Gujo Hachiman, a castle town with an enchanting history and beautiful water and food sample makin
The town of Gujo Hachiman is well known for the “Gujo Odori” dance performance which continues for more than 30 days from July to the beginning of September. The “Tetsuya Odori” which lasts for four days during the Obon holidays in August is especially famous, the climax season of Gujo Hachiman.
Gujo Hachiman is accessible from Nagoya by train and by bus. While taking local train along beautiful Nagara River is a fun, bus is faster and gives you maximum time in Gujo Hachiman.
The price of a typical guided one day Gujo Hachiman tour from Nagoya is about 80,000 yen for a group of 5 pax. This includes a guide (English, Spanish, Chinese, French or Portuguese), bus fare, admission to Gujo Hachiman Castle, lunch, and workshop of food sample making. We can make quotation for your particular needs.
You can combine Gujo Hachiman with other destinations, Takayama and Shirakawago tour for example
Sample Itinerary for Gujo Hachiman tour by bus
09:00-10:12 Nagoya Station-Gujo Hachiman Jokamachi Plaza
Enjoy Gujo Hachiman for about 5.5 hours
Experience food replica making (optional)
15:46-17:21 -Gujo Hachiman Jokamachi Plaza-Nagoya Station
Gujo Hachiman Castle
The castle looks over the castle town of Gujo from the hill top. The current wooden castle tower was reconstructed in 1933, and the origin of the entire castle dates back to around 800 years ago. It was approximately 400 years ago when the castle town, as we see today, was developed.
Gujo Hachiman Castle is located on a small hilltop, thus the way to the castle is just a perfect hiking route to enjoy. Once you reach the summit, the castle tower and the beautiful trees will welcome you. Each season of the year has a unique attractiveness. The cherry blossoms in spring, the green leaves in summer, colored leaves of the autumn and the winter snowy landscape. All are breathtaking. The green leaves in May and the autumn colored leaves in November are particularly notable.
Walking along the old town
Traditional old Japanese houses stand in the castle town, which is on the base of the castle. Walking around the city while dropping in at various shops is also a good idea.
It is a spring that symbolizes Gujo Hachiman, the town of water, and was selected as the top among the 100 Exquisite and Well Conserved Waters of Japan in 1985. The name Sougisui comes from the master of Renga poet, Iio Sougi, who lived during the last years of the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573). It is said that Sougi built a thatched hut along the spring and loved drinking the fresh water. Therefore, Sougisui has been preserved as an historical place as well as for the local people’s water for daily living, and has been designated as both the municipal and provincial historical and cultural assets.
Sample Kobo ~ Experience making food samples
Gujo Hachiman is also famous for manufacture of food samples. Food samples are all handmade and is so delicate that it is hard to distinguish them from real food. Workshops to make food samples are available. Participate in one of them if you are interested in it.
If you are interested in our this guided tour,we are pleased to make a quotation for you. Please feel free to contact us!!
The Gujo Odori dance performance has more than a 400 year-long history, and is performed for over 30 nights from mid-July to the beginning of September. It is the longest Bon-odori event in Japan. The climax is between August 13 and 16, and is called the “Tetsuya Odori” when people dance all night long. It is overwhelming to see thousands of people dancing until dawn. The best point of this dance festival is that anyone can join. It attracts a lot of people, since both local residents and tourists can freely participate.
Mode of payment
Payment can be made by online credit card payment system. We accept VISA or MASTER.
Customers may pay the part of amount as a deposit to secure the reservation. Basically customers are requested to pay all amount prior to the day of the tour.
Customize tour for you
Above itinerary and price are just an example. You can customize your own tour. We are pleased to provide your accommodations or meals according to your request. Please tell us your needs and interests.
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