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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/
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

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/
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

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
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

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