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Newly Revised Gifu Travel Guide Available Online for Free

April 18 , 2018
Want to know more about the wonders and attractions Gifu has to offer?

Look no further than our newly revised Gifu: The Complete Travel Guide.
This book is like a tourist information center that fits in the palm of your hand!

While the books are very useful, we are unable to ship them overseas so if you are abroad then they are a little difficult to get.
It is for this reason that we have made the whole travel guide available online in a digital “pdf” format. Just visit our Go Gifu Wordpress blog and go to the “GIFU - The Complete Travel Guide” page, there you can browse and download individual sections or even the whole book if you want!
Newly Revised Gifu Travel Guide Available Online for Free

Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum Reopening

March 23 , 2018
See 43 different air and spacecraft at the newly renovated Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum.

The Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, which has been closed since September of 2016, is reopening on March 24th after undergoing some heavy-duty renovations. The museum has teamed up with NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (located in the U.S.) in efforts to make the scale and content of the exhibits worthy of being Japan’s only museum to specialize in both air and space technology.

Some highlights include the world’s only surviving Imperial Japanese Army Air Service “Hien” fighter aircraft, and a life-size replica of mankind’s very first aircraft: the Wright Flyer.
Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum Reopening

Spring 2018 Tourism and Event Newsletter

March 20 , 2018
Get up-to-date information about festivals and events that will take place in Gifu Prefecture this spring with our Tourism and Event Newsletter! Events and festivals mentioned in the newsletter:
・Takayama Festival
・Furukawa Festival
・Ogaki Festival
・Mino Festival
・Sunomata Cherry Blossom Festivals
・Kiso Sansen Park Tulip Festival

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

Japanese-Sword Forging and Sword-Drawing Demonstrations at the New Seki Hamono (Cutlery) Museum

February 14 , 2018
With the completion of the Seki Hamono Museum, Cutler Sansyu has now become a one-stop shop where you can purchase Seki cutlery (sold directly from manufacturers), learn about the people and tools that are involved in the manufacturing process, and watch various performances related to the craft.

****List of available activities****
・Japanese-sword forging performances (participation in them is also possible)
・Bamboo-slashing sword drawing (Iai-giri) performances
・Seki mini-scissors workshop
・Experience wearing a kimono
・An impressive assortment of Seki cutlery and edged tools that are available for purchase

For reservations and more information please contact Cutler Sansyu:
Japanese-Sword Forging and Sword-Drawing Demonstrations at the New Seki Hamono (Cutlery) Museum

Release of the 2018 Gujo Odori (Dance) Festival Schedule

February 1 , 2018
The Gujo Odori, one of Japan's Three Great Bon-Dance Festivals, remains unchanged since the time it first began over 400 years ago and is particularly famous for its four-day period of "tetsuya" all-night dancing.

The atmosphere of the Gujo Odori is especially friendly, and everyone is encouraged to participate; this allows you to not only “watch,” but actually “experience” this old tradition as the locals do.

If you are planning a trip to Gifu (or central Japan) this summer, why not check and see if there will be any dance festivals being held during your stay?

※For more information↴↴↴↴↴↴
http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/15/
Release of the 2018 Gujo Odori (Dance) Festival Schedule

【Event Has Ended】 Hida Takayama Sake Brewery Tour

January 15 , 2018
In Japan they have a saying that goes along the lines of “good sake can be found in cold places.” The area around Takayama produces delicious sake—making it a perfect example of this old saying—because not only is it blessed with a cold climate, but pristine water and high-quality rice as well. Each week, one of the six participating sake breweries will open up its brewery for tours and sake sampling. Take a tour of the brewery with a guide and then try some of their delicious sake!

【Date】 January 19th-March 3rd
【Time】 10:00am-12:00pm (last entry at 11:45am), 1:00pm-4:00pm (last entry at 3:45pm)
【Duration】 15-20 min
【Venue】 Various breweries in the historical district of Takayama City (see “Tour Schedule”)
【Directions】 10-15 min on foot from Takayama Station East Exit
【Tour Schedule】 ①Jan 19th-25th: Harada Sake Brewery ②Jan 26th-Feb 1st: Kawashiri Sake Brewery ③Feb 2nd-8th: Niki Sake Brewery ④Feb 9th-15th: Hirase Sake Brewery ⑤Feb 16th-22nd: Funasaka Sake Brewery ⑥Feb 23rd-Mar 3rd: Hirata Sake Brewery
【Event Has Ended】 Hida Takayama Sake Brewery Tour

Winter 2017 Tourism and Event Newsletter

December 18 , 2017
Buckle down for winter with our seasonal tourism and event newsletter. It includes up-to-date information about some of the activities and events going on in Gifu this winter that you won’t want to miss.

For weekly posts about upcoming events and other information, please like our “Go Gifu” Facebook page.
Winter 2017 Tourism and Event Newsletter

【Event Has Ended】Gero Hot Springs Winter Firework Performances

December 1 , 2017
Watch special firework performances in Gero Hot Springs every Saturday from December 2017 until March 2018!
These performances are put on by world-class pyro technicians, ensuring an exciting show that will please everyone. The performances are divided into two separate events:

①Gero Hot Springs: Winter Musical Firework Performances
See 7,000~10,000 fireworks fired in-time to accompanying music! On Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) there will be a special 30-minute Christmas performance.
【Dates】 Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (all Sat); Dec 24th (Sun)
【Start Time】 8:00pm
【Duration】 Normal performances: 15 min; Christmas performance: 30 min
【Venue】 Gero City, Upstream of the Gero Ohashi Bridge (Shirasagi Ryokuchi Park)

②Gero Hot Springs: Winter “Fireworks Story”
Enjoy a relaxed firework performance after supper.
【Dates】Every Saturday from 1/6~3/31 and Sunday 4/1
【Start Time】 8:30pm
【Duration】 around 10 min
【Venue】 Along the banks of the Hidagawa River downstream of the Gero Ohashi Bridge
【Recommended Viewing Spot】 East side of the Gero Ohashi Bridge or the Atanodani area in downtown Gero City
【Event Has Ended】Gero Hot Springs Winter Firework Performances

【Event Has Ended】 Lantern-Lit Historical District~Mino~

October 23 , 2017
This event is for those of you who weren’t able to make it to the Mino “Washi” Lantern-Art Exhibition, or want to see the lantern art in a quiet, calm environment.

Around 80 of the top lanterns from this year’s competitions (and past competitions) will be displayed in acrylic cases, so they can even be enjoyed in the rain.

【Event】 Lantern-Lit Historical District~Mino~
【Date】 From now until November 30th
【Time】 Lanterns are lit from 5:00pm-9:00pm
【Venue】 Udatsu-Lined Old Streets of Mino City
【Directions】 10-minute walk from the Nagaragawa Railway’s Mino-shi Station (or a 1-minute walk from “Udatsu no Machinami-dori” bus stop on the Gifu Mino Line of Gifu Bus)
【Event Has Ended】 Lantern-Lit Historical District~Mino~

【Event Has Ended】Lightsaber and Seki Blacksmithing Exhibition

October 11 , 2017
In an unexpected, but nevertheless exciting tie-up between Starwars: The Last Jedi PR Bureau and Seki City, you can see a lightsaber-inspired Japanese sword that was crafted specifically for this promotional exhibition.

The centerpiece of the exhibition, “Raito Sēbā,” was crafted by the 25th and 26th generation “Fujiwara Kanefusa,” who used the lightsaber that main character Rey will carry in the movie as inspiration for their Japanese sword. What is “Fujiwara Kanefusa” you might ask? Well to put simply, it is an honorary title that is passed to the most talented of Seki blacksmiths from generation to generation first starting in the Muromachi period (1336-1573).

At this exhibition both Japanese sword fans and Starwars fans alike can enjoy “Raito Sēbā,” an intriguing fusion of the 700-year-old tradition of blacksmithing here in Seki and the lightsaber, a symbol of the movie series that has entertained audiences all around the world.

【Event】 “Lightsaber and Seki Blacksmithing” Exhibition
【Location】 Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum (2nd Floor)
【Date】 October 6th-29th
【Admission】Entry into the Special Exhibition Hall is free (normal museum rates are charged for permanent exhibition hall)
【Notes】 Admission into the museum during the Seki Cutlery Festival will be free!
【Event Press Release (Jpn)】http://www.city.seki.lg.jp/cmsfiles/contents/0000011/11769/(92-1).pdf
【Event Has Ended】Lightsaber and Seki Blacksmithing Exhibition

【Event Has Ended】 Takayama Autumn Festival

September 27 , 2017
Come see the festival that is considered one of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Festivals: the Takayama Autumn Festival.
During this festival you can see 11 “yatai” floats that are completely different from the ones that are shown during the spring.

In addition to the beautifully-crafted festival floats, you can watch skillfully controlled “karakuri” marionette dolls, parades of Edo-period watchmen, and many other kinds of events that showcase the beauty and tradition of the Hida region.

【Schedule】
※October 9th (Mon)
・Exhibition of the Floats= 9:00am~4:00pm
・”Karakuri” Marionette Performances= 12:00pm, 2:00pm
・Float Parade (four floats)= 1:30pm
・”Goshinko” Festival Procession= 1:00pm
・Night Festival= 6:00pm~9:00pm

※October 10th (Tue)
・Exhibition of the Floats= 9:00am~4:00pm
・”Karakuri” Marionette Performances= 11:00am, 1:00pm
・”Goshinko” Festival Procession= 8:30am, 1:30pm

【Venue】 Area around Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
【Event Has Ended】 Takayama Autumn Festival

Go Gifu Fall Event Newsletter Release

September 14 , 2017
If you are looking for some fall events then look no further!
Go Gifu has got you covered with updated information on some fall events that you won’t want to miss.

To keep up on other events and festivals during the summer that aren’t mentioned in the newsletter please like our Go Gifu Facebook page.
Go Gifu Fall Event Newsletter Release

【Event Has Ended】 Mino "Washi" Lantern-Art Exhibition

September 7 , 2017
See the old “udatsu”-lined streets of the historical district in Mino City lighten up by lantern art created by people from all over Japan. These lanterns, which come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors, are created for the annual Mino “Washi” Lantern-Art Contest and are made using Mino “Washi.”

Mino “Washi” is a traditional style of Japanese paper that has flourished for over 1,300 years in Mino City, and is an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage as of 2014. It is also considered to be one of Japan’s Three Great “Washi”, so what better place to enjoy "washi" than here in Mino City?

【Date】 October 7th and 8th (Sat and Sun)
【Time】 5:00pm-9:00pm ***time lanterns are lit
【Venue】 “Udatsu”-lined Old Streets of Mino City
【Access】 10-minute walk from the Nagaragawa Railway’s Mino-shi Station (or a 1-minute walk from “Udatsu no Machinami-dori” bus stop on the Gifu Mino Line of Gifu Bus)
【Notes】 The Mino “Washi” Lantern-Art Exhibition and the Seki City Cutlery Festival are located close together on the Nagaragawa Railway train line, they also take place on the same days so why not pair them together into one trip?
【Event Has Ended】 Mino

【Event Has Ended】 50th Annual Seki City Cutlery Festival

September 6 , 2017
At Seki, ancient blacksmithing knowledge and techniques have been passed down from generation to generation for over 700 years so it not difficult to see why steel cutlery and edged-tools from here are considered to be of world-class quality.

Seki will hold their annual cutlery festival in October, which is attended by around 50 local cutlery and tool manufacturers. Walk around their booths and look through their wares (which are known for being extremely reasonably priced).

If you want to get your hands on some quality Japanese steel, then this is the place to go. This year marks the 50th year that the festival has been held so you can be sure to expect some extra-special deals.

【Date】 October 7th and 8th (Sat and Sun)
【Time】 10:00am to 5:00pm
【Venue】 2 Chome Honmachi, Seki City (vendors will be along Honmachi-dori Street)
【Directions】 7-minute walk from Nagaragawa Railway’s Seki Station (From JR Takayama Main Line transfer at Mino-Ota Station)

※Traditional Katana Blacksmithing Demonstrations※
View master blacksmithes at work on a real Japanese sword as they pound away on some red-hot steel. Afterwards, wander into the Traditional Swordsmith Museum to view demonstrations of other crafts that were necessary to create one complete sword, like blade sharpening and sheath-making.

【Date】 October 7th and 8th
【Time】 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm
【Admission】 Free (admission to museum is also free for the duration of the festival)
【Venue】 Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum
【Directions】 10 minutes on foot from the cutlery festival venue

For more information:
※Gifu Tourism Web:
http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/59/
※Seki City Tourism Assoc. Web:
http://sekikanko.jp/modules/newseng/index.php?page=detail&bid=564
【Event Has Ended】 50th Annual Seki City Cutlery Festival

【Event Has Ended】 International Ceramics Festival ’17 Mino, Japan

August 21 , 2017
The International Ceramics Festival Mino is a world-class ceramics festival that has been held every three years since 1986. This year’s festival, the International Ceramics Festival ’17 Mino, will be held at the Ceramics Park MINO in Tajimi and will open its doors to the public on Friday, September 15th.
 
The ”11th International Ceramics Competition, Mino Japan Exhibition” is the main event of this festival. For this year’s competition there was a total of 2,466 pieces submitted by artists representing 60 countries and regions. From the original 2,466 pieces, 141 were carefully selected by a panel of judges, consisting of well-known artists and museum directors, to be showcased at the festival.

During the festival there will be many events being held such as a restaurant where you can enjoy cuisine prepared by a Michelin One-Star chef (served in Mino Ceramic Ware), a fashion show with Mino Ceramic Ware as the theme, and workshop where you can create ceramic, origami-styled cranes or tile coasters.

Other events include an art exhibit featuring works made by people with disabilities, a high school ceramics art show, and various locally themed art exhibits. With all of these different events it is sure to be a festival that both adults and children will be able to enjoy.

【Festival Dates】 Friday, September 15th to Sunday, October 22nd
【Event Venue】 Ceramics Park MINO
【Venue Address】 4-2-5 Higashimachi, Tajimi City, Gifu
【Event Website】 http://www.icfmino.com/

【For your reference: What is Mino Ceramic Ware?】
http://www.icfmino.com/english/outline/minoyaki.php
【Event Has Ended】 International Ceramics Festival ’17 Mino, Japan

【Event Has Ended】 2017 Gujo Odori Starts This Week

July 3 , 2017
The Gujo Odori (Gujo Dance), one of Japan’s top three “bon” festivals, is held 30 nights from July 8th to early September in order to pay respect to one’s ancestors and family members that have passed away.
The most distinct feature of the Gujo Dance is the period of four nights in August when the dancing is held all night long.

※Please note that all of the dances start at 8:00pm, and the last train for Gifu City departing from Gujo-Hachiman Station is at 8:30pm, so please make sure and secure lodgings in advance.

The venue of the dance changes each night, so for the specific location and other additional information please see the following link.
【Event Has Ended】 2017 Gujo Odori Starts This Week

【Events Have Ended】 Gifu City Firework Displays

June 27 , 2017
Summer means firework displays here in Japan, and Gifu prefecture won’t let you down. There are many fireworks displays here in Gifu, and the newspaper companies Chunichi Shimbun and Gifu Shimbun hold shows that are considered to be among the largest, launching around 30,000 fireworks each.

Due to the popularity of these two displays it is recommended that you take public transportation (or walk if possible) to the viewing areas. Apart from the special shuttle buses that depart from the JR Gifu and Meitetsu Gifu Stations, there will also be buses shuttling spectators from the temporary parking lots located in Hitoichiba and the north side of the Prefectural Government building (all shuttle buses are 210 yen).

※61st Chunichi Shimbun Nagara River All-Japan Fireworks Display※
During the afternoon portion of this fireworks display you can enjoy special “sound” and “colorful smoke” fireworks.
【Date】 Saturday, July 29th
【Time】Afternoon Show: 12:00pm~ Night Show: 7:15pm ~ 8:30pm
【Location】On the banks of the Nagara River downstream from the Nagara Bridge
【Directions】Special temporary shuttle buses will be running from JR Gifu and Meitetsu Gifu Stations to the event venue (210 yen, 20 min)

※72nd National Fireworks Display: Oda Nobunaga’s Gifu Conquest 450th Year Memorial Celibration※
This firework display, put on by Gifu Shimbun, is known for its extra-wide field of coloful fireworks.
【Date】 Saturday, August 5th
【Time】7:30pm ~ 8:45pm
【Location】On the banks of the Nagara River inbetween the Kinka and Nagara Bridge
【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 19th, and the Gifu Shimbun Saturday August 26th.
【Events Have Ended】 Gifu City Firework Displays

【Events Have Ended】 Special Ji-kabuki Performances in Magome-juku

June 15 , 2017
What better place to watch “ji-kabuki” than Magome-juku?

For those who haven’t heard of “ji-kabuki,” it is a tradition that started in the Edo period(1603-1883) when local commoners enjoyed “kabuki” theater performances so much that they started performing it on their own (hence the term “ji-kabuki,” or local “kabuki” in English).
So why not take an evening and enjoy the Edo-period tradition in the Edo-period atmosphere of Magome-juku?

【Dates】 Fridays 6/9, 6/23, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11
【Time】 8:00pm (duration is around 45 min)
【Fee】 Free (tipping in the form of “ohineri” is welcome)
【Venue】 Magome Shukaijo Gathering Place (next to the Tourist Information Center)
【Directions】 From Nakatsugawa Station > Take the Kita Ena Bus on the Magome Line (25min, 540 yen) > Get off at the “Magome” bus stop
【Notes】 For those who are going by public transportation please note that the last bus from Nakatsugawa Station leaves at 6:30pm, and that the last bus from Magome-juku leaves at 6:57pm so you need to either have lodging reserved or take the taxi back (2,900 yen ~ 3,500 yen)
【Events Have Ended】 Special Ji-kabuki Performances in Magome-juku

Go Gifu Summer Event Newsletter Release

June 13 , 2017
If you are looking for some summer events then look no further!
Go Gifu has got you covered with information on some of Gifu’s hottest summer events.

To see the newsletter, please go to our official wordpress blog.
To keep up on other events and festivals during the summer that aren’t mentioned in the newsletter please like our Go Gifu Facebook page.
Go Gifu Summer Event Newsletter Release

【Event Has Ended】 Spring Rose Festival in Kani City

May 18 , 2017
If you are a fan of roses then this is a festival that you don’t want to miss!
At the Flower Festival Commemorative Park there are over 7,000 varieties of roses from all over the world (the garden has other types of flowers as well).
Just one step into this paradise of roses, and you will instantly be surrounded by the aroma and beauty of the blooming flowers.

【Event】 Spring Rose Festival
【Venue】 The Flower Festival Commemorative Park
【Date】 May 13th ~ June 18th
【Business Hours】 Weekdays: 9:00am-5:00pm, Weekends: 8:00am-6:00pm (Park entry is allowed up until 30 min. before park closing)
【Admission Fee】 Spring and Fall Festival periods: 1000 yen, Rest of year: 520 yen
【Address】 1584-1 Seta, Kani-shi, Gifu 509-0213, JAPAN
【Email】  rose_park@hanafes.jp
【Directions】 Bus or Taxi from JR Kani Station (17min). During the festival period on weekdays there is a free festival shuttle bus and the Satsuki Bus (Kani City community bus Higashi-bu Line, 200 yen) running hourly between Kani Station and the Flower Festival Commemorative Park. During weekends you can take either the Satsuki Bus (Saturday only), or the Tohtetsu Bus (320 yen).
【Event Has Ended】 Spring Rose Festival in Kani City