Experience the history and culture of Gifu Prefecture on this 3-day tour. Remnants of a past Japan–the Nakasendo once prospered as a key roadway. Takayama, whose lands and industries were under the direct control of the past Edo Bakufu government, and the gassho-zukuri houses of Shirakawa-go in which villagers still reside in with the communal philosophy of mutual supportthese things remain unaltered in our busy world of today. In Gifu you will find that the knowledge and aspirations of our ancestors remain alive within our day-to-day life.

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Sake Brewery Tour in Hida
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Walking in Historic District
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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Morning Markets
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Shirakawa-go
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Jiba Studio Gallery
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Walking in the Old Streets of Gujo Hachiman
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Watanabe Indigo Dyehouse
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Gujo Dance
Day1

Sake Brewery Tour in Hida

Visit a 300-year-old sake brewery, Tenryo Sake Brewery. A guide will meet you at the station and take you to the brewery so you won’t have to worry about getting lost. An authentic sake brewer will show you the step-by-step process of making sake. Learn all about the brewing-and-fermenting process and enjoy tasting different sakes, all included in the tour (Trip Advisor).

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Sake Brewery Tour in Hida

Hida-Hagiwara – Takayama

50 minutes by JR Takayama Line

Walking in Historic District

The Takayama Historic District retains most of its original buildings and traditional architecture to this day. The three streets, collectively known as Sanmachi-dori Streets, house the charming and historic center of old Takayama. Distinguishable by the distinctive, old architecture and shops, the district is home to crafts and sake breweries, as well as food stalls selling local specialties such as mitarashi dango and Hida beef skewers.

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Walking in Historic District

Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

At the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine, the actual Takayama Festival floats (four out of eleven floats are rotated every four months) are kept on display year round. Even if you miss the festival, you can visit the exhibition hall and get a taste of what the atmosphere would be like. The spring festival (April 14,15) is dedicated to the Hie Shrine, while autumn’s festival (October 9,10) is consecrated to the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine.

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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

Stay in Takayama

Day2

Morning Markets

Enjoy a calm morning of shopping and interacting with locals at the Hida Takayama Morning Markets. Hundreds of years ago, these markts were conceived as places for locals to sell their wares. However, during the 19th century, local ladies rushed to sell their homegrown fruits and vegetables. This all led to the event being called the “morning market.” Find an array of products all for sale at this market where no two stalls are the same.

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Morning Markets

Takayama Nohi Bus Center – Shirakawa-go

50 minutes by Nohi Bus

Shirakawa-go (白川郷)

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go: a rustic, traditional village deep in the mountainside. Famous for its thatched “gassho-style” houses, the snow-capped roofs are a sight to behold in the winter. Shirakawa-go is also surrounded by vast rice fields, owned by residents who still farm for a living. A walk around the quaint village is sure to make visitors feel as if they’ve been transported back to the olden days. Discover what it’s like on the inside by visiting opened houses, or take a 15-minute hike up to the Shiroyama Viewpoint to enjoy a panoramic view from above.

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Shirakawa-go

Jiba Studio Gallery

Jiba Studio Gallery is a village-run facility that produces and sells specialty products from Shirakawa-go. The gallery manufactures and sells vegetable dyeing, vine work, straw work, and so much more. Ji-ba Studio Gallery exhibits and sells Shirakawa-go’s original products and folk crafts, which have been passed down through ancient techniques, such as living tools, equipment, and ornaments.

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Jiba Studio Gallery

Stay in Shirakawa-go area (reservation compulsory)

Day3

Shirakawa-go – Takayama Nohi Bus Center

50 minutes by Nohi Bus

Takayama Nohi Bus Center – Gujo Hachiman IC

60 minutes by Nohi Bus

Gujo Hachiman IC – Gujo Hachiman Castle Town Plaza

10 minutes by Gujo Taxi (on-demand)

Walking in the Old Streets of Gujo Hachiman

Situated near the beautiful Nagara River, a trip to the historic district of Gujo Hachiman makes for a beautiful day out. Take a walk around the samurai-style houses of Yanagimachi, along the ancient walkways of Shokunin-machi and Kajiya-machi, named for the local craftsmen and blacksmiths. Enjoy the stunning canals running past the old homes and experience an older way of life with clear water.

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Walking in the Old Streets of Gujo Hachiman

Watanabe Indigo Dyehouse(Duration: 2 hours)

Gujo Indigo Dyeing
Watanabe Indigo Dyehouse

Indigo dyeing goes back more than 400 years and the Watanabe Dyehouse, currently run by its 15th-generation master, upholds the practice with attention to details. The gorgeous Japan blue pigment is made from natural ingredients and now you can see for yourself the process and techniques used to bring this color to life. Why not try your hand at the Japanese art of ‘aizome’ indigo dyeing to color your very own scarf or shirt as a great souvenir of the area.

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Watanabe Indigo Dyehouse

Gujo Dance

Gujo Dance
Gujo Dance

Gujo is known for the Gujo Dance which represents the history and culture of Gujo Hachiman and everyone is welcomed to join in. If you missed the dance in summer, visit the Gujo Hachiman Museum, a modern-retro style building. You will be treated to an authentic live demonstration performance of the Gujo Dance in the museum. Exhibitions introducing history and culture of this area are also must-see for any visitor to the area.

Leave Gujo for Nagoya or Gifu by Gifu Bus

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