see other tourists even on Sat. Most historical buildings are located at main street. Tourist centre is the best place to buy...

  • Former Gujo-Hachiman City Hall Memorial Building
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    39 Reviews
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    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.

    立派な旧庁舎内で、食事をした。おばあちゃんたちが作っていたが、素人感があって良かった。土産物も充実。館内のトイレは、土足厳禁だった。

  • Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery
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    28 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Motozumichou 1901-3
    This art gallery is located a 15-minute walk from Nagaragawa Railway Minoshi Station, and exhibits the Mino City’s prize-winning autumn “Mino Washi Akari Art Exhibit.” Inside the gallery, a town with udatsu walls (good for fire protection and symbolizing wealth) is reproduced in a soft and warm light through Mino washi (traditional Japanese paper). Although the work cannot be touched, you are free to take photographs. There is also a museum shop lined with highly artistic lanterns. The wooden two-stories building is a nationally registered tangible cultural property since it is a valuable structure that is as it was in the early Showa era (1926-1989).

    The Akari Art Hall had many really amazing lanterns! You are allowed to take pictures inside so now my camera is filled with photos of the lanterns!! They are all handmade with Washi and are all lit...

  • Mino-Washi Museum
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    25 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Warabi 1851-3
    This museum is located about 20 minutes from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Mino Interchange via National Route 156 and Prefectural Route 81. The museum introduces from various perspectives the world of Shisai style paper patchwork, with its traditions and hidden possibilities for the future, and history and techniques of Mino washi traditional Japanese paper passed down in the Mino area. The first exhibition room introduces the production areas of washi paper throughout Japan, history of washi, and papermaking technology. In the second exhibition room, they give concrete suggestions about practical uses of washi paper in everyday living spaces. In addition, you can also have a “papermaking experience” using authentic tools and natural ingredients in the workshop.

    Nice Museum located in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. But i think it should have more papers and paper exhibits on display. They had very few.

  • Feather Museum
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    25 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Hinodemachi 1-17
    Ten minutes by car from Seki Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway, this is the world's first blade museum exhibiting precision cutlery and razor blades. It's run by Feather, a razor blade manufacturer. They have a collection of more than 10,000 items on display, including their Giant Feather razor in the entrance hall. Everyone from kids to adults enjoy the museum, with quizzes and pictures, a precision blade corner, a whole wall full of razor art, and a display on the company's product history.

    We have a great time visiting feather museum. Very interesting exhibition, beautiful product exhibition along a timeline and a lot of interactive booth:you can for instance learn the different types...

  • Oyada-jinja Shrine
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    20 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Oyada 2596
    A Shinto shrine located in the Kaededani Valley at the foot of Mt. Tennozan which was founded over 2,000 years ago. The current main shrine was built in 1672 and is notable for its extravagant carving and showy coloring similar to the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a style which flourished in the early Edo period. The most magnificent structure in the city, this building is also designated a National Important Cultural Property. Some 3,000 Japanese mountain maples grow on the shrine’s grounds, making it one of the leading destinations for enjoying fall foliage in the prefecture. The shrine holds a Momiji Festival celebrating maples and fall foliage which lasts from early November to early December; the shrine also holds the Oyada Hinkoko Festival, a designated National Selected Intangible Folk-Cultural Property, in the spring and in the autumn.

    11/17土曜日に登山のついでに初めて大矢田神社を訪問しました。紅葉の時期だけ徴収する600円の駐車料を支払い、本殿に参拝しました。紅葉はまだ少し早いが、来訪者はそこその人数で、露店もある程度出店してました。本殿の脇から天王山に登れました。混雑を避けたい人は今のうちに観賞するのがベターです。今年は台風や猛暑影響からか紅葉になる前に落ち葉になるのが多く散見されます。

  • Nagataki Hakusan Shrine
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    15 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichounagataki 91
    Nagataki Hakusan Shrine, located in the city of Gujo, is a shrine of the Hakusan group that worships Mt. Hakusan as the water god. Once part of the Hakusan Chugu Choryuji Temple, founded by the monk Taicho in the eighth century, it split off from the temple in the 1870s, when the Japanese government forced Buddhism and Shinto to start functioning as separate religions. There are stone lanterns said to be products of the Kamakura period (1185-1334) on the shrine grounds, and the treasure house contains many cultural artifacts, such as Showa no tsubo, Teboko (hand spear), and No drama masks. Among them are items that have been designated National Important Cultural Properties. Every year on January 6, the shrine celebrates a festival that has been designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, Nagataki no Ennen. In the midst of dancing, visitors try to grab flowers, such as cherry blossoms and peonies, that are hung from the ceiling of the main building. This custom gives the festival its other name, the flower grabbing festival.

    国道158号線沿いにあり、長良川鉄道の白山長滝駅からも歩いてすぐなので、車でも鉄道でも行きやすいです。白山の岐阜県側の登山口(といってもかなり長い参詣道)として、古くから信仰されてきた神社だそうで、お参りしてから山に登る方の姿も見受けられました。

  • Jionzenji Temple
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Gifu Gujo-shi Hachimancho Shimadani 339
    This Myoshinji Rinzai Zen temple is also known as Tessoen. It was founded in 1606 by Endo Yoshitaka, who built Gujo Hachiman Castle. The principal object of worship is Shaka Nyorai. Yakushi Nyorai, Benzaiten, Ususama Myoo, and Kanzeon Bosatsu are also enshrined. Tessoen is the temple's inner garden, a magnificent Muromachi period garden at the foot of Mt. Todoyama that incorporates huge rocks. Visitors enjoy the changing seasons with flowers in the spring, vibrant greenery in the summer, colorful autumn leaves, and the snowy winter grounds.

    訪問すると 想定以上に美しい庭園《荎草園(てっそうえん)》を持った寺院であることに 嬉しい驚きを持ちました、臨済宗妙心寺派の寺院であることを知り 納得です。こんなに美しい庭園とは知らず 夕刻に訪問したので ゆっくりと時間を過ごすことが出来ませんでしたが 時間的に調整可能であれば 庭園を眺めながら1時間程度 ゆったりと時間を過ごされることをお薦めします。本堂の勅額に[慈恩護国禅寺(添付 写真参照...

  • Gifu Prefectural Museum
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Oyana 1989 (in Gifu prefecture 100 year park)
    This museum is operated by Gifu Prefecture. It consists of a main building with items on display and My Museum with planned exhibits and a hall. The permanent exhibition has a Humanity Room with displays on life from long ago to the present day, and a Nature Room with exhibits on natural evolution and the local environment. They hold events as well as lectures and workshops in their hall and field trips to observe nature at the surrounding parks.

    名鉄バスセンターから赤土坂まで来ました。昔、美濃町線が走ってた道路かもしれません。百年公園への歩道は丈の高い雑草が両側から倒れ掛かって接触しないよう歩くのに神経を使います。そこをでると車止めがあって車が進入できないはずですが要領のいいのが四角形の三辺を経由するルートで園内へ入ってきます。無料のケーブルカーがあります。博物館は無料で一部の人は有料。100リターンロッカーがあります。第3回展示「鉄道模...

  • Roadside Station Hakusan Bunka-no-sato Nagataki
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichounagataki 402-19
    Roadside Station Hakusan Bunka-no-sato Nagataki is located within Hakuzan Nagataki Park, 10 minutes from the Shirotori Interchange. In this park, surrounded by the culture of the Hakusan region and the Nagaragawa River, visitors will find historic sightseeing attractions, along with places to enjoy activities such as miniature golf or tennis. The main building contains all kinds of regional souvenirs, such as Gujo miso, sweetfish simmered in sweet sauce, as well as locally brewed sake and local crafts. The morning farmers’ market sells fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as Umeboshi (dried plums) made with locally produced plums and Kei-chan, the special local variety of chicken. One of the local Gujo varieties of sake, Genbun 2015, won several prizes in a sake competition.

    最近「道の駅白山文化の里長滝」としてリニューアルされたようで、駐車場も広い道の駅でした。レストラン、お土産、野菜売場などがあります。同じ敷地内にあゆパーク、白山文化博物館があり、国道156線を挟んで白山信仰の中心的神社である長瀧白山神社、長瀧寺もあります。休憩だけでなく、白山信仰、白山文化を体験できるスポットとしてもオススメです。裏手には長良川の川辺に下りる道も整備されていて、長良川の清流を眺める...

  • Saito Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoushinmachi 927
    This private museum centered on tea ceremony items is located a 20-minute walk from Nagara Railway’s Gujo-Hachiman Station in Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture. It exhibits countless family treasures such as the tea bowl “Ayase” and incense container “Koshi Zakuro” that have been appraised, and were collected over 270 years by the heads of the Saito family, who had deep relationships with the feudal lord of Gujo. While gazing at the courtyard that rings with the clear sound of water, you can spend a relaxing time in the adjoining cafe that serves matcha green tea. In addition, they also sell traditional Japanese miscellaneous goods.

    1080円のお得なチケットに入っていました!小さいです。水琴窟が有り、音を聴けて良かったです。前の石で模様を作った小道は美しいです。喫茶室も中に有ります。

  • Gujo-Hachiman Rakugei-kan
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    9 Reviews
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    Gifu Gujo-shi Hachimancho Shimadani 789-1
    "A complex of Western-style buildings near the Former Gujo Hachiman Government Building Memorial Hall, about a five-minute drive from Gujo Hachiman Station. Originally built in 1904, it was a private hospital known as ""Hayashi Ryoin."" It is currently used as an art gallery, exhibition room, and folklore reference room, as well as a place for cultural creativity and cultural exchange in Gujo Hachiman. Of the four structures, the main building, nurse's dormitory, and X-ray building are all nationally registered Cultural Properties. The main building, with a truss structure and plastered walls, has the same feel as when it was built. The nurse's dormitory to the left of the main building was built with material from an Edo period foot soldier's residence."

    Appreciate the enthusiasm and dedication of the guides at this place to share their local culture. Good place to learn some Japanese Folk dances.

  • Kokin Denju no Sato Field Museum
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    8 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Yamatochoumaki 912-1
    This open-air museum in Yamato-Cho, Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture has classical Japanese poetry known as waka for its theme. In the area around the museum you’ll find agricultural fields, remnants from the middle ages, and Myoken Shrine in the Shinowaki Mountains’ natural surroundings. The museum combines the past and the present, nature, and culture as an integrated whole. Their waka related facilities center on the Museum of Waka Literature and the Yamatobunko with its literary collection. There is also an authentic French restaurant that uses local ingredients, a tea shop, and a big lawn where kids can run around. It’s also a popular firefly viewing spot, making the venue a fun visit for parents and kids alike.

    It was unfortunately raining when I visited here, but it was still pretty. The museum itself is okay---may be pretty interesting for those who are into tanka poetry. Their garden is quite...

  • No-shu Sekisho Rest House
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    8 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Minamikasugachou 9-1
    This rest facility is located in Minami-kasuga-cho, Seki City. It is made in the image of the “Sekisho” from which it is said the city’s name originated from. The restaurant offers local cuisine and also has morning and lunch menus. In the local product shop, you can find a large number of local specialties and famous items, and fresh vegetables harvested locally are sold at the morning market. It is recommended that families try the origami or handicraft workshops in the “Takumi no Waza Taiken Kobo” (craftsmanship experiential workshop). Reservations are required and can be made using the Seki City public relations magazine “Koho Seki.”

    関鍛冶伝承館の横、同じ敷地内にある。伝承館を見た後に寄った。関市関連の土産品とかおいてあり、また地元料理の店が入っている。

  • Roadside Station Minami
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Minamichoukamita 2605
    Roadside Station Minami is a 15-minute drive south on National Route 156 from the Minami Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway, in the gateway to the Oku-Mino region. It is situated in a lush natural setting in the clear upper reaches of the Nagaragawa River. All types of information about Gujo is available. Syunsai Ichiba, a market where local farmers sell the agricultural products they have harvested and freshly picked wild plants, is held every morning. Visitors who reserve two days in advance can enjoy the Gottso Box Lunch, made from local ingredients and ideal for taking along on one’s travels. In addition to souvenirs from nearby communities, molokhiya-flavored soft ice cream and the chicken dish Abarenbo Kei-chan are available.

    たくさんのメニューがあるようです。イートインでコロッケをチョイス。特別感はありませんが、揚げたてなのでとても美味しかった。道の駅は普通です。

  • Roadside Station Shirao Fureai Park
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    5 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichouonji 11-1
    Roadside Station Shirao Fureai Park is located five minutes by car from the Shirotori Interchange on Prefectural Route 82, Yamabiko Road. It functions as a rest stop for drivers headed toward the golf courses along the road and other leisure and tourism facilities. The direct sales area offers Roku no Sato Tanada rice, as well as fresh seasonal vegetables and flower arrangements and other famous local products. The coffee shop Cherry serves the famous local Kei-chan chicken set meal, as well as soba, udon noodles and other light meals. With the river murmuring in the background, this is one of the finest and most pleasant locations as a rest area and tourist information bureau for the local community.

    土曜日の昼に訪れました。 駐車場は広いのですが、店舗は小さかったです。 産直売り場の野菜は、数が少なくなっていて残念でした。 レストラン「チェリー」で、奥美濃ケイちゃん定食1000円をいただきました。 ピリ辛炒めのケイちゃんがおいしく、ごはん・サラダ・みそ汁・漬物・コーヒーがついてボリュームもあり、よかったです。

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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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