Festivals and Folklore Where All Roads Cross In Japan
An exquisite, ancient domain in the middle of Japan, Gifu Prefecture, with its bounty of mountain villages, traditional thatched farmhouses and onsen, also offers unrivaled festivals and delectable eats.
Take a step back in time with a saunter through the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. This World Heritage Site is a delightful anthology of mountainous villages made famous for their quint, thatched-roofed farmhouses, while Takayama’s old town not only sees tradition frozen in time, but its spring and autumn festivals are considered to be among Japan’s best. High in the Alps in lesser known Okuhida, are an abundance of outdoor onsen to sooth and relax, before scoffing your face with a steaming bowl of Takayama ramen or some the region’s famous Hida beef. Just watch out for the “Satori” — little supernatural monsters that run around these parts reading minds. Which is odd…
Places to visit in Gifu
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Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its villages with traditional Gassho-zukuri houses. These are large wooden houses built with thatched roofs, which are made especially to withstand the weight of the large amounts of snow that fall here
Hida Folk Village
Hida Folk Village (also known as Hida no Sato) is an open air museum in the Takayama area of Gifu prefecture. It is filled with preserved traditional gassho-style houses, which are known for their steep thatched roofs.
Magome is an old post town in Gifu prefecture, and is considered part of the Kiso District which stretches across the border into Nagano prefecture.
Gero Onsen Hot Spring
This hot spring town is considered one of the top three in all of Japan, alongside Kusatsu in Gunma prefecture and Arima in Hyogo prefecture. It has been well known for its high-quality water since the Edo period (ca. 1600-1868). Even the Confucian scholar Hay
Iwamura Castle Remains
Iwamura Castle was the Iwamura Clan's center of power during the Edo period. The castle is also called Kirigajo Castle (Fog Castle) due to the considerable amount of fog appearing in the area.
Gujo Hachiman Castle
This castle was built by warlord Morikazu Endo during the Sengoku period in the year 1559 and is said to be the most beautiful mountain castle in Japan. After a fire, the main tower was recreated in 1933, making it the oldest wooden reconstruction of any build
Hida Takayama, located in Gifu prefecture, is renowned for its traditional wooden buildings and temples. Red lacquered bridges cross the Miyagawa River that flows through this small town, offering a magnificent view of the mountains of Hida in the distance.
Breathing a traditional Japanese atmosphere, Onyado Hisui features natural hot spring baths, traditional dining and Japanese-style rooms. It houses a souvenir shop and drink vending machines on site.
Gifu Miyako Hotel
Situated along the Nagarawa River and a 10-minute drive from Gifu Station, JR Gifu Miyako Hotel is a 4-star hotel featuring an indoor pool and a sauna. It boasts 5 restaurants, a lobby lounge and a bar with a panoramic view of the
Located in the Okuhida Fukuji hot-spring area, Furusato offers accommodations with tatami (woven-straw) floors. Guests can enjoy the public indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths or reserve a hot-spring bath for private-use.
K's VIlla Hida-an
Located only a 3-minute walk from JR Takayama Station, K's VIlla Hida-an features a kitchen equipped with an oven. Towels and bed linen are provided in this self-catering accommodation. Free WiFi is provided throughout the propert
Hida Takayama Guesthouse Gekka
Centrally located 800 metres and a 10-minute walk away from JR Hidatakayama Station West Exit, Hida Takayama Guesthouse Gekka features affordable accommodation and free WiFi. The lounge offers a free-use PC and complimentary Japan
Nestled in the tranquil Hida Mountains, Miyama Ouan offers traditional accommodation featuring hot spring baths and nature views. All guest rooms are fitted with wooden furnishings, providing a perfect haven for relaxation.
Just a 5-minute walk from JR Takayama Train Station, Minshuku Kuwataniya offers cosy Western- and Japanese-style rooms with a flat-screen TV. It features Japanese-style hot-spring baths and free bicycle rental.
Takayama Matsuri - one of Japan's best Festivals! Check it out all year long!
Takayama - Source: insidekyoto.comTakayama is a city in the Gifu prefecture, located about 4,5 hours from Tokyo and can be done for free when using the Japan Rail Pass. The city is celebrated for its traditional preserved city center and is gaining popularity