Hida Furukawa and the surrounding areas of Gifu Prefecture are packed full of history and intriguing tales and myths.
The Ema Family Residence Ruins Park (Emashitateato Koen) is home to a medieval samurai hall which once belonged to the warlord Ema who ruled over the Hida region from the Muromachi to the sengoku (warring states) eras.
This site, designated as a National Historic Site in 1980, has been lovingly and painstakingly restored before opening to the public in 2007. Alongside the main Shimodate Hall, the main gate and Japanese garden were also reconstructed.
The site was also declared a National Scenic Spot in 2017, the first of its kind in the Hida and Gifu areas of Japan.
The Ema Family Residence Ruins Park is a must for fans of Japanese history and those looking to walk in the shoes of samurai and warlords.
Across the nearby Kamioka region, the ruins of several castles in the Ema clan’s stronghold can also be discovered.
One of Hida Furukawa’s biggest annual events is the Furukawa Festival, held in April every year, which sees beautifully decorated floats (yatai) paraded through the city — but what happens to them during the rest of the year?
There are 10 storehouses (屋台蔵, yatai-gura) aroun...
Your Souvenir Stop: Japanese Candles by Mishima
This little unassuming store along a Hida Furukawa backstreet is well worth seeking out on your Hida travels. If not to chance your luck by observing a live demonstration of Mishima-san making his Japanese candles (Wa-rousoku) inside the entrance, then just to meet and admire his incredible passi...