Tax–Free Shopping in Toki Premium Outlets, Gifu

Toki premium outlets are located in Toki-shi, Gifu prefecture, in a beautiful area surrounded with lush greenery on all sides and the view of the distant Alps ranges which can be enjoyed from the outlet area. Shops This is the fifth outlet mall in Japan and is one of the biggest shopping areas in the…

Takayama: The Little Kyoto of Gifu

For my 9 months here in japan, I can’t count how many times I have visited Takayama. Takayama is located in the Gifu area and it has drawn many local tourists. Now Takayama’s goal is to have more foreign tourists and I tell you, it’s worth a visit. Takayama is a six-hour trip by bus…

Ukai Matsuri – Cormorant Fishing Festival in Gifu

Gifu prefecture is famous for its ceramic ware. The popular sightseeing areas in Gifu are the Gifu castle and the Park area situated on Mount Kinka. But during the summer season, from May to the middle of October, there is a famous festival being held on Nagara river of Gifu: the cormorant fishing festival. It…

Relax and Enjoy Nature at Beautiful Bosenkan Ryokan, Gifu

Gero city is Gifu prefecture is a peaceful place and is home to some of Japan’s most beautiful onsens. It is easily accessible from cities like Nagoya, and Fukui. Yukatas   Author’s photo Finding a ryokan can be difficult, but something about Bosenkan caught my eye. Upon arrival at Gero station the shuttle service will…

Gero, Gifu: Majestic Land of Hot Springs and Frogs

Gero is a city almost in the middle of Gifu prefecture. It seems to be a majestic place and is the one of three well known hot spring areas in Japan.   yunoshimakan.co.jp/ Unlike a lot of the main cities, Gero has wide open spaces filled with striking views of tall green mountains and blue…

The Intriguing Sarubobo Dolls of Gifu and Their Meanings

Have you ever seen these dolls during your travels in Japan? I’m sure that you have come across these faceless dolls at some point. These are sarubobo dolls. Sarubobo dolls are faceless human like figures that are mainly red but come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Where can you find them? jp.fotolia.com/…

Shirakawago, Gifu: A Quaint Village for Relaxation

Located in Gifu prefecture of Japan is a quaint village known as Shirakawa-go. This is a place hidden away in the mountains, full of luxurious trees and blossoming flowers in spring. It is dominated by gasho-zukuri houses. This is a very peculiar style of architecture for houses. It is said to have a Minka-style where…

The Overnight Wonder: Sunomata Castle, Gifu

Oftentimes we hear about structures built in a day and we marvel how fast it was made and how good the workers were. Now how about if it was a castle? It would really blow people’s minds more so if it was made without the help of modern technology. Thus the allure of Sunomata castle;…

Yoro Falls: The Magical Waterfall

Legend Located about an hour outside the bustling city of Nagoya in Yoro town in Gifu Prefecture,Yoro no Taki or Yoro Falls is one of Japan’s top 100 Waterfalls and one of the 100 Best Spring Water Sites in Japan. Legend has it that during the 8th century, a poor woodcutter who had a sick…

Ogaki Castle: A must visit for the castle lovers, Gifu prefecture

Often overlooked because of its more famous castle neighbors, this castle is a must-go for history lovers. A flatland castle, Ogaki Castle has as much history as the more famous castles. The History It was built in 1535 by Miyagawa Yasusada and was expanded by Bokuzen Ujie in 1559. One of the three unifiers of…