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1-Day Herbal Cuisine Trip

1-Day Herbal Cuisine Trip

Food is perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to visit hidden gems like the Gifu's Hida area, which is home to locally-sourced flavors unique to the region. Follow this itinerary to learn about Hida's medicinal herb culture and unique herbal cuisine. Explore some of Hida's forested region where herbal ingredients are sourced, then over in central Hida discover how they are used in the local cuisine.

Route Overview

Suggested Time
1 day
Transport
By Car

Asagiri no Mori Forest

Asagiri no Mori Forest

Hiking through Asagari no Mori Forest to gain a better understanding of Hida's herbal plants, before visiting Busuitei Ohako, a local cafe that specializes in medicinal herb-based dishes.

Asagari no Mori Forest

Explore this forest to the west of central Hida.

Soba and Medical Herb Cafe OHAKO

Ohako specializes in medicinal herb-based dishes and handmade soba noodles which use local buckwheat flour.  The cafe’s soft pastel exterior is...

An 8-minute walk from Busuitei Ohako to Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall. (Get directions)

Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall

Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall

After lunch, make your way to the Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall – a cultural landmark that showcases gorgeous Yatai festival floats and where you can learn about the famous drummers parade.

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...

A 3-minute walk from Hida Furukawa Festival Exhibition Hall to Shirakabe Dozogai Street. (Get directions)

Shirakabe Dozogai Street

Shirakabe Dozogai Street

The Shirakabe Dozogai Street area of Hida Furukawa is renowned for being a charming, ancient canal neighborhood.

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...

A 3-minute walk from Shirakabe Dozogai Street to FabCafe Hida. (Get directions)

FabCafe Hida

FabCafe Hida

FabCafe Hida is a local creative cafe that uses fragrant Japanese Spicebush as a key component in some of their offerings, including teas, cocktails and their hayashi rice dish. There famous canelé also comes in a healthy herbal variety.

FabCafe Hida

The FabCafe digital creative cafe concept first arrived back in 2012 when its inaugural branch opened in Tokyo’s Shibuya. It revolutionised what to...

A 1-minute walk from FabCafe Hida to Hida Mori no Megumi. (Get directions)

Hida Mori no Megumi

Hida Mori no Megumi

Explore tea samples at Hida Mori no Megumi, as well as a range of spices and tastes, available for tasting (open until 4pm).

Hida Mori no Megumi

Hida Furukawa has a long-standing reputation as a hub for medicinal herbs. Perhaps it's the fact that the Hida area is surrounded by mountains and...

A 1-minute walk from Hida Mori no Megumi to Watanabe Sake Brewery. (Get directions)

Watanabe Sake Brewery

Watanabe Sake Brewery

Conclude your journey with a visit to Watanabe Sake brewery, which produces local sake that has played an essential part in the daily lives of Hida's residents for over 150 years.

Watanabe Sake Brewery

Surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges and blessed with a supply of some of the purest water in Japan, Watanabe Sake Brewery (established in 1870) is...

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