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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…

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…

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…

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…

Japanese Ceramics Paradise: Oribe Hills Toki

Gifu prefecture is famous for its ceramics and there are a number of famous manufacturers in and around this area. The products from here are the number one products of Japan and there are a lot of shops, museums and display centers for ceramics in this prefecture. It was on a rainy Sunday when we…

Time travel back to the past in Magome-juku

Up through a windy mountain road sits the historic town of Magome-juku. Visitors can relive a piece of the Edo period upon arrival as they are greeted with a long cobblestone road and a crystal clear view of the mountains and sky. Author’s photo Magome-juku was the 43rd out of 69 posts on the Nakasendo…

Experience Japanese Culture in Depth at Takayama

Takayama The city of Takayama is located in Gifu area, Central Japan. This city is surrounded by beautiful nature of Japanese Northern Alps. Takayama or often called Hida Takayama, preserves the traditional culture of Japan (mixed Edo and Kyoto cultures). One of the most popular attractions in this city is its historical old town. Best…