Gifu, the city of ropeway that will take you to experience the breathtaking panoramic view
Picking up where we left off in the 2nd episode, we leave Toyama for Gifu. We take the long ride from the village to Sanmachi-suji (三町筋) which is an old district of Takayama city and is also known as Little Kyoto
We also take you around the city for finding more tasty restaurants that all the foodies must try! but before we jump to that part, let’s come back to the first part of our journey!
There are numerous ways to reach our destination but the most certain ways are:
1. Take a bus
we can take a bus back to the main place, in order to take a Shinkansen to the Gifu main station. The “Sanmachi-suji” district is also very close to this station; a 10-12 minutes walk will get you there.
2. Rent a car
this option will let us rent a car and drive to Gifu. It takes around 1 hour and a half. This is the best option if you have a plan to board the “Shin-Hotaka Ropeway”, the only twin-deck gondola style cable car in Japan.
After making a brief plan, we will now move to the Sanmachi-suji district. The area is brimming with souvenirs and food and the streets are lined with shops decorated in the traditional style, which gives off an atmosphere of an ancient city. Perfect for a few photos shot right in the middle of the street!
Around midday, we decided to grab some lunch since the area is famous for its delicious eateries. The famous dishes include Hida steak, Shiru Miso soup Soba and sweets such as soft cream, buns and Dango. We might miss a few menus here and there but the variety should be enough for a showcase, so let’s have a look
The first and best on this list is this store. If you walk into the middle of the alley, you will realize that a lot of people are in a queue for this store. This is not surprising as the Sushi here is sooo delicious! The white flakes below is a prawn cracker and it’d be a really big shame if you missed it once you are here!
Next, we moved on to the meat roll shop. The menu contains a meat roll logo, so it’s quite hard to miss. The meat is okay but a bit too well-done, but our friend here says it matches their taste really well!
Next up is the ice cream in the shape of Sarubobo which is also known as the faceless doll. The Sarubobo is the mascot lucky charm for the Gifu prefecture and you will be able to see that a lot of stores use the Sarubobo on the packaging as an indirect reference to the Gifu city. The Sarubobo used to only exist in one color, red; however newer colors with different auspicious meanings have also begun to appear.
Take some photos at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
The front of the shrine is so beautiful.
Slowly wander at Nakabashi Bridge
Enjoy the scenic view from Shinhotaka Ropeway
After a digestive walk, we took a ride to the Shinhotaka Ropeway cable-car station. If you didn’t rent a ride then you can also take a JR train and continue the journey with a Hino bus as well. The bus will take around 1 hour to reach the cable-car.
The ticket price for a two-step round trip ticket is around 2,900 Yen for an adult.
After the cable-car, we took a car back to the Takayama Ouan hotel which will be our stop for the night and prepare to head out for dinner. The hotel is near a train station so it is very convenient when we have to head back to Tokyo.
The hotel’s decoration is distinctly Japanese, as the floor of the entire hotel is covered in a Tatami mat and we are required to leave our shoes on the lower floor, walking barefoot to the lift and eventually to our room. The air of formality also pervades this hotel as a lot of Japanese guests are in a full formal suits.
And before heading back to Tokyo, we also visited the morning market along the bank of the Miyagawa river. In order to give you guys a traceable trail, we have also included a link to this market for you to follow!
Location : Shimosannomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0841 Japan
If you are looking for a souvenir, then check out these Sarubobo keychains and other local specialties!
Gifu is another city that we won’t forget anytime soon and this trip to Japan has been really fulfilling and worth the effort. If you are interested in our trip itinerary, then we would like to leave you a message that this trip meant a lot to us and we would like the readers to also experience this special trip just like it. If you don’t have a plan in mind yet then check out EP.1 in Nagano and EP.2 in Toyama. Bon Voyage!