From Tokyo and Mt. Fuji to Gifu (6 days)

Centered around the Kanto and Chubu regions of Japan, this course offers the opportunity to fully take-in and enjoy traditional Japanese culture and the magnificence of Mother Nature.

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Just like the real thing! Try creating replica foods for yourself!

Food Replicas

Have you noticed the replica food samples frequently displayed outside of restaurants and cafeterias in Japan (or even abroad)? These replicas are said to have originated in Gujo City, and even to this day 60 % of all such products sold in Japan are made here.

You can try your hand at making replica pizza, a parfait, lettuce, spaghetti, or more at the "Sample Village Iwasaki,"one of the several food replica studios in town!

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Name Food Replicas Workshop in Gujo Hachiman
Address 250 Jonan-cho, Hachiman-cho, Gujo City, Gifu
Telephone Number 0575-67-1808 (Sample Village Iwasaki)
Business Hours 10:00am - 4:00pm (Replica-making until 3:00pm)
Days Closed for Business Irregular Closing Days
Price Entrance fee -- Adults: 300 yen, Children: 200 yen
Hands-on replica making experience: 1,000 yen -- tempura (3 pieces), lettuce head (1, cut in half), and candles (2)
Access 5-minute walk from the Nagaragawa Railway Gujo Hachiman Station

Watching a live demonstration of Japanese sword forging--and the flying sparks that accompany it--is truly exciting!

Japanese sword forging

Along with Solingen in Germany, Seki City is one of the most well-known and highly regarded blade-producing areas in the world. To this day, Japanese swords continue to be produced by swordsmiths in the traditional forging style that has continued for centuries.

The Seki Sword Tradition Museum shows off the history and tradition of blade-making that have been passed down for over 700 years. Documents and videos are always on display for visitors to see, and on certain designated days, a glimpse of traditional Japanese sword forging is shown to the public. Every January 2nd, for example, you can watch the Uchizome-shiki, a ceremony marking the first forging of the year, in which sword smiths dress in traditional white attire and pound the raw steel with giant hammers, sending out flurries of sparks in the process. It is truly a powerful sight to witness!

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Name Seki Sword Tradition Museum
Address 9-1 Minamikasuga-cho, Seki City, Gifu
Telephone Number 0575-23-3825 (Seki Sword Tradition Museum)
Business Hours 9:00am - 4:30pm
Days Closed for Business Tuesdays, weekends, and the day after a national holiday
Price Adults: 200 yen, Children: 100 yen
Group discounts available (for groups with at least 20 people, tickets are discounted by 50 yen each)
Access 5-minute walk from the Nagaragawa Railway Hamono Kaikanmae Station

A staple of summertime in Gifu: traditional fishing ceremony that paints a picture just like an ancient Japanese picture scroll

Ukai

Ukai is an ancient fishing method that has been performed in Gifu for 1,300 years in which the fishing master uses cormorants to catch the fish. With Gifu Castle looming in the background, in the dark of night the masters and the cormorants set about their work, guided by the flaming torchlights at the helms of their boats. Though short in duration, this ceremony transports you back in time with its subtle yet profound beauty. Charlie Chaplin himself came to watch ukai on several occasions and had nothing but praise for this great tradition.

Ukai is performed every night from May 11th to October 15th, except on days of heavy rainfall and on the night of the Harvest Moon. Along the river there is a famous hot spring area, the Nagaragawa Hot Spring, which you should take advantage of if you come to watch ukai!

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Name Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River
Date May 11 - October 15
Time 6:45pm to the end of the fishing ceremony
Address 1-2 Minato-machi, Gifu City, Gifu
Telephone Number 058-262-0104 (Gifu City Ukai Boat Office)
Days Closed for Business No days off during the fishing season except on days of heavy rainfall and on the night of the Harvest Moon
Price Option A
Any day -- Adults: 3,300 yen, Children: 2,900 yen (departure at 6:15pm)
Option B
Mondays to Fridays -- Adults: 3,000 yen, Children: 2,600 yen (departure at 6:45pm or 7:15pm)
Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays -- Adults: 3,300 yen, Children: 2,900 yen (departure at 6:45pm or 7:15pm)
Access 10-minute taxi ride from Gifu Station to the viewing boat loading area

Stay at Nagaragawa Hot Spring

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