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…

Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery and Warlord Era Museum at Gifu Castle

If you know anything about Japanese history then you have probably heard the name of Oda Nobunaga, one of the country’s most famous warlords. Gifu castle, located atop Mount Kinka was at the centre of his campaign for power in Japan. If you find yourself staying in Gifu city it’s definitely worth your time to…

Expect the Unexpected at the Extraordinary World of Yoro Park

Yoro is a town located in Gifu Prefecture of Japan. It is a mountainous area filled with local legends and exciting places to visit. One of these places is the Yoro Park which is often described as an “experience park” for showing visitors unexpected things in different places.   It primarily features crazy golf tennis…

Gifu’s Squirrel Park: Experience the Cute Side of Mount Kinka

Japan is famous for it’s many animal attractions, such as it’s many dog and cat cafes around the country, however one animal spot that’s not so well known is the Squirrel village in Gifu!   /guide.travel.co.jp/ It’s pretty easy to find as it’s just outside the entrance to the upper station of Mount Kinka’s ropeway,…

Learn to Make Your Own Knife from a Japanese Swordsmith

The Japanese sword or “katana” is one of the most iconic images of Japan around the world and the masters who make these weapons in the traditional way are becoming increasingly rare. In Gifu, however, you can spend the day with a government certified master swordsmith and even try your hand at the forge as…

Visit the Enchanting World Heritage Shirakawa-Village this Winter!

The prefecture of Gifu in central Honshu offers a lot of enchanting places that one must include in his or her itinerary when planning to visit Japan. One of the must-visit places in Gifu is the village of Shirakawa. Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go is indeed beautiful in all seasons. Although,…

Takayama Spring and Fall Festivals, Truly Enchanting Cultural Events

Takayama festivals are held annually in Takayama city, Japan. The Spring Takayama Festival is also known as Sanno Festival, due to its apparent relation to the Hie Shrine(also known as “Sanno Shrine”) which was originally built in 1141. The Autumn Takayama Festival, on the other hand, focuses on the Hachiman Shrine. People in Takayama region…

Experience the Beauty of Ancient Japan at Gassho Mura!

Hidden away in the mountains of Gero lies the small village called Gassho Mura which is made up of a series of thatched houses built using a Gassho Zukari style. The Gassho Zukari style houses have huge slanted rooftops and can also be found in the more famous Shirakawago. Gassho Mura preserves a part of…