First Time Travelers
Welcome to Hida! Explore this guide to find out all you need to know for your first visit to this charming locale.
Where is Hida?
The Hida region covers the northern half of Gifu Prefecture and is known for its abundant nature and traditional culture. It's home to some of Gifu's—and indeed central Japan's—most popular destinations including Takayama, Shirakawa-go and Hida Furukawa.
Hida Furukawa is located in Hida City to the far north along the Toyama border. It's served by the region's main Hida-Furukawa Station, located near the charming, old town area of Hida Furukawa.
What is Hida known for?
For a rural city, you may be surprised to know Hida's nationwide influence far surpasses its small stature. This is thanks to a number of homegrown attractions and brands that keep it in the hearts and minds of those looking for an idyllic getaway in central Japan.
Explore these 4 reasons to visit Hida and discover why for yourself:
- The Taste of Hida: From Hida beef to other local classics
- Hida Artisans & Crafts: Learn about Hida's historical reputation for joinery and woodwork.
- Hida's Heritage & Traditions: Furukawa Festival is one of the most popular events in the Chubu region.
- Scenic Nature: Epic views and abundant nature await in this rural heartland
Top 5 Things to Do in Hida
Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall
Furukawa Festival is a registered UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage thanks to its spectacular floats and drums that go on parade during the festival. For those visitors who cannot visit ...
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Shirakabe Dozogai Street
Hida Furukawa's Shirakabe Dozogai Street is a charming and non-commercial heritage site which reflects, perfectly, the culture and history of the area. The Seto Canal runs through it an...
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Rail Mountain Bike: Gattan Go
Gatton-go is a unique attraction created by Hida locals that combines mountain biking and formerly used railway tracks. Feel the speed and sounds of the rail as you travel through forests...
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Hida Space Science Museum KamiokaLab
Hida Space Science Museum KamiokaLab, located in Gifu Prefecture's Kamioka town, is a major research center and experimental facility focusing on the exploration of the universe and elementary ...
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Surrounded by mountains, Hida Furukawa is one of the most perfect spots in Japan to experience the majestic natural occurrence of morning fog, or asagiri, in autumn. With a hike to the top of the c...
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Let us help plan your trip to Hida with the following recommended model routes:
- One Day in Hida Furukawa: get to see Hida's top attractions for those unable to stay for longer
- One Day Anime Tour: visit a number of locations seen in famous anime movies over the years
- Three Day Regional Highlights: combine a trip to Hida with a visit to some neighboring attractions in the wider Hida region.
What exactly is Hida?
The name Hida (飛騨) refers to the northern half of modernday Gifu prefecture. In pre-Meiji period Japan, this area—encompassing Hida City, Takayama, Gero and Shirakawa—belonged to the Hida Province, long before Japan's modern-day prefecture system existed.
Hida.travel is the official tourism website for Hida City and introduces a range of recommended attractions and places to stay in the area.