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  • Toki Premium Outlets
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    4.0
    226 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Tokishi Tokigaoka 1-2
    Toki Premium Outlets is the largest retail outlet mall in the Chukyo area, operated by Mitsubishi Estate, Simon. The place is home to more than 180 shops. There are also stores selling local food souvenirs, and you can shop while feasting on Nagoya’s Tenmusu (rice balls wrapped with nori and filled with deep-fried tempura shrimp) and Ise’s maruten. Buses depart regularly everyday direct to the outlet from the Meitetsu Bus Center. Toki Premium Outlets is also located close to Gero Onsen, one of the top three hot springs in Japan, so you can relax weary feet in the bath after a hard days shopping. From time to time they have special offers on at the hot spring so be sure to check it out.

    Very good place to get quality brands at cheap prices, tax free if you spend over 5000 yen, All major brands are there, addidas, gucci you name it, its there. As usual youll get good service!!

  • Iwamura Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    149 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Iwamurachou Shiroyama
    One of Japan’s three major mountain castles, Iwamura Castle—also known as “Kirigajo” —is a well-fortified mountain castle that cleverly uses the landscape—a 180 meter drop—as a natural defense. You could easily call the grand stone walls “the Machu Picchu of the East,” and they will leave castle lovers breathless. The 700-year history of this castle is unmatched by any other castle in Japan. About 20 minutes by car via the Ena Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.

    Hidden up at the top of the hill the ruins are easily accessible with a carpark up the top, or enjoy the walk up from the bottom car park.

  • Hana Festa Memorial Park
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Kanishi Seta 1584-1
    This is a theme park focused mainly on roses located in Seta, Kani City in Gifu Prefecture. The park boasts being one of the world largest rose gardens, and is about 17 times larger than Nagoya Dome, and has roughly 300 million rose bushes in 7,000 varieties. Also, there are a variety of facilities where visitors can enjoy different seasonal flowers such as the “Rose Theme Garden” which presents 17 different themes according to each season, the great “World Flowers Greenhouse” and the 45 meters high observation “Flower Tower.” The “Rose Festival” is held in spring and autumn.

    Its a super huge park with bushes of roses, some climbing roses everywhere. I can say that I walk into a maze of roses and one could really get lost in the sweet scent. The park is divided into 2...

  • Eihoji Temple
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    4.5
    83 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Prefecture Tajimi Tottoriyama Town 1-40
    This temple was founded in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) by Muso Soseki. Its honorary name Kokeizan comes from how the surrounding mountain scenery resembles China’s Kokei Ravine at Lushan. Eihoji’s garden is superbly beautiful and has been designated a Historic Site and Natural Monument. There are many sights you shouldn’t miss, like the Kaisando and Kannondo, both National Treasures. The principal object of worship, an image of Kanzeon Bosatsu, is a Prefectural Cultural Property. There are also sacred items like an image of Binzuru, a deity with healing powers, and a collection of Sentai Jizo statues.

    Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (or Yongbao Temple) is in Gifu Prefecture, it is not far from Nagoya. It will be within 40 minutes of driving from the station. There are not many people, you can enjoy it.

  • Roadside Station Obaachan Ichi Yamaoka
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Yamaokachoutashiro 1565-169
    Roadside Station Obaachan-Ichi Yamaoka is located in the city of Ena in Gifu Prefecture, and customers who go there are greeted with warm smiles and treated with such kindness that they will feel as if they have returned to their hometown. As its name, which means “Grandma's Market, implies fresh vegetables lovingly raised by older women are sold here, along with Hosokanten (agar gelatin) that the town of Yamaoka is famous for. Other attractions at this tourism spot include Japan's largest water wheel, 24 meters in diameter, the cozy restaurant Miharashi Chaya, the golden “Happiness Bell, which represents longings for encounters, marriage, and long life; and many seasonal events.

    We liked stopping here on the way to Iwamura. The views of the area were pretty, the demonstration wheel is huge and the adjoining shop has local produce and specialties for sale at very reasonable...

  • Suya Main Shop
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Shinmachi 2-40
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop facing the Nakasendo Road 4.3 kilometers from the Nakatsugawa interchange on the Chuo Expressway. Nakatsugawa is believed to be the birthplace of kuri kinton mashed sweet potatoes and candied chestnuts and each year in September Japanese confectionary shop across the city sell kuri kinton, the flavor of which differs from shop to shop. Suya's kuri kinton is made with choice chestnuts and sugar and has an unaffected, simple flavor. The shop's kuri kinton is only available when in season, but customers can purchase the similarly flavored kuri kinton yokan jelly throughout the year. From late November to August, the shop also sells buckwheat flour confections like soba man buns.

    岐阜中津川のすやさんへ訪問。 栗かのこなどを食べました。 どれも美味しかったです。 店員さんが親切でした。 また、行きたいです。

  • Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Kasaharachou 2082-5
    This tile museum is in Kasahara-cho, Tajimi City, Japan's leading mosaic tile production area. They have an array of displays, including a huge collection of domestic tiles from the Showa period, descriptions of the manufacturing process and tile history, and the latest in tile information. The building itself is a must-see. Designed by the world-renowned architect Terunobu Fujimori, it's inspired by a saidojo pottery clay pit. You can also try your hand at making original accessories at their workshop.

    Visited this place with family 2 years old child. Have all kids facilities like strollers can be taken in side have kids diaper changing room and elevators. Museum is nice and building architecture...

  • Roadside Station Nihon Showa Mura
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    3.5
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Minokamoshi Yamanouechou 2292-1
    Nihon Showa Mura is a Michi-no-eki (roadside station) located in Yamanoue Town, Minokamo City. Attractions include the “Nihon Showa Mura” (“Japan Showa Village”) which recreates a rural village and satoyama (community-managed forest) landscape as it would have appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the “Showa Sento - Satoyama no Yu” (“Showa-era Public Baths - Satoyama Baths”), which are Showa era style baths, and the “Onsai-kan” hall and “Aozora Market,” which sell fresh vegetables grown by local farmers and other local specialty products. Nihon Showa Mura can be accessed directly from the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway, making it a great place to stop off at while you are driving, to experience the atmosphere of Showa-era Japan.

    昨春に行き2回目、今回は夏休み明けの平日なので、ひっそりとしていました。 入り口にある産地市場で新鮮野菜や果物を買うのが一番の目的。今回は山の上の梨が旬で美味しい梨が買えました。 園内は見学施設や有料で体験できるものもあります。昨年にはなかった遊具も増えました。自然豊かで広大な敷地を散策するだけでも楽しいです。毎回見学するのは、無料の昭和パビリオン、懐かしい昭和の校舎内に見覚えがある古い町並み、店...

  • Enakawa Kamiya Enakyo Store
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Ena-shi Oicho 2632-105
    "This is a Japanese and Western sweets store that makes and sells kurikinton (pureed sweet chestnuts), a fall time treat that has long been loved by all kinds of cultured people such as travelers, waka poets and haiku poets visiting the Nakasendo post town. They use a brand chestnut ""Choicest Ena Chestnuts"" grown by local contract farmers, and have been making sweets that adapt to the trends and needs of the age. To make their most popular sweet ""Kurikinton,"" a prided masterpiece, carefully selected chestnuts are steamed with a little bit of sugar, and are then squeezed out carefully one by one. It is a local confectionery with a fun simple texture that will warm you from the inside. ""Four Season Kurikinton"" that reflect the colors of the four seasons, and ""Yamamatayama,"" a grilled manju (steamed cake) with chunky azuki bean paste inside are also popular."

    大きなモンブラン 栗一筋を食べに行きました 平日の夕方にも関わらず 賑わっていました モンブランの中は メレンゲ? 見た目よりはあっさりとしていました 個人的には 小布施堂のモンブラン朱雀の方が好きですね

  • Chicory Village
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Sendambayashi 1-15
    A tourist attraction and educational facility dedicated to eating, buying, and learning about natural food owned and operated by the Saladacosmo company and located a three minute drive from the Nakatsugawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. The facility consists of a farm which grows chicory, a brewery which crafts Chico Chico chicory shochu, a shop, and the Barbarzu Dining restaurant. Visitors can tour the farm and brewery. The facility’s restaurant serves homemade dishes in buffet style designed around the concept of local production for local consumption crafted with local, seasonal agricultural products by local farmer’s wives—this eatery is so popular, wait times can be quite long on weekends.

    Many kind of natural vegitables, therw are all awesome tastes! 8-9 And all staffs are kindly for us and explain well.

  • Kawakamiya (Main Shop)
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Honmachi 3-1-8
    This veteran Japanese confectionery has been making sweets with a nod to the seasons in Nakatsugawa since 1864. Their confections with domestic chestnut are especially famous, and their chestnut and mashed sweet potato kurikinton sold from autumn to winter is recommended. Carefully cooked chestnuts are added to the chunky sweet potatoes along with sugar, and then squeezed through a tea cloth. This leaves its natural pale-yellow color and the rich aroma of chestnuts that people love. Year-round sellers are also popular, including their “Ureshi-no-Kuri, made with large chestnuts prepared their own special way that maintains their fragrance and flavor.

    中津川の栗きんとんを3種食べ比べしました。川上屋・すや・松葉をいただきましたがどれも300円未満とお手軽な価格なので食べ比べお勧めです。 川上屋の栗きんとんは一番ねっとりとした和菓子の栗きんとんです。舌の上でじっくりほどけるのですが甘みは栗本来の甘みで後味が強く残ります。 おせちに入っているような甘い栗きんとんとは違うので時間をかけて食べてほしい一品です。

  • Iwamura Brewery Co. Ltd.
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Iwamurachou 342
    This local sake brewery has a 200-year history. The local favorite Onna Joshu gets its name from Otsuya-no-Kata, the first female lord of the famous Iwamura Castle. They participate in sake competitions and win awards at Gifu Prefecture's Shinshu Kanpyokai (National New Sake Appraising and Deliberating Fair) almost every year. They have free brewery tours where you can see the trolley track that was once used for transporting rice and sake. They also have tastings of their recent brews and hold an event to introduce their new sake to the world on a Sunday and public holiday in February.

    岩村の古い町並みの中にある酒蔵です。醸造所店内には輸送用のトロッコのレールが敷かれていますが、今は使われておりません。

  • Roadside Station Shino Oribe
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Tokishi Izumikitayamachou 2-13-1
    Motorists can reach Roadside Station Shino-Oribe by taking National Route 21 from the Toki Interchange on the Chuo Expressway and driving for 5 minutes in the direction of Minokamo. This roadside station is located in one of the best pottery villages in Japan, and it contains the largest shop in the region that sells Mino-yaki pottery in a wide variety of colors and designs. Popular souvenirs include sweets such as Takekawa Yokan, Oni Manju, and Sakata no Ajitsuki Yakiage, and unique sweet treats are available in the adjacent café, along with light breakfasts in the morning. The restaurant Toge no Saryo Miwaya serves a wide variety of seasonal dishes.

    道の駅内ではたくさんの焼き物が売られていて、見ていて楽しい場所です。焼き物好きの方にはぜひ寄って行ってもらいたい場所です。焼き物以外にも、お菓子のお店「川上屋」などおいしいものも揃っています。

  • Matsuuraken Honten
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Iwamurachou Honcho 3 - 246
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop located in the castle town district surrounding the ruins of Iwamura Castle near Akechi Railroad Iwamura Station. Since the shop was established in 1796, its signature product has been its castella cakes, made according to the same recipe transmitted from Portugal for over 200 years. The shop’s castella cakes are made with closely scrutinized, top quality ingredients and unsparing effort, with an emphasis on traditional flavor. Made with a large quantity of egg yolks, these castella are notable for their moist texture. Other recommended shop selections include the yokan jelly stuffed with large chunks of Japanese chestnut, and the shop’s seasonal Japanese sweets. (Note that there is a similar but unaffiliated shop in the town called Matsuuraken Honpo.)

    有名なカステラ屋さんが3件あります。小さめですが手ごろな値段のカステラが数種類、何となく買ってしまいました。誰もいませんでした。

  • Stone Museum Hakusekikan
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Hirukawa 5263-7
    The Stone Museum Hakusekikan is famous for having the largest pyramid in Japan, built from 5,500 tons of Hirukawa granite. The Museum offers a wide range of activities, including precious stone hunting, quarrying experience activities, and craft activities that involve making things by hand. The pyramid is a one-tenth scale replica of the Great Pyramid (the Pyramid of Khufu) in Egypt, with a “burial chamber” inside that houses a sarcophagus containing stones from genuine Egyptian pyramids and other commemorative artifacts. The Stone Museum Hakusekikan is located around 15 minutes’ drive from the Ena Interchange of the Chuo Expressway.

    石好きにはたまらないと思います。片手間でやっている感じではなく細かいことまで拘って作られています。ピラミッドや迷路、宝石探しだけ聞くとアミューズメント性が強くなりますが、きちんとした石の説明だったりなかなか見ることができない大きさの鉱山だったり。機会があったらまた行きたい。今度はピラミッドカレー食べたい。ただ、交通の便が悪く車がないと厳しいかな。興味のない人は行かない方がいいです。時間つぶしできる...

  • Magome Wakihonjin Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4253-1
    This is a historical archive in Magome, Nakatsugawa City. The building is a reproduction of Wakihonjin (a residence owned by a local influencer offered as lodgings) Yawataya in Magome-juku which was destroyed in a great fire in 1895 and exhibits archives of household effects of the time and visitors can learn about the culture of the Kisoji district in the Edo period.

    It is a small museum in Magome. Wakihonjin was a hotel for vip in Edo Time. The building of the museum is a reconstruction, but it displays various documents at that time and is worthy to take a look.

  • Toson Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4256-1
    This is a memorial hall for literary master Toson Shimazaki, active from the Meiji to Showa periods, and is located in Magome-juku, Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture. Built on the site of the Toson household, the designated daimyo inn of Magome-juku, 5,000 items including documents, scripts and personal effects donated by oldest son Kusuo Shimazaki have been collected and displayed. Among these, highlights include the handwritten manuscripts of “Wakanashu”, “Yoake Mae”, “Arashi”, and his last work Toho-no-Mon”. His Oiso Town, Kanagawa Prefecture study where he spent his final days has been restored, and through the displays one can learn about the author’s whole life.

    As my major was literature, I am interested in Toson’s novels. This is one of the reasons why I visited Magome. If you don’t know him, you had better to read his works first. Then, your visit will be...

  • Suya-Nishiki
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Nakatsugawa 1296-1
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop established in the Genroku era (1688-1704). The shop’s signature item is its kuri kinton mashed sweet potatoes and candied chestnuts. The shop also offers many other Japanese sweets made with chestnuts, including kuri natto glazed chestnuts and kuri yokan chestnut jelly. Some of the shop’s items, such as the kurumi mochi walnut rice cakes and kudamono mandara jelly are available year-round, but much of what the shop sells are seasonal only sweets which are only offered until the ingredients used to make them run out, such as the kaya arare Japanese nutmeg snacks and the natsu yokan summer jelly. The shop is adjoined by the Japanese-style sweets café Kaya, which serves zenzai sweet adzuki bean soup and shiratama rice flour dumplings. You can also enjoy the shop’s seasonal Japanese confections here. The shop is normally closed on Thursdays but remains open without close from September to December.

    実家近くのこのお店、とは言え、実家を離れてから出来たので、寄ったことはなく、(実は私は川上屋派で)秋の行列を眺めながら、里帰りの折、寄ってみたいとずっと思っていました。秋は相変わらずの行列で、諦めましたが、12月お墓参りにまた帰省した際は、行列がなかったので念願の栗汁粉をいただきました。 やっぱり中津川の栗のお菓子は美味しい、名古屋のデパートへも出店があり、栗きんとんはいつでも買えるようになりまし...

  • Hiroshige Museum of Art, Ena
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Oichou 176-1
    Located only a three-minute walk south of JR Ena Station, this museum houses works of the world-famous ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige. Most of the collection consists of woodblock print ukiyo-e such as “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido” of his mature period, and the exhibits change nearly every month. In the Ukiyo-e Navi Room, a permanent installation, visitors can learn all about woodblock prints in an enjoyable way. An especially popular feature is the “Make Your Own Woodblock Print” corner, where visitors can use fake plates and apply layers of stamp ink to make their own woodblock print to take home.

    Really cool museum! Three blocks from Ena train station. Inexpensive entrance fee. The historic woodcut prints on display are both beautiful and intriguing. BUT WAIT, theres more, lots more. You...

  • Kur Resort Yubunesawa
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Misaka 280
    A hot spring bathhouse and waterpark located in Misaka, Nakatsugawa City. A free shuttle bus travels to the facility from Nakatsugawa Station. Visitors can enjoy the skin beautifying waters that well up from under the ground in the Nakatsugawa Onsen hot spring district in the facility’s indoor or outdoor baths. The facility also has a “Baden Zone” which you can enjoy in a swimsuit on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. The zone has 13 different stress-relieving functional baths in which you can lie down or walk. The facility’s pool area has swimming pools and a waterslide, as well as an outdoor pool only open in summer from which you can feel the mountain winds while swimming. Inside, the facility has children’s play area, restaurant, and shop, and the facility offers various banquet hall plans for events.

    Walked ~1.8KM from Magome to reach the onsen after completing the Tsumago to Magome walk, as there was no direct bus from Magome. The road from Magome is well-paved, but apparently not...

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