Day 02 (Mon, 12 Jun’23)
Nagoya – Gifu
Hotel: Miyako Hotel Gifu Nagaragawa or similar
Udatsu are raised walls between houses used to prevent the spread of fires during the Edo period. Typically only afforded by the wealthy, over at Udatsu no Agaru Machinami, a historical district of traditional houses, displays of affluence were taken to the next level in elaborately designed udatsu. Look out for these udatsu, some of which are registered important cultural assets, as you stroll the old town streets
Seki is one of the world’s top blade-producing areas with a history dating back to the 13th century. First gaining renown for sword production, Seki is now well known for producing top quality cutlery. Learn about Seki’s blade production history at the Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum and get some Seki cutlery for yourself at Seki Terrace.
Take the Mt Kinka Ropeway up the 329m high mountain for some panoramic views of Gifu City and the Nagara River from the top. At the summit, you will also find the symbol of the city, Gifu Castle, and a Squirrel Village where you can interact with the animals.
This evening, you will get a special look into the summer tradition of Ukai, or cormorant fishing, which has been carried out at Nagara River for over 1,300 years. Follow along as fishermen use trained cormorants to fish for ayu (sweet fish) and other fish in the river by firelight and witness this impressive spectacle for yourself!