Spots in Ena / Tajimi / Nakatsugawa Area

  • Toki Premium Outlets
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    3.5
    18 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.

    ランチタイムにハンバーガーとスープのセットを食べました。ハンバーガーのパンはもちろんベーグル。なので結構ずっしり、思った以上に満腹感があります。スープとドリンクもついて1000円ほどなのでお値打ちかな。食後はもちろんベーグルを購入。Bagel & Bagelは、種類も多いしもっちり感が好きでよく寄ります。

  • Hana Festa Memorial Park
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    4.0
    109 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...

  • Roadside Station Obaachan Ichi Yamaoka
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Transportation
    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...

  • Roadside Station Nihon Showa Mura
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    3.5
    90 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.

    Satoyama Park is a bit far from the city center but its definitely worth going to. I have been there more than once and Ive done different activities each time. Arriving there, we saw a huge play...

  • Eihoji Temple
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    4.5
    85 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.

  • Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi
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    4.0
    63 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...

  • Magomejuku
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4300-1
    This is one of the old post towns on the historic Nakasendo highway in which old scenery from the Edo period still remains. The cobblestone path along the hill features various buildings including restaurants and inns that evoke the days of old, giving it a very nostalgic atmosphere. Known as the birthplace of literary master Toson Shimazaki, various facilities connected to Shimazaki remain including the Toson Memorial Museum that is built on the remains of the headquarters of the Shimazaki family.
  • Roadside Station Shino Oribe
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Transportation
    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。

  • Spa Resort Yunohana Island
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Kanishi Dota Owaki 4800-1
    A hot spring bath facility located a 15 minute drive from the Minokamo Interchange on the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway. Here you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Kisogawa River flowing right below your eyes while bathing in hot spring waters renowned for their skin beautifying properties welling up from 1,800 meters below ground. The bathhouse has eight different outdoor baths, the most famous of which is the Jade Bath, a bath carved out of raw jade, a stone believed to ward away evil and misfortune in China. The bathhouse also has a large stone-enclosed bath and “kakenagashi” style bath constantly replenished from a natural hot spring source, both of which offer a sweeping view of Hida-Kisogawa Quasi-National Park, an area selected as having the most beautiful river scenery in the country.

    We were taken by Japanese friends to the huge spa- the onsen and all the facilities are 5* but the food in the spa itself is less so hence the four stars. You could spend all day - there is so much...

  • Enakyo Grand Hotel
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Ena-shi Oicho 2709-77

    Very enjoyable stay in this hotel just before the Coronavirus pandemic really got going. Comfortable rooms in traditional Japanese style with spectacular views over the nearby lake. Good onsen and...

  • Roadside Station Mino-Shirakawa Piacere
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gifu Pref. Kamogunshirakawachou Katou 3500-1
    Roadside Station Mino Shirakawa Piacere is located on National Route 41, which passes through the town of Shirakawa in Kamo County. At the orange-roofed “Piacere” Mino Shirakawa Furusato Kan, visitors can buy locally produced goods, such as Shirakawa tea, Shirakawa ham, folk art made from cocoons, and processed agricultural products. Another popular item is soft serve ice cream, made with Mino Shirakawa leaf tea and powdered matcha tea, available only at Piacere. The fourth Sunday of each month is “Customer Appreciation Day,” when Shirakawa tea and Shirakawa ham are sold at special low prices. Visitors to this roadside station can also enjoy a hot spring bathing facility for day use.

    こちらに日帰り温泉があるため営業時間が長いということで15時過ぎでもにぎわっていました。白川茶も売っておりお茶のいい香りもしていました。外ではお茶の産地ならではの白川茶のソフトクリームもあります。そのほかハムなどたくさんお土産も購入できました。

  • 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...

  • Kur Resort Yubunesawa
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    4.0
    30 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...

  • Roadside Station Kirira Sakashita
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Sakashita 450-2
    Roadside Station Kirira Sakashita is located only a six-minute walk from JR Sakashita Station on the Chuo Line, It stands on the right bank of the Kiso River, surrounded by mountains that change color throughout the four seasons. The name “Kirara is a compound of “Kiso, “river, and “right side. Inside the facility is an area where visitors can try making their own soba noodles under the guidance of an instructor according to traditional methods, using flour made from high-quality buckwheat grown on the grounds and learning how delicious handmade soba is. They can also practice making such local sweets as Gorin Manju and Kuri Kinton (a dish made with chestnuts and yams) in a lively and playful atmosphere.

    馬籠宿と妻籠宿の間にある道の駅でした。 特産品はお蕎麦のようでした。 隣に大きなショッピングセンターが併設されていて地元の人はそちらの中にあるスーパーで食材を買っているようでした。 wi-fi も繋がりました。

  • Iwamura Brewery Co. Ltd.
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    4.0
    49 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.

    女城主の酒屋さんと言うだけでわかります。昔ながらの間口が狭く、奥が長い作りです。お酒の試飲もできますが、バーカウンターでお酒を自由に立ち飲みできます。車では無いですねとしっかり聞かれました。有名人のサイン色紙がたくさん飾られています。

  • Mitsumine
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Kani-shi Omori 1748-1

    Close to home it is a great place to wind down. The outside baths are great year round. Watch the seasons unfold before your eyes. 近所なので、気楽にくつろげる。露天風呂は素晴らしです。森に直面していて、季節感に溢れるホッとできる場所です。

  • Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Higashimachi 4-2-5 Within the ceramic park MINO
    This public museum operated by Gifu Prefecture specializes in modern ceramic art. It features a collection of Japanese and international ceramics dating to as early as the 19th century. It is located in Ceramic Park MINO, designed by the architect Arata Isozaki. Ceramic even finds its way into places like the ceiling and outer walls. They put effort into art education and frequently hold a variety of workshops mainly dealing with ceramics. They also hold gallery talks by curators as well as unique regular planned exhibits.

    久しぶりに行きました。秀逸な 陶芸が展示されていて興味深く見させていただきました。美術館は時間を忘れてしまいそうな程良かったです。

  • Enakyo Cruise (Ena Gorge Tour)
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Oichou Okudo 2709 - 104
    Ena Gorge Cruise, which offers a choice of high-speed jet boats or traditional covered barges, takes passengers on a round trip to Shinanoji (“Three Squares”) Rock, the point at which the Tsukechi River flows into the Kiso River. Passengers can see rock formations looming over them on either side of the riverbank, including Battleship Rock, Lion Rock, Screen Rock, Three Squares Rock, and other oddly shaped rocks and stones, and watch migratory birds fly overhead. The embarkation point for these cruises is located about 10 minutes by car from the Ena Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.

    Cheaper to buy the tickets online. Was an enjoyable 30 minutes excursion. As the boat cruises on, we saw white ripples created on the blue water as a result from our passing boat. Along the way, we...

  • Kushihara Onsen Sasayuri no Yu
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Kushihara 3135-2
    A hot spring bathhouse located on a small, 464 meter tall mountain. Situated in a picturesque area, bathers can enjoy a sweeping view of beautiful natural scenery from the outdoor bath. The view of the nearby mountains colored by the setting sun is particularly spectacular. The bathhouse also has a medicinal bath designed to soothe chronic skin conditions, and jacuzzi and whirlpool baths which massage aching muscles. The facility’s restaurant can accommodate memorial services and banquets and serves a goheimochi broiled rice cake skewers set meal and the facility’s own Sasayuri salad. In addition, the facility also sells local specialty products. The bathhouse is closed on Wednesdays and from December 30 to January 1.

    大人600円、新しくてきれいな日帰り温泉施設です。大きめの内湯と露天風呂が2つあり、行ったのが夜だったので暖色系の明かりが雰囲気があり良かったです、もう少し暗くすると夜空の星もきれいに見えるかなと思いました。休憩する所は畳の寝転べるところもあり、ドライブの休憩にもいいところでした。

  • Toson Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

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