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.
Hotel Fine Garden Gifu (Adult Only)
Designed for adults only, Hotel Fine Garden Gifu is located a 10-minute walk away from Shinkano Train Station and a 6-minute taxi ride from JR Naka Train Station. This love hotel is an adults-only accommodation offering free WiFi
A 5-minute walk from JR Takayama Train Station, Hotel Acty features a rooftop hot-spring bath with panoramic views. The spacious Western-style rooms have an LCD TV, free wired internet and a private bathroom.
Featuring traditional Japanese architecture, Ryokan Murayama offers a hot spring bath, free WiFi and free parking. JR Takayama Station and the Shirakawago Bus Terminal are situated next to each other, just 2 km from the property.
Hotel Route-Inn Ogaki Inter
Guests at Hotel Route-Inn Ogaki can enjoy watching on-demand movies on the flat-screen TV in their rooms. Free wired internet is available in all rooms and guests can enjoy a free breakfast buffet. JR Ogaki Train Station is a 10-m
Opened in August 2016, SORA-AMA HOSTEL is situated in central Takayama, a 3-minute walk away from Takayama Station. A bus terminal with buses bound for Shirakawa Village is a 3-minute walk away, while Takayama Old Town is a 5-minu
Hotel Route-Inn Kakamigahara
A 3-minute taxi ride from both JR Sohara Station (Takayama Line) and Rokken Station (Meitetsu Kagamigahara Line), Hotel Route-Inn Kagamigahara provides comfortable accommodation with free wired internet and a free buffet breakfast
Located just a 1-minute walk from popular Miyagawa Morning Market in the heart of Takayama, Sumiyoshi Ryokan offers homely Japanese-style accommodation in the historic townhouse building. Free WiFi is available at the lobby and gu
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