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2020 Shirakwa-go Light Up Event

August 16 , 2019
See the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go illuminated at night amidst a snowy landscape, creating a magical scene that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale.
This event only occurs six nights a year and due to its popularity there are rules and regulations in place to ensure the safety of visitors and the local villagers.

The Shirakawa-go website for the light-up event has been updated for the 2020 year so make sure and go through it carefully if you are interested in attending!
2020 Shirakwa-go Light Up Event

Mino Washi to be Used for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Certificates

August 1 , 2019
Congratulations to Mino City, whose hand-crafted Mino Washi paper (“Mino Tesuki Washi” in Japanese) have officially been chosen to be used for the ceremonial certificates given to the top eight placers of each sport/event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

*****About Mino Washi*****
Papermaking has a history of over 1,300 years in the city of Mino and has encouraged the development of various crafting industries in the surrounding area (such as traditional Japanese lantern, umbrella, and fan-making).
The Mino Washi paper that’s made here is highly praised for having a nice look and feel, being extremely thin yet difficult to tear, and for how beautifully light shines through it.
Hon-Minoshi, the highest quality of Mino Washi paper, was even registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014.

Mino Washi Activities↴↴↴
Mino Washi to be Used for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Certificates

Ji-Kabuki Performances Takayama Jinya・Magome-juku・Hazama Sake Brewery

July 29 , 2019
Watch special Ji-Kabuki performances – a form of Kabuki (a traditional Japanese performing art) that’s more relaxed and down-to-earth than the standard Kabuki as it was originally created to entertain everyone from farmers and commoners to samurai lords – this summer and fall at popular sightseeing spots!

Special performances will be held in Takayama (Takayama Jinya) and Nakatsugawa (Magome-juku and Hazama Sake Brewery) in places that are easier to access than the more traditional theaters that performances are normally held in.

**Takayama Jinya Performances**
【Dates】 Aug 17・18 and Aug 31・Sep 1
【Time】 19:30 (doors open at 19:00)
【Admission】 1,000円 (includes souvenir)
【Venue】 Takayama Jinya, Takayama
【Access】 8-min walk from JR Takayama Station
【Notes】 Tickets can be purchased day-of at the Takayama Jinya or beforehand online

**Magome-za Performances**
【Dates】 July 20・27, Aug 10・24, Oct 12・26, Nov 9・23
【Time】 20:00 (doors open at 19:30)
【Admission】 500円 (includes souvenir)
【Venue】 Magome Assembly Hall (next to the Magome Tourism Info. Center), Magome-juku, Nakatsugawa

**Hazama-za Performances**
【Dates】 Oct 5・6, Nov 2・3
【Time】 12:00 (doors open at 11:00) and 14:30 (doors open at 13:30)
【Admission】 1,500円
【Venue】 Hazama Sake Brewery, Nakatsugawa
【Access】 12-min walk from JR Nakatsugawa Station in Nakatsugawa-juku
【Notes】 Bus tours from Nagoya are available
Ji-Kabuki Performances Takayama Jinya・Magome-juku・Hazama Sake Brewery

Gujo Dance Season Just Around the Corner

July 11 , 2019
The Gujo Dance Festival – one of Japanese three most famous bon dances with over 400 years of history – begins July 13 and will be held across 30 non-consecutive nights until September 7.

Everyone is invited to join in the dancing and the moves for each dance are quite easy to remember (just hop in the dance circle and copy the people around you).
While not required, we recommend dancing in geta (traditional Japanese clog-like sandals) as they are highly integrated into the various dances.

Make sure to check the below schedule as times and venues change each night.
Gujo Dance Season Just Around the Corner

Michelin Guide Restaurants and Lodging in Gifu

June 18 , 2019
Learn about the restaurants and lodging facilities in Gifu that made the Michelin Guide Aichi-Gifu-Mie 2019.

The Michelin Guide Aichi-Gifu-Mie 2019 was just released in Japan this past May and while there are currently no plans to make an English version in print you can find all of the listings in English on a special feature Michelin page.
Michelin Guide Restaurants and Lodging in Gifu

Explore Gifu’s Majestic Nature with Nohi Bus Tours

June 13 , 2019
Ever want to do some hiking or mountain climbing in Japan but don’t have access to a car? Well now there’s no need to worry about transportation because Nohi Bus is offering a large selection of hiking, mountain climbing, and trekking tours that depart from Takayama (but may pass by other bus stops depending on the tour).

Courses available:
*Goshikigahara Forest Hiking Tour (3 options available)
*Norikura Kengamine Summit Climb
*Nishiho Maruyama Climb
*Hida-Osaka Falls
*Amou Native Forest Guided Tour (2 options available)

Other regular course:
*Kamikochi, Norikura and Shinhotaka Ropeway Bus Tour
*Shinhotaka Ropeway Star Gazing Tour
*Nakasendo Samurai Road Walk

Tours are offered through autumn (ending periods are different depending on the course)
Explore Gifu’s Majestic Nature with Nohi Bus Tours

Summer 2019 Newsletter Release

June 6 , 2019
With the temperature rising over 30°in various parts of the prefecture, it’s safe to safe that summer has arrived! There are a wide range of seasonal activities that are only possible in warm weather; just make sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated!
Don’t miss our summer newsletter which includes a selection of the activities and events held here in the summer.
Please keep in mind that not everything is covered so make sure to continue and check back here for updated news and info!
Summer 2019 Newsletter Release

【Event Has Ended】 Section of Chubu Jukan Expwy Temporarily Closed (No Major Impact on Travel to Taka…

May 13 , 2019
For those traveling by car around the Takayama area please note that the Chubu Jukan Expwy between Takayama-Nishi I.C. and Hida-Kiyomi I.C. will be closed for repairs and inspections from May 13~July 12.

This won’t have a large effect on travel to Takayama as one can easily take National Highway 158 instead for the 11 km section

【Closed Road】 Chubu Jukan Expwy between Takayama-Nishi I.C. and Hida-Kiyomi I.C.
【Closure Period】 May 13 to July 12
【Closure Reason】 Road and bridge repairs and inspection of tunnel facilities
【Detour Route】 From the Tokai-Hokuriku Expwy to Takayama City please use National Highway 158
【Event Has Ended】 Section of Chubu Jukan Expwy Temporarily Closed (No Major Impact on Travel to Takayama)

Gujo Hachiman Added to Shoryudo Bus Pass

May 7 , 2019
Ever wanted to experience one of Japan’s Three Most Famous Bon-Dance Festivals or make your very own food replica?
Well now’s the time to try because Gujo Hachiman is now an official stop on the 3-day “Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa Course” and 5-day “Wide Course” of Meitetsu Railway’s Shoryudo Bus Pass. For more info see the below link↴↴↴

***Gujo Hachiman Info***
Gujo Hachiman Added to Shoryudo Bus Pass

2019 G.W. and Autumn Naegi Castle Ruins Shuttle Bus

April 26 , 2019
During the 10-day 2019 Golden Week holiday period and weekends/national holidays from September~November Kita Ena is offering direct shuttle bus services between JR Nakatsugawa Station and Naegi Castle Ruins.

The Naegi Castle Ruins are the remains of an ancient mountain fortress that sits atop a 170-meter-tall mountain in Nakatsugawa City. In order to make up for the lack of space on top of the mountain the castle’s creators ingeniously adapted the mountain’s pre-existing boulders into the castle’s design making it an architectural feat as it originally built around 1532.

The lookout point at the very top of the castle ruins provides a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding Kiso Valley, Kiso River and nearby Mt. Ena.

***Naegi Castle Ruins***
2019 G.W. and Autumn Naegi Castle Ruins Shuttle Bus

Experience Gifu’s Traditional Crafts with Voyagin

April 23 , 2019
Ceramics, Blacksmithing, Papermaking, Woodworking, and Indigo Dyeing

Experience these age old crafts that each have 400~1,300 years of history here in Gifu prefecture. With 12 different tours/activities now bookable on Voyagin, it’s never been easier to EXPERIENCE these Japanese crafts in person.

Make sure and check the details of each activity to see what it includes!
Experience Gifu’s Traditional Crafts with Voyagin

Cormorant Fishing Season May 11~Oct. 15

April 19 , 2019
Watch the ancient tradition of cormorant fishing that has been continued here in Gifu on the Nagara River for over a millennium. Traditional cormorant fishing is where master fishermen use trained cormorants to catch ayu sweetfish, a migratory fish native to Gifu’s pristine rivers, by torchlight in the dark of night.

There are two places one can watch this ancient fishing tradition:
① Gifu City – Gifu Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River
② Seki City – Oze Cormorant Fishing

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness this tradition over a thousand years in the making!
Cormorant Fishing Season May 11~Oct. 15

【Event Has Ended】 Yoro Park Sakura Light-Up & Site of Reversible Destiny Special

March 29 , 2019
The two-kilometer stretch from Yoro Railway’s Yoro Station to Yoro Falls is one of Gifu’s most popular cherry blossom locations because one can see 3,000 blooming cherry trees against the breathtaking backdrop of the Yoro Mountains. From the cherry blossom season to early summer there are a number of events and promotional campaigns that are sure to make your trip to Yoro special!

***①Yoro Park Sakura Light-Up***
Enjoy the famous cherry trees of Yoro Park lit up at night for a romantic cherry-blossom tunnel (not to mention a marketplace of food stalls). While you’re there, don’t miss out on the fantastic night view of Gifu and Nagoya!
【Date】 March 30~April 7 (enjoy stage events on Saturdays and Sundays during this time)
【Light-Up Time】 18:00~20:30 (Parking lots may be used from 17:00~21:00)

***②Yoro Railway & Site of Reversible Destiny Special***
Take a Yoro Railway train to Yoro Park and get into the Site of Reversible Destiny for free! Just show your used ticket (make sure it’s been stamped) to the Site of Reversible Destiny ticketing gate.
【Special Period】 March 20~May 31
【Yoro Park Access】At JR Ogaki Station, exit ticketing gates and transfer to Yoro Railway Ogaki Station >>> take train for Yoro and get off at Yoro Station (24 min and 410 yen) >>> walk ten minutes to Yoro Park
【More Info】
▪Yoro Park:
▪Site of Reversible Destiny:
【Event Has Ended】 Yoro Park Sakura Light-Up & Site of Reversible Destiny Special

Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Lane Expansion Complete

March 20 , 2019
Now the drive from Nagoya to northern Gifu (like Takayama, Hida City, and Shirokawa-go) has become even more safe and enjoyable as the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway between Gujo and Takayama have been expanded from two to four lanes.

*Reasons for Expansion Construction
-Alleviate of traffic congestion and encourage more tourism
-Improve structural redundancy in case of natural disasters or emergencies
-Improve overall safety and reliability

*Interesting Fact
As a result of expansion construction, Washimi Bridge (located in between Takasu IC and Hiruganokogen Smart IC) will be breaking its previous record for tallest bridge-support pillar in Japan with a new height of 125m (previous height was 118m)

*4-Lane Expansion Project Timeline:
Shirotori IC~Takasu IC (8km): Completed Nov. 30, 2018
Hiruganokogen Smart IC~Hida-Kiyomi IC (26km): Completed Dec. 12, 2018
Takasu IC~Hiruganokogen Smart IC (7km): Completed Mar. 20, 2019
Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Lane Expansion Complete

Hida Osaka Falls Selected For Ecotourism Award Grand Prize

March 18 , 2019
Hida Osaka Falls was selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the 14th Ecotourism Awards (an award given by the Japanese Ministry of Environment).

Hida Osaka is home to over a thousand waterfalls (200 over a height of 5 meters) and is considered to have the most waterfalls concentrated in one area in all of Japan. With NPO Hida Osaka Falls, one can enjoy English tours to some the waterfalls, shower climbing, or even snowshoeing in the winter.

***Gero City Council of Ecotourism Promotions should also be mentioned as it was one of three organizations selected for the Award of Excellence

【Ministry of Environment Announcement (Jpn)】
Hida Osaka Falls Selected For Ecotourism Award Grand Prize

Spring 2019 Newsletter Release

March 11 , 2019
Winter is coming to an end and the weather is starting to warm up.
With the arrival of spring there are a number of festivals and events here in Gifu that you won’t want to miss, so make sure and check out our seasonal newsletter!
Spring 2019 Newsletter Release

JNTO 24/365 Japan Visitor Hotline

February 22 , 2019
Travel to Gifu (and Japan) worry free with the JNTO Japan Visitor Hotline.

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has created the Japan Visitor Hotline call center available for foreign visitors to call in the case of an emergency (such as a natural disaster or accident) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
Call center agents can respond in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Emergency Hotline Phone Number: 050-3816-2787
JNTO 24/365 Japan Visitor Hotline

2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast

February 12 , 2019
Cherry blossom season is just around the corner.
Cherry blossoms in the Gifu City area are expected to begin blossoming on March 25th with full bloom from April 1st to 9th. (The forecast for the Takayama area isn’t included on the forecast guide, but you can expect it to be sometime after the Gifu area)

***Check out our Go Gifu blog post for a list of places around Gifu City where you can get your flower-viewing on↴↴↴
2019 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Direct Bus from Takayama to Magome (Via Gero)

February 4 , 2019
Starting this April one can explore the historical post towns of Magome and Tsumago-juku with Nohi Bus services going directly from Takayama (via Gero).
This plan is perfect for those who want to see the Nakasendo post towns but are on a tight schedule. The bus will depart from Takayama in the morning (8:10) and then return later that evening (18:00).

For those motivated individuals out there you will even have enough free time to walk from Magome to Tsumago-juku and then take the bus back to Takayama.

*This bus service will only be available from April through September
*The bus will not be available to those only wanting to go from Takayama to Gero or from Magome to Tsumago-juku (or vice versa)
*Shoryudo Free Pass holders can receive a 500 yen discount off the bus fare
*Contact Nohi Bus beforehand for those with a party of 10 or more
Direct Bus from Takayama to Magome (Via Gero)

2019 Gujo Dance Festival Schedule

January 22 , 2019
The schedule for the 2019 Gujo Dance Festival has been released!
This 400-year-old festival is considered to be one of Japan’s Top Three Bon Dance Festivals.
If you’re planning on visiting Gifu this summer (from July to Sep.) make sure and check out the schedule to see if there are any dances you can make.
2019 Gujo Dance Festival Schedule