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August 22, 2014 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go

Picking up from after we left spooky cave #2, we drove to Gujo City, parked the car, and headed up the mountain to the castle. As we walked, we enjoyed the river running along side the street and were able to soak our feet multiple times. There are numerous areas with drinking water available to keep hydrated as well.

It was hot and humid, and the path to the castle is up a mountain half on the same road cars pass up, and half steep stairs. The castle itself is a replica, and there isn't a lot to it, but it has a great view of the surrounding area.

We were too late for it, but you can buy a combination ticket to both the castle and the city museum, where demonstrations of the Gujo Odori dances are given hourly from about 11-3. August is actually the month of the Gujo Odori, but while originally I was hoping to stay in the are and watch that night's dance, we ended up moving on to Shirakawa-go instead.

Gujo is known for its food replicas, but we decided to skip a visit and just move on to Shirakawa-go.

We arrived at Shirakawa-go just as things started to close. We had hoped to grab dinner, but even the restaurants close early, presumably because anyone just visiting is gone by 5pm, and anyone staying will get dinner where they stay.

Still, we were able to look around and enjoy the late sun a bit before it went behind the mountains. Shirakawa-go is probably beautiful in every season, but while winter is an idea time to visit because of the light up, summer among the rice fields is also really nice! Maybe I'll get the opportunity to see both!

Part 1 featured Gifu City and Otaki caves, and part 3 follows with Takayama.

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2016/04/24 - Mitsuhiko Imamori Paper Cut Works Exhibit in Takasaki
2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki
2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle
2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima
2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park
2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival
2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama
2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers
2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata
2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata
2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku
2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu
2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2
2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi
2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana
2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen
2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival
2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''
2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba
2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival