Tajimi is a small city of Gifu prefecture. It is the hottest spot in Japan during summer and the ever measured highest temperature is 40.9 degree Celsius in August 2007. The Toki river flowing across the city increases Tajimi’s beauty with it’s flowing stream, always active birds and fishes along with the bushes and trees creating a nice green border to it. Eventhough the city is famous for its ceramics and has not so many tourist sites, there are a few places in Tajimi that everyone will be interested about. One among them is the Catholic monastery and the other one is the Eihoji Zen temple at Kokeiyama. The single horse cart riding the visitors through the entire city is another nice experience.
This monastery was built by the German missionaries in 1930.The main attraction of this place is its vineyard where they cultivate grapes to make their own wine. The wall paintings and the scenes from Christ’s life depicted inside the building walls are another interesting part. The monastery is famous for the Wine festa conducted during the month of November every year. This festa is an event that every wine lover should enjoy atleast once. The red and the white wines of this place attracts a lot of people to here. The shop of this monastery sells bottle of wine that is the best souvenir from this place. There is also a fig pound cake dipped in wine being sold at this store. There are some beautiul log houses behind the monastery yard for meditation.
The Zen Buddhist temple, Eihoji is one of the most beautiful destinations for the tourists in Tajimi. It is built in 1313 and is a school for the Zen Buddhists. Special practise sessions will be held for the monks on specific days. Many wedding ceremonies are conducted very often at this temple. Eihoji and its Japanese style garden are one of the most beautiful sites of Tajimi during every season. Each season decorates the place with different garments enhancing its beauty. Autumn decorates the garden with reddish and yellowish colors along with the flowers of the season. While winter adorns the place with white dressings. Its the spring which makes cherry blossoms adorn the garden along with other spring flowers. And in every seasons, the pond of Koi fishes with a bridge across it has its beauty more cherished with its seasonal arrangements of the surroundings.
Behind the garden, flows the Toki river where we can spend time on the bank beneath the pine trees, enjoying the beauty and song of the river with greenish dark mountain standing at heights on the other side. Not always crowded,it is a very peaceful corner.The great Ginko(Ichoo) tree inside the yard is some hundreds of years old. Fall fills this tree with golden yellow colour that adds to the beauty of the entire surrounding.
For those who love walking through woody paths, there is a way connecting the garden with the road outside. It has a feeling of some small adventurous trip as we walk through the stone carved steps extending through the woods with a number of varieties of trees with name boards hanged on them. There is a portion of bamboo forest within the woods. Small Budha statues are arranged on one side of the path over the mountain which gives a religious mood for the pedestrains. From one point of the mountain path, we could see the calm river beneath the woods, and this site is one of the beautiful view during the walk. The path that extends a 10 minute walk upto the road gives a nice experience. Upon reaching the road, there is a tall white statue in memory of the warriors who lost their lives during the war. This was done by a community of family members of those warriors from Tajimi.
Honmachi Oribe street is the most important place in Tajimi which is famous for its ceramic wares. Named after Furuta Oribe, a famous Samurai and tea master of ancient Gifu, Oribe street has a number of old stores with potteries and other ceramic wares. The sake pots of this area is also very famous. Many old houses are now turned into small museums and some are still running ceramic shops. There are also stores with sweet items and souvenirs. A ceramic festival is conducted every year during the month of April in this street with more than 50 producers exhibiting and selling their items for two days attracting a lot of visitors to Tajimi. Tajimi festival is also conducted on this street.
There is an interesting single horse-cart ride arranged by the city starting from the month of March till June. The cart is decorated with flowers around it and the ride on it gives a royal riding experience. The cart makes a round across Tajimi City starting from the North exit of the Tajimi Station through the street in front of the monastery, through the bridges over the Tokigawa, Honmachi Oribe Street etc. ending at the station. It cost from 800 yen to 2400 yen depending upon the distance of travel.
42 minutes from Nagoya to Tajimi by JR Chuo Line(670 yen)
1 hour from Gifu to Tajimi via Taita Line (840 yen)