2017 Ukai Cormorant Fishing Reservations

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

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.

【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)】
http://kankou.city.takayama.lg.jp/2000006/2000014/2001327.html

***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
First Time in 55 Years: Special Takayama Festival Float Exhibition

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)
http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/8/

※The Special Exhibition of Takayama Festival Floats
April 29th and 30th (Sat and Sun)
http://www.hidatakayama.or.jp/admin/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/merged.pdf
***more information to come at a later date

※Hida Furukawa Festival
April 19th and 20th (Wed and Thurs)
http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/en/see-and-do/33/
***pictured on the right
Takayama Spring Festival and Hida Furukawa Festival

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.)
One-Day Gifu Bus Pass Only 500 Yen