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2016 Winter Newsletter Release

We are proud to announce the release of the 32nd "Gifu Crossroads: Gifu Prefecture Event and Tourism Newsletter," featured in it are some seasonal events and festivals that only occur during the winter here in Gifu Prefecture. To read the newsletter please click the link below.
2016 Winter Newsletter Release

Firework Shows in Gero Starting this December

November 25 , 2016
Starting in December is Gero’s annual “Fireworks Musical Winter Performance.” During these dazzling 15-minute firework shows, watch 7,000-11,000 fireworks launched in time to accompanying music. On December 24th there will be a special Christmas performance with an extended show. Afterwards, enjoy some winter illuminations being held around Ohashi Bridge.

Dates: Each Saturday in December (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th)
Time: 8:00pm-8:15pm(8:00pm-8:30pm on the 24th)
Location: Along the Hida River near the Gero Ohashi Bridge (3-minute walk from Gero Station)

***Gero Onsen Fireworks Story
Starting next year on January 7th, enjoy 10-minute firework shows with different themes each show.
Dates: January 7th-March 25th (Every Saturday)
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Same as the “Fireworks Musical Winter Performance”

Sorry for the inconvenience, but the event pamphlet is only available in Japanese.
Firework Shows in Gero Starting this December

Three Soon to be UNESCO Festivals

November 8 , 2016
Gifu prefecture has the privilege of having three traditional festivals being recommended by a UNESCO panel to be added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list for Japan. These festivals, along with 33 others, are anticipated to be officially added next month. For more information about the festivals please see the link below.
Three Soon to be UNESCO Festivals

Fall Colors in Gifu

October 26 , 2016
If you are visiting Gifu this fall and want to see the changing colors, but don't know where to go, then this article is for you. It was written by the Official Tourism Blog of Gifu prefecture, Gifu Crossroads, and includes some popular spots to see autumn colors.
Fall Colors in Gifu

Ji-kabuki performances throughout Gifu Prefecture

July 7 , 2016
We've got some good news for anyone interested in enjoying some of Gifu's traditional ji-kabuki theater - there will be several performances conducted in Nakatsugawa's Magome-juku Post Town over the next couple of months! The first few dates are July 23rd (Sat), 27th (Wed), and 30th (Sat), with performances continuing all the way through August, and then again in October. For more information, take a look at the page on ji-kabuki's official website below. Performances in Gero, Mizunami, and Takayama will be starting in October as well.

Magome Ji-kabuki: http://www.jikabuki.net/スペシャルプログラム-特別公演-jikabuki-special-programs/特別公演-中山道馬籠宿-中津川市-1/
Gero Ji-kabuki: http://www.jikabuki.net/スペシャルプログラム-特別公演-jikabuki-special-programs/特別公演-鳳凰座-下呂市/
Mizunami Ji-kabuki: http://www.jikabuki.net/スペシャルプログラム-特別公演-jikabuki-special-programs/特別公演-中山道馬籠宿-中津川市/
Takayama Ji-kabuki: http://www.jikabuki.net/スペシャルプログラム-特別公演-jikabuki-special-programs/特別公演-相生座-瑞浪市/
Ji-kabuki performances throughout Gifu Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture introduces its Gourmet Guide for the Muslim Traveler!

April 14 , 2016
Gifu Prefecture is always looking for ways to foster a tourism environment that's accommodating for as many people as possible. As part of this initiative, we recently created a guidebook that we think Muslim travelers will find useful when looking for restaurants and hotels that meet their needs. To take a look and start planning your dream Gifu vacation, take a look at the full guide by clicking on the link below.
Gifu Prefecture introduces its Gourmet Guide for the Muslim Traveler!

Gifu Welcomes Spring with a New Edition of its Tourism and Event Newsletter!

March 1 , 2016
Spring is always a strong season for festivals in Japan, and Gifu is home one of the most famous in the country. Cherry blossoms are obviously beautiful across the entire nation, but Gifu is a huge place with tons of forests and stunning foliage, making it a great spot to kick back and enjoy the scenery. Check out our newsletter for a brief overview of what Gifu has to offer over the next few months - we think you'll be glad you did.
Gifu Welcomes Spring with a New Edition of its Tourism and Event Newsletter!

Collaborative promotion between Gifu and the BBC!

February 25 , 2016
Collaborating with the BBC, Gifu has a new flyer that we'll be using to promote Gifu Prefecture. It doesn't go into official circulation until March 1st, but we were able to get an advance copy, so take a look! Also, if you take a look at the BBC website sometime after March 1st, you may be able to get a look at some Gifu banners on their page.
Collaborative promotion between Gifu and the BBC!

See the year off with the 2015 winter edition of the Gifu Crossroads Tourism and Event Newsletter

December 10 , 2015
It’s been a long year, but we’ve finally arrived at the end of 2015. Winter is always a particularly magical time in Gifu Prefecture, as the areas in the northern region of Hida see heavy precipitation that leaves its mountainous villages buried under deep snow. Whether it’s the quiet, snow-swept roads in the old town of Takayama or the large piles of snow atop the thatched-roof houses of Shirakawa-go, the unique wintertime scenery of Gifu Prefecture can be enjoyed nowhere else!

For a peek at what this coming winter season has in store for those of us lucky enough to be in Gifu Prefecture, take a look at our latest newsletter!
See the year off with the 2015 winter edition of the Gifu Crossroads Tourism and Event Newsletter

Explore more of Central Japan than ever before using the improved Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket!

September 14 , 2015
Meitetsu has expanded their Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket so that it can take visitors even deeper into the Central Japan area than was previously possible. Starting October 1st, 3-day tickets will grant the holder access to buses from Central Japan International Airport or Komatsu Airport all the way to Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and now Toyama! The 5-day "wide" pass will let you go even further, with buses running all the way out to Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture (see Meitetsu's official webpage for more details)!

If you're planning a trip in Central Japan and are going to be using public transportation to find your way around, the Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket is a great way to save yourself some money.
Explore more of Central Japan than ever before using the improved Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket!

Prepare for the coming cold with a cup of hot tea and the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newslett…

September 1 , 2015
After an unfortunate hiatus, the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter has returned! Focusing this time on the upcoming autumn season, we have included a bevy of events to be enjoyed in Gifu Prefecture! October is a high season for festivals in Japan, and Gifu is no different–just with a more distinct emphasis on celebrating historical events. Take a look inside, and see if there’s anything that catches your eye.
Prepare for the coming cold with a cup of hot tea and the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter: 2015 Autumn edition!

Discover a new side of Japan with smartbox!

November 6 , 2014
Gifu Prefecture has partnered with smartbox in order to give those considering a trip to Japan a chance to explore an as of yet undiscovered side of the country! After purchasing an e-catalog that features 15 select activities that can be experienced in Gifu Prefecture from smartbox's website, you can select whatever interests you most (examples include everything from making food replicas or sarubobo dolls to traditional Japanese cooking classes), make your reservation by either telephone or e-mail, take your activity voucher with on your trip to Japan and enjoy the experience you selected at no additional cost!

The smartbox experience is currently only available in French. For more information, please refer to the link below.
Discover a new side of Japan with smartbox!

Facilities in Gifu that welcome Muslim visitors

October 9 , 2014
In order to create an environment in which Muslim tourists can better enjoy their travels, an investigation was conducted here in Gifu Prefecture to discover how prepared different tourism facilities (hotels, restaurants, etc.) in the prefecture are to provide proper halal services vis-à-vis meals or prayer.

Following the completion of the investigation, we created a file that details different facilities within the prefecture that are proactively preparing to welcome Muslim visitors in various ways. That file can be accessed from the link below, so please use it as reference when planning your trip. The information listed in the PDF below represents the most recent data as of July, 2014.
Facilities in Gifu that welcome Muslim visitors

Cool off with the Gifu Prefecture Event and Tourism Newsletter: Autumn 2014 edition

October 1 , 2014
Things have started to cool off here in Gifu Prefecture and it seems like it won't be long before we'll be enjoying another season of beautiful fall colors.

Autumn is always an exciting time with interesting festivals being conducted all across the country, and Gifu Prefecture has more than enough to entertain any visitor! Whether you’re interested in festivals, history, traditional arts or genuine samurai swords, this particularly busy season has an experience tailor-made just for you!
Cool off with the Gifu Prefecture Event and Tourism Newsletter: Autumn 2014 edition

Notification concerning the eruption of Mt. Ontake

September 30 , 2014
Due to the eruption of Mt. Ontake on September 27th (Saturday), 2014, climbing up the mountain is currently not possible.

However, the tourist destinations within Takayama City, Gero City, the Okuhida Hot Spring Villages and other such areas are operating as usual and are open to visitors.

(The photo on the right was taken within Gero City limits on the 29th, two days after the eruption [photo courtesy of the Suimeikan Hotel])
Notification concerning the eruption of Mt. Ontake

Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter: 2014 Summer edition has landed!

July 8 , 2014
I hope everyone managed to see their fill of cherry blossoms and spent enough time actually being comfortable outside, because we’ve officially moved into summer and the heat has cranked itself up a couple of notches. Summer is luckily always an exciting time in Gifu Prefecture, as there are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained. Whether it’s seeing the tradition of cormorant fishing on the Nagara River in Gifu City or participating in the Gujo Odori Dance, I hope there will be something that piques your interest!
Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter: 2014 Summer edition has landed!

The Spring 2014 edition of the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter has sprung!

March 24 , 2014
For the latest information about what kinds of exciting activities and events there are to be enjoyed in Gifu Prefecture during the coming spring months, look no further! Spring is the season of cherry blossoms and festivals, and if you're looking to enjoy the best of both there is no better place to be than Gifu! For the visitor looking to get a little bit more in touch with nature while exploring their active side, we have included information about differents kinds of activities that can be enjoyed in a couple of Gifu's more rural areas as well! We hope to see you soon!
The Spring 2014 edition of the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter has sprung!

Winter 2013 edition of the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter has arrived!

December 20 , 2013
The days keep getting colder, but that doesn't mean the fun has stopped here in Gifu Prefecture! Home to several beautiful locales deep in the Japanese alps, meaning many beautiful snowscapes can be enjoyed during the winter months. Between all the excitement of playing in the snow and celebrating the New Year's holidays, there's more than enough to keep you occupied as we move into the beginning of 2014. We have everything from traditional festivals to fireworks and beautiful illumination, so winter is as good a season as any to come visit Gifu!
Winter 2013 edition of the Gifu Prefecture Tourism and Event Newsletter has arrived!

SPECIAL EDITION of the Gifu Crossroads Newsletter: Sakura Update 2013!!

April 2 , 2013
Sakura (cherry blossoms) have arrived in Gifu Prefecture in full force! Read this extra edition of our Tourism and Event Newsletter to find out where and when to go to see a selection of the best that Gifu has to offer in terms of Japan's most famous flower!! In the most northern, mountainous areas, you can enjoy "hanami" (sakura-viewing) as late as early May, so there is still plenty of time to take part in this wonderful Japanese tradition!
SPECIAL EDITION of the Gifu Crossroads Newsletter: Sakura Update 2013!!

Taking the "G-PASS" to the next level: Introducing the CEP 2013!

February 19 , 2013
The Central Nippon Expressway Pass 2013, developed by Gifu Prefecture and NEXCO Central, is the evolution of the "G-PASS" that makes driving in central Japan affordable and easy! This new version of the fixed price plan covers all of NEXCO Central's expressways, reaching as far as Tokyo for the first time! When you rent a car from Toyota or Mazda, choose the number of days (anywhere from 2 to 14) you want to use the CEP, pay the set price, and enjoy driving on the NEXCO's highways without having to pay at the tolls! With the drastically expanded area the pass covers, you can enjoy central Japan and beyond at ease!!