Situs Resmi Pariwisata Gifu

  • HOME
  • > What's New in Gifu

Shirakawa-go and Takayama Experience First Snowfall of the Year

December 12 , 2018
This past weekend there was snowfall in various parts of the Hida region (such as Takayama and Shirakawa-go) and even places in southern Gifu like Gifu City are experiencing frigid temperatures.
It feels like winter has finally arrived here in Gifu.

⚠Make sure and take extra precaution when traveling and bring some heavy winter clothes.
⚠If you are driving and are unfamiliar with the roads (or driving in icy conditions), please avoid driving at night or in the early morning.

▷▷▷▷See a live camera of Shirakawa-go here:
http://shirakawa-go.org/livecam/

▷▷▷▷See road conditions in the Hida City, Takayama, and Gero areas with live cameras placed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism website (Jpn):
http://www.cbr.mlit.go.jp/takayama/cctv/index.html

Safe Travels!
Shirakawa-go and Takayama Experience First Snowfall of the Year

Nohi Bus - Winter Okuhida Travel Special

December 7 , 2018
Starting December 1st, get the “Shinhotaka Ropeway Package Ticket” from Nohi Bus for a discounted price starting at 5,250 yen (a total savings of 1,440 yen for adults!). This package ticket includes:

① Unlimited route-bus use from the Takayama Nohi Bus Center to the Shinhotaka Ropeway for 3 days
② Use of the Shinhotaka Ropeway
③ Either a 1,000 yen meal voucher or a dessert/drink voucher at the restaurant of the Alps Kaido Hirayu Bus Terminal in Hirayu Onsen

This discount is made possible with subsidies from the Gifu Prefectural Government in efforts to boost tourism in the Takayama/Okuhida areas, which experienced drastic drops in visitors after the extremely heavy rainfall last July.

You don’t want to miss out on this special discount! Travel and see the majestic Northern Alps while helping out the local economy at the same time.
Nohi Bus - Winter Okuhida Travel Special

Winter 2018 Newsletter Release

November 29 , 2018
Winter is here!
Get updated information about events and places to go during the winter with our seasonal Tourism and Event Newsletter.
Unfortunately we are unable to feature every event in this newsletter so please continue to check our Facebook page for more info!

**12.13 Update** Please excuse us for the correction concerning the Gero Onsen Fireworks Winter Musical Performance, but there is no performance on Saturday, December 29th.
Winter 2018 Newsletter Release

Excavation Survey, Free Samurai-Armor Experience, and Fall Foliage at Gifu Castle

November 8 , 2018
With a plethora of activities all happening in one place, what better time is there to come and visit Gifu Castle?
◼◼◼Excavation Survey ◼◼◼
This survey is being put on by the Gifu City Board of Education in order to better understand the stone ruins at the top of Mount Kinka that are believed to date back to the age when samurai warlord Oda Nobunaga reigned from Gifu Castle in the Warring States period of Japan (around 1467–1600). This is the first full-fledge excavation survey to take place on the top of Mount Kinka and it is open to the public!
◼Period: One month starting October 24
◼Hours of Operation: Wed~Sun 9:15~15:45 (survey operations will be cancelled in the case of rain)
◼Location: 100 meters from the top station of the Mount Kinka Ropeway along the hiking path going towards Gifu Castle.

◼◼◼ Samurai Armor Experience ◼◼◼
In the Gifu Castle Museum, located near Gifu Castle at the top of Mount Kinka, one can try on some samurai armor for a period of 20 minutes free of charge. The armor-wearing experience is being offered in conjunction with the installation of trick art that makes it look like you are invading Inabayama Castle (current Gifu Castle). What a good photo opportunity!
◼Period: Now to December 24
◼Hours of Operation: Weekends and national holidays 10:00-15:00
◼Reservations: Reservation of time slots have to be made in person on the day of. Reservations will only be given to the first 20 people and can be made starting at 9:30 at the museum
◼Cost: Wearing the samurai armor is free; however, one will still need to pay for the museum admission (¥200)

◼◼◼ Autumn Foliage ◼◼◼
Changing colors of the autumn foliage around Gifu Park, Mount Kinka, and Gifu Castle can be seen from early to late November.
Excavation Survey, Free Samurai-Armor Experience, and Fall Foliage at Gifu Castle

JR Central Plans to Completely Restore JR Takayama Line on Nov. 21

November 6 , 2018
JR Central has announced that they plan to completely restore train tracks (and resume normal train services) from Sakakami to Inotani Station on Wednesday, November 21. The Sakakami~Inotani section of the Takayama Main Line has been closed since July due to damages caused by landslides that occurred during extremely heavy rainfall.

This means that Limited Express Wide-View Hida services from Takayama to Toyama Station will also be resumed, making it possible for one to travel from Nagoya to Toyama in a quick and convenient manner.
*Reserved Seat tickets for “Wide-View Hida” services will go on sale at 10:00 on Tuesday, November 6

*****Free Wi-Fi on “Wide-View Hida” Services*****
In addition to Wide-View Hida services from Hida-Furukawa to Toyama resuming on November 21, JR Central has also announced that free Wi-Fi will be available on all “Wide-View Hida” train cars.
*Please be aware that Wi-Fi may not be usable when going through tunnels and mountainous terrain

[JR Central Notices (Jpn)]
https://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/_pdf/000038721.pdf
https://jr-central.co.jp/news/release/_pdf/000038726.pdf
JR Central Plans to Completely Restore JR Takayama Line on Nov. 21

【Event Has Ended】Fall Foliage Festivals in Gujo Hachiman

October 16 , 2018
Make sure and put Gujo Hachiman on your list of places to visit this year for fall foliage! These two events are sure to quench your thirst for beautiful fall colors as they take place during the peak fall-color viewing season in Gujo.

***Gujo Hachiman Castle Town Momiji Festival 2018***
【Date】 November 1~18
【Venue】 Gujo Hachiman Castle, and various locations around the Gujo Hachiman castle town district (“Jokamachi”)
【Info】Enjoy various events, like taiko drum performances, matchlock rifle firing, and tea ceremonies, on the weekends during the festival period

***Gujo Hachiman Castle: Momiji Garden Light Up***
【Date】 November 9~18
【Time】 Sundown to 9 pm
【Venue】 Gujo Hachiman Castle
【Info】 Take some time and enjoy the nighttime fall foliage of Gujo Hachiman Castle. The fiery red hues of the leaves contain a different energy than they do during the day and look almost like bright flames engulfing the castle
【Event Has Ended】Fall Foliage Festivals in Gujo Hachiman

【Event Has Ended】 Direct Bus From JR Nakatsugawa Sta. to Naegi Castle Ruins

September 12 , 2018
See the castle ruins that were chosen as number one in the “Mountain Castle with a Best View” section of the travel publication Japan’s Best Castles Ranking, released in Japan this past April (Japanese name of publication: 日本の城ベストランキング).

Nakatsugawa City is offering a limited-time bus that runs from JR Nakatsugawa Station to Naegi Castle Ruins.

This direct bus is available 4 times a day on weekends and national holidays through November (below for more info).
Autumn leaves are normally viewable from early to late November, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

【Naegi Castle Ruins】
http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/100/
【Event Has Ended】 Direct Bus From JR Nakatsugawa Sta. to Naegi Castle Ruins

JR ”Wide View Hida” Services Between Takayama and Toyama to Resume Late November

September 5 , 2018
JR Central has announced that they expect to have damaged railroad tracks between Sakakami Sta. and Inotani Sta. restored in late November.
Along with the reopening of this section of tracks, Limited Exp. Wide View Hida services between Takayama and Toyama will also be resumed.

Until the railroad tracks are fully repaired, it is still possible to travel from Takayama to Toyama with JR using the following route:

① JR Hida-Furukawa (or Takayama) → JR Sakakami w/ “local” variant train
② JR Sakakami → JR Inotani w/ free temporary shuttle bus provided for JR passengers (see PDF for shuttle bus timetable)
③ JR Inotani → JR Toyama w/ “local” variant train

***please note that travel time will be considerably longer than normal because only “local” trains are available to use
JR ”Wide View Hida” Services Between Takayama and Toyama to Resume Late November

Autumn 2018 Tourism and Event Newsletter Release

September 3 , 2018
Summer is coming to an end, bringing about my favorite season of the year: Autumn. This time of the year in Gifu is jam-packed with seasonal activities and events that are sure to keep you occupied!

Unfortunately I am unable to feature every event in this newsletter so please continue to check our Facebook page for more info!
Autumn 2018 Tourism and Event Newsletter Release

JR Takayama Line “Wide View Hida" Services to Takayama, Gero, and Hida Furukawa Restored

August 14 , 2018
As of August 11, railroad tracks from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station have been restored, and along with it, Limited Express Wide View Hida services from Nagoya to Takayama and Hida Furukawa (via Gero Hot Springs).

Please note that the section of railroad tracks between Sakakami Station and Intotani Station remains to be closed; therefore, Limited Express Wide View Hida services inbetween Hida-Furukawa and Toyama are still suspended (repairs are expected to take a few months).
***It’s still possible to travel from Takayama to Toyama with JR by utilizing their temporary shuttle buses (see attached timetable)

JR Central is recommending that “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” holders use highway buses from Takayama to Kanazawa or Shin-Takaoka via Shirakawa-go; these buses are included on the “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” but not the standard JR Rail Pass.

【Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass Info】
http://touristpass.jp/en/takayama_hokuriku/
JR Takayama Line “Wide View Hida

【Event Has Ended】 Ji-Kabuki Performances in Nakatsugawa and Takayama

August 6 , 2018
See Ji-Kabuki, a traditional yet more slapstick form of kabuki that was performed for commoners in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868), at Magome-juku and Nakatsugawa-juku (Nakatsugawa City), and Takayama.

【Magome-juku Performance Dates】 8/11, 8/18, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24
【Nakatsugawa-juku Performance Dates】  9/1, 10/7, 11/4
【Takayama Jinya Performance Dates】  8/18, 8/19, 8/25, 8/26

【Magome-juku Performance Info】
https://www.jikabuki.net/特別公演-特別体験プログラム-special-performance-kabuki-package-tour-1/特別公演-2018馬籠座歌舞伎/

【Nakatsugawa-juku Performance Info】
https://www.jikabuki.net/特別公演-特別体験プログラム-special-performance-kabuki-package-tour-1/特別公演-2018はざま座歌舞伎/

【Takayama Jinya Performance Info】
https://www.jikabuki.net/特別公演-特別体験プログラム-special-performance-kabuki-package-tour-1/特別公演-2018高山陣屋歌舞伎/
【Event Has Ended】 Ji-Kabuki Performances in Nakatsugawa and Takayama

“Wide View Hida” Services from Nagoya to Gero, Takayama and Hida Furukawa Resume Aug 11

August 6 , 2018
JR Central has announced that they plan to reopen the closed railroad tracks from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station (which were damaged by landslides caused by the heavy rainfall in early July) on Saturday, August 11. Along with the reopening of these tracks, Limited Express Wide View Hida services from Nagoya Station to Hida-Furukawa Station (via Gero and Takayama Station) will also be reintroduced; you can now purchase tickets for reserved and non-reserved seats.

With trains resuming their normal services starting on August 11, the last day of the temporary shuttle buses from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station will be Friday, August 10.

【Notes】
*Train lines from Sakakami Station to Inotani Station will remain closed (repairs are expected to take a few months) with temporary shuttle buses running passengers the distance of the closed railroad tracks
*Limited Exp. Wide View Hida services from Hida-Furukawa Station to Toyama Station will remain suspended
*See the link below for the Japanese Press Release from JR Central
“Wide View Hida” Services from Nagoya to Gero, Takayama and Hida Furukawa Resume Aug 11

JR Central Expecting to Have the Railway Between Hida-Kanayama and Gero Restored in Mid-August

July 23 , 2018
JR Central has announced that they are expecting to re-open the railways from Hida-Kanayama Station to Gero Station in mid-August.
Along with the re-opening of these tracks they are also planning to partially restart Limited Exp. Wide View Hida services (most likely between Takayama and Nagoya).

For JR Pass holders it is still possible to travel to places like Takayama and Gero by using the temporary shuttle buses provided by JR Central at no additional cost (please see the timetable for times and more info). Please note that currently all Limited Express “Wide View” Hida services are suspended so only “Local” services are available.

The railway from Sakakami Station to Inotani Station is expected to take several months to restore.
JR Central Expecting to Have the Railway Between Hida-Kanayama and Gero Restored in Mid-August

【Event Has Ended】 Gifu Nagara River Summer Firework Performances

July 4 , 2018
Enjoy the largest summer firework performances that Gifu has to offer, each attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators with their extravagant star mines (a firework launching technique where hundreds to thousands of fireworks are launched in a short time).
The event area for both events will become extremely crowded so make sure and give yourself plenty of time for traveling to and from the venue

※62 Chunichi Shimbun Nagara River All-Japan Fireworks Display
【Date】 Saturday, July 28th
【Time】Afternoon Show: 12:00pm~ Night Show: 7:20pm ~ 8:35pm
【Jpn Web】http://www.chunichi.co.jp/chuhana/nagaragawa/

※73 National Fireworks Display (Gifu Shimbun)
【Date】 Saturday, August 4th
【Time】7:30pm ~ 8:40pm
【Jpn Web】https://www.gifu-np.co.jp/jigyo/hanabi/

【Location for both displays】On the southern banks of the Nagara River inbetween the Kinka and Nagara Bridges in Gifu City
【Directions】Special temporary shuttle buses will be running from JR Gifu and Meitetsu Gifu Stations to the event venue (210 yen, 20 min)

***In the case that the displays are postponed due to bad weather conditions, the Chunichi Shimbun display will be held on Saturday August 25th, and the Gifu Shimbun on Saturday August 18th
【Event Has Ended】 Gifu Nagara River Summer Firework Performances

2018 Battle of Sekigahara Festival Dates Released

June 29 , 2018
The Battle of Sekigahara Festival takes place on the old battlegrounds of the largest and most decisive battle of medieval Japan. Watch exciting battle reenactments, musket-wielding samurai, and parades of soldiers, or wander through the countless number of festival stalls.

Why not take this opportunity and explore the area in a bit more depth as there are many remnants of the old Nakasendo Highway post station still preserved to this day and a number of nature trails that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

【Dates】October 20 and 21, 2018 (Sat and Sun)
2018 Battle of Sekigahara Festival Dates Released

2018 Gifu Castle Panoramic Night Viewing

June 27 , 2018
See a dazzling panoramic night view of Gifu City from the Gifu Castle observation deck during this special nighttime event.

【Dates】
①July 14 ~ August 31 (every day)
②September 1 ~ October 16 (weekends and national holidays only)
③December 22 ~ 24 (every day)

【Times】
①Gifu Castle: ~10:00 pm
②Gifu Castle: ~9:30 pm
③Gifu Castle: ~8:30 pm

【Cost】
※Gifu Castle: ¥200 (Children [age 4-15]: ¥100)
※Kinka Ropeway Roundtrip Fare: ¥900 (Children [age 4-11]: ¥450)

【Directions】
JR Gifu or Meitetsu Gifu Station >>> Gifu Bus >>> “Gifu Koen/Rekishi Hakubutsukan-Mae” bus stop >>> 5-min walk

【Notes】
※Entry to Gifu Castle is permited until 15 min before closing
※Kinka Ropeway cable car will run until 30 min after Gifu Castle closes
※Discounted cable car fare begins at 6:00 pm
2018 Gifu Castle Panoramic Night Viewing

JR Central to Introduce Free Wi-Fi to Ltd. Exp. Hida Trains Starting This Summer

June 21 , 2018
Beginning this summer you can enjoy your ride to and from Takayama in style with free Wi-Fi. JR Central has stated that starting this summer they will begin to introduce free Wi-Fi services for their Limited Express “Wide View” Hida train cars. Installation will begin in the summer and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

In addition to free Wi-Fi in the trains, JR Central also plans to install devices to allow for free Wi-Fi in the following Takayama Line stations:
*JR Gero Station
*JR Takayama Station
*JR Hida-Furukawa
JR Central to Introduce Free Wi-Fi to Ltd. Exp. Hida Trains Starting This Summer

Summer 2018 Tourism and Event Newsletter

June 4 , 2018
Get up-to-date information about events and places to go during the summer with our seasonal Tourism and Event Newsletter!

For weekly posts about upcoming events and other information, please like our “Go Gifu” Facebook page.
Summer 2018 Tourism and Event Newsletter

Start of the Cormorant Fishing Season

May 11 , 2018
From May 11th to October 15th you can enjoy the 1,300-year-old summer tradition here in Gifu that attracts over 100,000 viewers each year: cormorant fishing. This ancient fishing method involves fishing masters useing cormorants to catch ayu sweetfish by torchlight.
Start of the Cormorant Fishing Season

Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum Newly Renovated

May 1 , 2018
In order to accommodate more spectators and provide a better experience for visitors who don’t speak Japanese, Seki has renovated the sword-forging area at the Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum.
Major renovations include:
*Viewing area expansion (100 seats and a standing area for 20)
*Outer walls to prevent rain and wind from disrupting the forging performance
*Four monitors (three inside and one outside) to explain the production process of Japanese swords in English and Chinese

Along with the renovations, standard public sword-forging performances will now cost an additional fee to view (the Uchizome-shiki and Cutlery Festival Performances will remain free):
Adults: ¥300
High School Students: ¥200
Middle and Primary School Students: ¥100
Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum Newly Renovated