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Gifu's Three UNESCO Festivals

Gifu prefecture has the privilege of having three traditional festivals being registered to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list for Japan. These festivals, along with 28 others, were officially added to the list at the beginning of December. For more information about the festivals please see the link below. (Photo provided by Meryl Jordan)
Gifu's Three UNESCO Festivals

Free Local Ji-kabuki Performances

January 19 , 2017
If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy ji-kabuki (local kabuki) yet, then there will be some free performances coming up that you won’t want to miss. Ji-kabuki is different from normal kabuki because it has much closer ties to the local community by using actors and stories from the surrounding area. At these showings there will also be the opportunity to take pictures with the kabuki actors themselves.
While the admission itself is free for these performances, you can enjoy some food and drink for an added cost. For more information and the English event pamphlets please see the link at the bottom.

・Ena City・
Chinese New Year Ji-kabuki Performances at Enakyo
+Dates: January 27th and February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (All dates are Fridays)
+Time: 8:30pm
+Place: Enakyo Grand Hotel
+Access: Free shuttle bus from JR Ena Station (Reservation not required)

・Gero City・
Special Ji-kabuki Performance at Houou-za
+Dates: January 27th(Fri), 28th(Sat), 29th(Sun)
+Time: 8:30pm
+Place: Houou-za
+Access: Free shuttle bus from JR Gero Station (Call to reserve: 0576-25-3014 (Gero Nohi Bus))

Special Ji-kabuki Performance at Gero Onsen
+Dates: February 3rd(Fri), 4th(Sat), 5th(Sun)
+Time: 9:00pm
+Place: Suimeikan
+Access: 3min walk from JR Gero Station

・Takayama City・
Ji-kabuki and Sake Night in Hida-Takayama
+Dates: February 18th(Sat), 19th(Sun), 25th(Sat), 26th(Sun), and
March 11th(Sat), 12th(Sun), 18th(Sat), 19th(Sun)
+Time: 9:00pm
+Place: Takayama Green Hotel
+Access: Free shuttle bus from JR Takayama Station (Reservation not required)

Free Local Ji-kabuki Performances

[Event Has Ended] First Katana Forging of the Year in Seki!

December 22 , 2016
On January 2nd, 2017 there will be a katana forging performance at the Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum in Seki City. From 10:00am-11:30am you can see master blacksmiths garbed in white clothing, forge the first katana of the year. During this ritual you will see the blacksmiths’ skill and dexterity as they shape the sword with their hammers, sending sparks flying all around them. The purpose of this ceremony is to pray for a safe and prosperous year for the blacksmiths in Seki City.

If you miss this event then they still have live demonstrations on the first Sunday of each month (excluding January and October) at 10:00am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.
***times and dates subject to change
[Event Has Ended] First Katana Forging of the Year in Seki!

The Library of the Future

December 20 , 2016
Gifu Media Cosmos, which opened last year in Gifu City, is not your everyday library. It is a whole new take on the concept of community and learning in a beautifully-crafted facility designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. For more information see our blog article about it (located in the link down below).
On a side note, going on now until January 29th, 2017 from 5:00pm-10:00pm just outside the facility is a special illumination event with 130,000 holiday lights.
The Library of the Future

Nohi Bus 2017 Shirakawa-go Illumination Tour

December 12 , 2016
Every year Shirakawa-go holds a limited-time winter illumination event, which is a good opportunity for those wishing to see a beautiful snow-covered Shirakawa-go. The gassho-style houses are lit up at night with warm yellow lights, resulting in a very picturesque atmosphere. This scene only happens once a year, making it a very rare and worthwhile event.

For those wishing to participate, Nohi Bus has just release information regarding their 2017 Shirakawa-go Illumination Bus Tour. Service hours and application information are very specific so please be sure to read it thoroughly.
Nohi Bus 2017 Shirakawa-go Illumination Tour

2016 Winter Newsletter Release

December 1 , 2016
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

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

[Event Has Ended]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/
[Event Has Ended]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!