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Gifu | 5.5h
Enjoy the Tradition and History Created by Nature in Gifu!
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The must-see view and -experience culture around the Nagara river


On this tour, you can learn and enjoy the history, culture, and everything that around Nagara River in Gofu!
The town was grown with many traditional activites such as Minowashi paper craft, manufacturing skills, and fishing culture.
Especially, the method of fishing in the river "Ukai" has been a traditional performing art of Japan since 1300 years, and it tells you how to fish by cormonants. You will also visit a museum where you can learn about such cormorants.
Also, you can not miss the old samurai battle at Gifu Castle and the superb view of the Nagara River area overlooking Mount Kinka!
If you have a chance to visit Gifu city, this is the one you should try!!

Highlights


・ You can learn about Ukai (cormonant fishing), a traditional performing arts that has been around for 1,300 years.
・ A 360-degree view of the Nagara River and Gifu city can be seen from the castle at an altitude of 300 meters.
・ You can see a huge Buddha statue which using Mino Japanese paper of traditional crafts.
・ Visit a retro street lined with wooden buildings over 100 years old. 

Attractions


・Gifu Great Buddha (Shohoji Temple): One of the three major Buddha statues in Japan, with a distinctive expression that is both gentle and dignified. Its height is 13.7m and you will be overwhelmed! The point is that it is made with Mino Japanese paper, a traditional craft of Gifu.
・Mt. Kinka Ropeway: A ropeway that allows you to rush to the top of Mt. Kinka! From the top of the mountain, you can see the Nagara River and Gifu city! If the weather on the day is clear enough, you can see the city of Nagoya. You can see how stunned Gifu Castle was.
・Gifu Castle: It is one of the highest castles in Japan at an altitude of 329 meters. It is recommended to view from outside such as the magnificent castle tower, but you may also want to see inside! The tools used by samurai at that time are on display, and you can learn about the old war in Japan.
・Nagara River Host Spring Footbath: Nagara River used to be a place where people and cargo come and go, and there was a resting place for people traveling by boat here. Even today, there are hot springs that can heal the tiredness of modern travelers and are a place to relax. Soak your feet in a bath reminiscent of Gifu's famous cormorant boat, and heal yourself around the river and the greenery of the mountains.
・Nagara River Ukai Museum: Learn about the traditional Japanese culture and cormorant fishing that the Nagara River has nurtured through videos and exhibits! Even if you can't see the real cormorants, you can also watch live images and actual cormorants.
Kawara Machiya: A renovated paper wholesale store. At the entrance, miscellaneous goods using Japanese paper are lined up. When you walk down the corridor, you will find a stylish café where retro and modern mixed warehouses! Let's spend a relaxing time!
・ Yanagase Warehouse: This is a building like a Labyrinth where many artists are currently living. There are more than 150 unique shops, such as shops dealing with nostalgic Japanese vintages and fortune-telling.

Notes

・As you will try a footbath during the tour, please take a towel.
・Please wear a comfportable cloth as you will walk a lot.
・The tour end location will be different from the starting location. If you want to change the tour end location, please consult with your tour guide.
・Lunch (dinner) venue is included in this tour.
・Unfortunately, the spot "Gifu castle" does not accept wheelchair access. In case of using the wheelchair, your tour guide will take you to an alternative spot.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY3,000 /person)

Meeting Point

In front of ticket gate at JR Gifu Station



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