Hida's woodwork tradition
A must see for those interested in Japanese architecture and woodwork, this museum features traditional woodwork techniques, tools, and skills of the local craftsmen. For centuries, the Hida area sent their people to the ancient capital cities where they were engaged to build some of the most famous temples in Kyoto and Nara. Because of their skillful woodwork, they were called "Hida no Takumi" or "Hida's Master Builder". These skills were passed down the generations, and were used by the current generation when the carpenters came together to build this museum.
The highlight of the museum are the wood frame displays of the building itself where no nails are used and the frames are fitted like a 3D puzzle. Visitors can play with the miniature wood frame puzzles showing how these posts and beams are fitted together.
Hida no Takumi Bunkakan
Address: 10-1 Ichino-machi, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Map
Sake tasting at the local brewery
It is said that in order to make great sake, it needs to satisfy four criteria: cool climate, clear water, good rice and a skilled sake brewer. Fortunately, Hida area has all of them! Hida City has three sake breweries, each of them featuring their own distinctive sake style and taste. Locals have their preference of sake breweries as well as how they like to drink it (for instance cold, hot, or room temperature).
All three sake breweries in Hida City have sake tasting available daily.
Walking in Furukawa Town
Furukawa is a picturesque town with well preserved traditional houses creating a scenic townscape that visitors will surely enjoy. Flowing through the center of town is an artificial water channel called Seto-gawa. Here, visitors can see and perhaps feed the large colorful carps swimming. In the past, the waterway was a boundary to separate the town's merchants' block from samurai warriors' block. One of the most scenic areas in town which attract the tourists are the white walled storehouses along the Seto-gawa. The town has three old streets, Ichino-machi, Nino-machi and Sanno-machi meaning street No.1, No.2 and No.3. All of them are parallel to the channel and are recommended areas to stroll around to enjoy the scenery and major attractions. Please note that if visitors wish to visit all the major attractions of the area, it will take approximately 3 hours.
Seto Channel and White-walled storehouses
Address: Ichino-machi, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Map
HIDA COOKING CLASS
The concept is “Learn local food from local at local’s house.” This is not only a cooking class but also a cultural experience. The cooking class is designed for guests to experience the lives and culture of locals in the Hida area. This cooking class begins by escaping from the hustle and bustle to a countryside of Hida Furukawa. You will visit vegetable & rice fields, and then enter a local host's beautiful home where the class will be held. You can learn how to make local food and ask questions about not only food but also regarding the locals' lifestyle and culture. The lecturer is not a professional chef but experienced home cook who is passionate about food and speaking English. Having lived in Australia, she speaks English well, making it easy for the guests to enjoy communicating with the lecturer. The class size is limited to 6 people in order to make sure to keep a personalized experience.
HIDA COOKING CLASS (http://www.hida-cooking-class.com/)
Address: 61-52, Yamamoto, Kokufu-cho, Takayama, Gifu
TRADITIONAL LUNCH EXPERIENCE
This traditional lunch offers the experience to cook rice in a traditional way, using an old rice cooker (called "KAMADO") which is rarely seen in Japan now. It also comes with A5 RANKED HIDA BEEF and authentic local dishes prepared by a local chef. The lecturer for Kamado, Ms Ishihara, who is called "The Mother of Hida", will teach you how to cook rice in a traditional way. What makes this activity more attractive are 1) the lecturer is a very experienced, 70-year old mother in the region who knows everything unique to the region; 2) the guest room, where the guests will eat lunch, is one of the oldest houses in Hida with high cultural values.