Savor the Best of Gifu’s Flavors Through These 4 Local Specialties!

At the mention of Gifu Prefecture, the first thing that probably comes to mind would be the thatched-roof village of Shirakawago. Shirakawago no Gassho-Zukuri (白川郷の合掌造り集落) is a World Heritage Site along with Gokayama no Gassho-Zukuri which is located in the neighboring Toyama Prefecture. Being a landlocked prefecture, Gifu may not be well known for seafood-related…

4 Must-Visit Spots in the Less-Traveled yet Historic City of Gifu

While both picturesque and historic, Gifu, located next to Aichi Prefecture, tends to be engulfed by its more famous cousin. Nagoya City in Aichi is usually the tourist destination of choice for many. Yet Gifu City, a small attractive town only 30 minutes from Nagoya by train, holds some wonderful sights and is ideal for…

5 Interesting Things to Do in Takayama, Gifu’s Charming Old Town

Hida Takayama (飛騨高山), or simply Takayama (高山), is an interesting city in Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県) known for its well-preserved old town, rustic surroundings, and colorful festivals. Home to many temples and shrines, the city has been popular to local and foreign tourists as it is also a famous gateway to Shirakawa-go (白川郷). Spending two days…

5 Things to Do in Shirakawa-go, a Japanese Village Hidden in the Mountains

Located in the river valley and surrounded by mountains, Ogimachi Shirakawa-go (荻町白川郷) Village is truly a paradise for nature lovers. It has its own charm every season: cherry blossom trees in spring, green fields in summer, wonderful autumn leaves in fall, and a white Christmas village feel in winter. While most tourists spend only a…

Make Your Own Realistic Food Replica in the Fake Food Capital of Japan

Almost every city in Japan has a dish or specialty they can boast about. Gujo (郡上), however, is famous not for its cuisine but for its food replicas. If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant, you will have seen the plastic foods displayed at the entrance. These models are quite convenient for restaurant owners…

Pay Voluntary Tax and Receive a Sword From Japan’s City of Blades!

The Japanese economy has been struggling for several decades now. It has been facing deflation and slow growth. In order to survive, the consumption tax on commodities and goods has been increased. Additionally, there are other kinds of taxes being paid by the citizens to the government such as income tax, enterprise tax, property tax,…

Have a Taste of Hida Takayama in Gifu with These 3 Must-Try Local Foods

One of Japan’s most beautiful places is located in a picturesque town called Takayama. It is known for its farming villages located in the Hida region. As a traditional townscape, it also serves as a great destination for awesome dishes that every traveler should taste. Here are three of the must-try delicious local foods in…

Check Out the Forest of the Seven Lucky Gods in Gifu!

The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan represent good fortune when it comes to Japanese folklore and mythology. Most of them came from India and China and are often seen in many carvings from ancient trees and other representations all throughout the country. You can also see them carved in rows of rice storehouses in Hida…

Visit This Heartwarming Fall Festival in Gifu and See the Trees Upside Down!

Boasting an area measuring 3,500 square meters, Sogi Park is a huge park located in Toki City, Gifu Prefecture. A popular thing to do in this park is to go see the ‘upside down momiji (Maple leaves)’, and admire the beauty of the autumn leaves upside down. If you are curious to know what this…
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