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On this personal tour for eight adventurous food lovers, Yoko will take you on a journey to explore historical festivals, community events and locally acclaimed restaurants. She created the tour to share the best parts of rural Japan during its best season.  Most importantly, you will know what every one of her friends knows: Wherever Yoko goes, tasty morsels will follow!

Festivals, Feasts & Fishing: An Insider’s Culinary Tour of Gifu


NEW: Check out Itinerary! (Updated on 2/23/2016. 2017 Itinerary will be coming soon)

Features

  • Explore the Seki Knife Festival & Mino Paper Lantern Night Walk
  • Go on a Nagara River Ukai Boat ride - Ancient night time fishing by cormorant Master
  • Attend the Takayam Autumn Festival & Shirakawa Village, a World Heritage Site
  • Learn about and taste the amazing local foods in Mino & Hida Regions
  • Visit several nationally-acclaimed Mino Pottery Barnes & Museums

NEW: Check out Itinerary! (Updated on 2/23/2016)

Day 1:  Friday 10/13/2017

We'll meet at the designated meeting point in Nagoya Station. After a refreshing soba lunch, Yoko will take you to the local markets where you'll be introduced to regional and seasonal produce. We'll then prepare a few light appetizer dishes accompanied by some bottles of sake to bring for the Ukai boat ride (about an hour). Dinner will take place at Iwasa where you’ll enjoy the locally renowned Ayu fish course at the cormorant birds’ fishing master's house. (Check out Hana & Seungbae's blog where they share what their experience was like in 2015. Please find out more here!)

Day 2:   Saturday 10/14/2017

The very first day of the Knife festival. We'll start the day by eating at the local cafe, where we can have breakfast for the price of a coffee. After breakfast, enjoy some free time and explore the center of the city where more than 20 knife makers work at the markets and a number of knife-related performances and exhibitions take place. At night, we'll take a train to Mino City (20-minutes) for a paper lantern light festival. (Read more on Hana & Seungbae's blog)

Day 3:  Sunday 10/15/2017

We’ll take the highway (2 hours) and head to the Japanese folklore village, Shirakawago, in the morning. This world heritage site is a small community where neighbors help each other to change their naturally-made roofs every 30 to 40 years. We'll take a pleasant walk from one side of the village to the top of the hill where we can look over the entire village. After lunch, we'll head over to the city of Takayama for the Autumn Festival. Eleven floats will be pulled by locals to gather in front of  Hachiman Shrine. You'll see all the festival foods on the street as well as local kids running around in their costumes. (Blog-Shirakawago,Takayama)

Day 4:  Monday 10/16/2017

Explore the Mino Pottery Barns & Festival: Mino yaki is the most widely used dishware in Japan. Thousands of years of history created the vast and profound community of manufacturers and supporting pottery and ceramic artists. We’ll follow up with a visit to Inuyama Castle, the oldest existing wooden structure of its kind, and a Kaiseki Dinner in Gifu City. (Find out more on Hana & Seungbae's blog post)

Day 5: Tuesday 10/17/2017

After breakfast, we'll help you depart for your next destination. We can arrange for your suitcase or boxes of souvenir to be directly delivered to the Airport.