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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
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.

※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:
※Seki City Tourism Assoc. Web:
【Event Has Ended】 50th Annual Seki City Cutlery Festival

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?】
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

【Event Has Ended】UNESCO Ogaki Festival

April 29 , 2017
Thought of as one of the "representative festivals of all the Mino region,” the Ogaki Festival is only a few weeks away. This 360-year-old festival was just registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage late last year, so you can be sure that the residents in Ogaki City are excited to show it off!
With around 600 festival stalls setup every year and 13 traditional Japanese festival floats, it is sure to be an exciting event!

【2017 Dates】 May 13th and 14th

For more information:
【Event Has Ended】UNESCO Ogaki Festival

Gifu Castle Panoramic Night Viewing

April 28 , 2017
If you are looking for the best night view in Gifu then this is for you!

For limited periods of time during golden week, summer vacation, and the fall traveling season you can see the dazzling night view of Gifu City from the top of Gifu Castle. Just take the Mt. Kinka Ropeway cablecar up to the 329-meter peak of Mt. Kinka, and enjoy the sparkling lights of Gifu City spread out down below you. In adition to the extended hours, admission for Gifu Castle and the roundtrip fare for the Mt. Kinka Ropeway cablecar will be offered at discounted rates from 6:00pm, so there’s no reason not to go!

【Dates】 Spring: April 29th~May 7th, Summer: July 15th~August 31st, Fall: September 2nd~October 15th
【Hours】 Spring and Fall (6:00pm~9:30pm***); Summer (6:00pm~10:00pm***)
【Rates】 Roundtrip Mt. Kinka Ropeway: 900 yen (Children:450 yen), Gifu Castle: 200 yen (Children: 100 yen)
【Notes】 In the case of bad weather, event may be cancelled
***Ropeway runs until 10:00pm in the Spring/Fall, and 10:30pm in the summer

More info on Gifu Castle:
Gifu Castle Panoramic Night Viewing

2017 Ukai Cormorant Fishing Reservations

April 19 , 2017
Make your reservation now to see Ukai Cormorant Fishing this summer!
This year the ukai fishing season is from May 11th to October 15th, and performances are held on a daily basis.
Gifu City has developed a brand-new website, specifically for cormorant fishing reservations, that is available in five languages: Japanese, English,Chinese(simplified and traditional), and Korean.

For those who don’t know, cormorant fishing is a 1,300 year old fishing method that takes place at night and uses cormorant birds to catch ayu sweetfish.
For more information: http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/18/
2017 Ukai Cormorant Fishing Reservations

【Event Has Ended】 First Time in 55 Years: Special Takayama Festival Float Exhibition

April 10 , 2017
In order to celebrate the parade of Takayama Festival Floats being registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, Takayama City is throwing a special exhibition where all 23 traditional floats from both the spring and fall festivals will be on display to the public. You will not want to miss this event because it will be the first time in 55 years for all of the floats to be displayed at the same time.

【Karakuri Marionette Performances】
There are a total of 4 floats with beautifully-crafted marionettes that will perform one at a time during each live performance. Before each ”karakuri” marionette performance there will be 20-minute shows featuring the traditional Toukeiraku and Lion dances by troupes from the Hie and Hachiman Shrines. Both of the events will take place at the same venue.

※Parade Floats: various streets in the Takayama City Old Quarter
※Karakuri Marionette Performances: in front of Nakabashi Park

【Saturday, April 29th】
※Takayama Festival Float Display 9:00am~4:00pm
※Traditional Dances 9:20am~9:40am(Hie) and 1:00pm~1:20pm(Hachiman)
※Karakuri Marionette Performances 10:00am~12:00pm and 1:30pm~3:30pm
※Takayama Festival Float Evening Display 6:00pm~9:00pm

【Sunday, April 30th】
※Takayama Festival Float Display 9:00am~4:00pm
※Traditional Dances 9:00am~9:20am(Hachiman) and 1:00pm~1:20pm(Hie)
※Karakuri Marionette Live-Performances 10:00am~12:00pm and 1:30pm~3:30pm

【Website (Jpn)】

***In the case of rain events will be postponed or cancelled; however, you will still be able to see the floats in their respective storage houses
【Event Has Ended】 First Time in 55 Years: Special Takayama Festival Float Exhibition

【Event Has Ended】 Takayama Spring Festival and Hida Furukawa Festival

April 7 , 2017
The Takayama Spring Festival and Hida Furukawa Festival are just around the corner!
Both of these festivals were just registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage late last year, so the hosting cities are especially fired-up for them this year. In addition to their annual spring festival, Takayama City is also putting on a special float expedition where you can see all 23 festival floats gathered together in one place!
See the links below for more information:

※Takayama Spring Festival
April 14th and 15th (Fri and Sat)

※The Special Exhibition of Takayama Festival Floats
April 29th and 30th (Sat and Sun)
***more information to come at a later date

※Hida Furukawa Festival
April 19th and 20th (Wed and Thurs)
***pictured on the right
【Event Has Ended】 Takayama Spring Festival and Hida Furukawa Festival

【Event Has Ended】 One-Day Gifu Bus Pass Only 500 Yen

April 4 , 2017
For a limited time Gifu Bus is offering single-day bus passes, usable on weekends and holidays, for only 500 yen. With one of these passes you are entitled to unlimited rides on selected bus lines for a whole day!
This discount campaign is aiming to help you get out and enjoy the spring weather and festivities that are happening around Gifu City. There are a couple bus companies other than Gifu Bus that are included in this package so make sure and check out the section below to see which lines you can use.

【Sale Period】 March 11th(Sat) ~ May 21st(Sun) 2017

【Dates Valid】 Weekends and Holidays during the above period

【Sale Locations】 Gifu Bus Terminal, JR Gifu Station Tourist Information Center, Gifu Bus Business Locations, Gifu Bus Travel Centers, Gifu University Student Co-op, etc.

【Covered Bus Lines】 All Gifu Bus Lines (excluding Highway buses***), Yamagata City Her Bus, Gifu Itadori Line, Gihoku Line, Seki City Bus (exluding the demand bus), Seki Kaminoho Line, Seki Itadori Line, Makitani Line, Kakamigahara City Fureai Bus

***This pass does not cover the Gifu Highway Bus Lines (the Shinjuku Line, Hachiman Line, Takayama Line, etc.), or local independent buses (Gifu City Community Bus, Mizuho Bus, etc.)
【Event Has Ended】 One-Day Gifu Bus Pass Only 500 Yen

"Gifu Crossroads" Rebranding

March 28 , 2017
Starting next April (the new fiscal year in Japan), we have decided to change the name of the Prefectural Facebook page and Wordpress blog name from “Gifu Crossroads” to “Go Gifu.”
This will just be an external change; we will still be continuing to write about news and current events taking place in Gifu prefecture.
We think that in the long run, the name Go Gifu will better serve our goals of promoting tourism in Gifu.
Here is the single color logo, let us know what you think!

【Event Has Ended】 See Over 330,000 Tulips at Tulip Festival in Kaizu

March 23 , 2017
At this Tulip Festival there will be over 330,000 tulips (110 different varieties) that brightly color the Kiso Sansen Park.
In the popular “Miffy Flower Bed,” there are about 65,000 tulips and muscari of varying colors that are used to create a colorful picture of Miffy, a cute bunny from a series of Dutch picture books.
There are also cherry blossom trees planted in some of the flower beds, so if the tulips bloom early enough you will get the rare opportunity to enjoy both tulips and cherry blossoms at the same time!
Click the link below to see the Japanese event flyer.

【Date】 Monday, March 27th ~ Sunday, April 16th
【Time】 Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sat-Sun: 8:00am-6:00pm
【Venue】 Kiso Sansen Park
1.) Community Bus(every day during the festival):
Yoro Railway Ishizu Station > Kaizu-shi Community Bus(Adults 200円, Kids 100円) > Get off at “Kiso Sansen Koen” Bus Stop
Departure Times- Ishizu Station(for Kiso Sansen Koen): 10:11am, 12:40pm
Kiso Sansen Koen(for Ishizu Station): 11:43am, 2:02pm, 3:56pm

2.) Free Shuttle Bus(Festival Weekends Only: April 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th):
JR Kuwana Station (Mie Prefecture) > Kiso Sansen Koen
Departure Times- Kuwana Station(for Kiso Sansen Park): Every 40min starting at 9:00am, last shuttle at 4:20pm
Kiso Sansen Park(for Kuwana Station): Every 40min starting at 9:35am, last shuttle at 5:35pm
***depending on traffic conditions there is the possibility of late departures
【Event Has Ended】 See Over 330,000 Tulips at Tulip Festival in Kaizu

【Event Has Ended】 Dōsan Festival and Gifu Festival in Gifu City

March 21 , 2017
The Dōsan Festival celebrates Saitō Dōsan, a fierce samurai from the Sengoku period (also known as the warring states period), who`s rule created a healthy environment in Gifu (known as Inokuchi at the time) that allowed trade and commerce to flourish. Throughout the festival you can enjoy parades, marching bands, flea markets, and much more in the downtown area of Gifu City.

Also celebrated on Saturday evening is the Gifu Festival of Inaba Shrine, where you can see a procession of festival floats decorated with paper lanterns that light up the night.

【Date】April 1st and 2nd (Sat and Sun)***
***downtown parade and festival float procession are on Saturday only
【Venue】Downtown Gifu City and Inaba Shrine
【Directions】Inaba Shrine: Gifu/Meitetsu Station [Gifu Bus・10min・210 yen] >>> Get off at “Inaba Dōri” Bus Stop
【Event Has Ended】 Dōsan Festival and Gifu Festival in Gifu City