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Public Transportation to Gujo and the Hida Region in Gifu (As of 9:00 am on July 17, 2018)

Heavy rainfall that occurred in Gifu from July 6~8 has impacted travel to Gujo and the Hida region in the form of road closures and railway service suspensions.

While railway services to Gujo and the Hida region remain suspended or limited, please note that the following highway buses are available to use: Nohi Bus, Meitetsu Bus, and Gifu Bus. All sightseeing destinations within Gifu, except for a very small portion, are open for business and running as they would normally.

Gifu Prefecture is excitedly awaiting your visit!

〇For those staying in Gero
Gero Onsen Ryokan Cooperative is providing a temporary shuttle bus from JR Nakatsugawa to JR Gero Station (service available July 14 ~ August 10) for ¥2,000 one-way or ¥4,000 round-trip. There are two round-trip services a day and it is only available for those staying in Gero; please contact your hotel or Japanese inn to reserve yourself a seat.
For more info (Jpn): https://www.gero-spa.com/topic/topics_detail.php?topics_id=769

〇JR Central (Takayama Line)
【To Takayama・Shirakawa-go・Hida Furukawa・Gero Hot Springs】
Railway services from Hida-Kanayama to Gero Station and Sakakami to Inotani Station are suspended; however, there are temporary shuttle buses provided by JR Central that are covering these sections (please see pdf for timetable).
JR Central Web: http://traininfo.jr-central.co.jp/en/

〇Nagaragawa Railway
【To Gujo-Hachiman】
Services are suspended from Mino-shi Station to Gujo-Hachiman Station (there is a temporary shuttle bus running in place of suspended trains).
Shuttle Bus Schedule (Jpn):
http://www.nagatetsu.co.jp/guide/20180717~BusAgency.html
Public Transportation to Gujo and the Hida Region in Gifu (As of 9:00 am on July 17, 2018)

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

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