At Hida-Furukawa you can enjoy the perfect balance of food, culture, and nature in a highly walkable township. Of course, it is not possible to introduce all that this location has to offer but some recommended treats include the ultra-delicious soba from Nakaya-san, Yamamoto, the old-style delicatessen - a must see during a long stay, the ‘san-teramairi’ (three temple pilgrimage) and the view from the Araki River. The more you explore the more you will fall under the spell of this charming location.
Watanabe Sake Brewery

Watanabe Sake Brewery

This is one of the two large sake-breweries that are the pride of Hida-Furukawa. Founded in 1870, the ‘horai’ which delighted the tastebuds of writers and artists such as Bokusui Wakayama is celebrated as “Yuzhu-no-Shizuku”. The first sip spreads smoothly throughout your mouth and the path down the throat is clear and smooth. Savor the sweet kouji aftertaste and you’ll catch a glimpse of the many years of challenge and struggle that has lead the brewery to where it is today.

Yatsusankan

Yatsusankan

Cross the Araki River and a beautiful ryokan comes into view. Yatsusankan started life as an inn in the Ansei Period and has been operating for 160 years. It was designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan in 2004. Yatsusankan deliver beautiful architecture, delicious food, a high-quality hot spring, and superb hospitality. A luxurious ryokan experience.

Take a look at their website HERE

Bokuseisha

Bokuseisha

The taste of Bokuseisha’s soft-serve ice-cream cannot be described in words alone. If you had to try, milky and silky would be two good words to start with. The soft, gentle taste comes from the process where milk that has had the lactic acid bacteria removed is sterilized at a low heat. It travels down your throat like silk and after settling in your stomach its gentleness delivers joy to all corners of your body. Taste the yoghurt once and you’ll never go back. This delicious sweetness – a curse or a joy for your taste buds?

Ichinomachi Coffee

Ichinomachi Coffee

Everyone loves Ichinomachi Coffee! Locals and tourists from far off lands love to visit this cozy café in a renovated early Meiji-era traditional Japanese minkan.
Relax at a massive table made from a log buried in an avalanche in 466 BC and brought back to the light of day 2,462 year later and enjoy delicious coffee, Japanese curry, and melon bread.

Ozeki-ya

Ozeki-ya

The elderly lady at Ozeki-ya, next to FabCafe Hida, is the star of Hida-Furukawa. She’s someone that you’d want to register as a living national treasure. This lady has seen all the twists and turns of Furukawa’s history and still gleefully rejoices in new developments. Once you’ve encountered her smiling face you’ll find yourself drawn back to Hida-Furukawa as if a spell has been cast over you.

Takumi Bunkakan

Takumi Bunkakan

Takumi Bunkakan, built in 1989, houses the artisan technology of Hida. It was built using local wood, without the use of a single nail by local craftspeople and features brackets engraved with the artisan ‘cloud’ crest. As a challenge to the future, our artisans invented a range of difficult ‘kumiki’ joinery techniques. Time quickly passes and night falls as you try to work out the challenging ‘kumiki’ puzzles.

Take a look at their website HERE

Mishima Japanese Candles

Mishima Japanese Candles

The candle craftsman whose stories flow smoothly from his lips as he goes about his work is the pride of Hida-Furukawa. The wax is made from the juice of the nuts of ‘haze’ (wax tree – anacardiaceae; cashew or sumac family) which have been steamed and then compressed and the wick is made of Japanese washi paper, lamp wick (the inner of the Eupatorium fortunei), and silk floss. Japanese candles, made from natural materials, do not sway like western varieties but burn strong and straight, making them perfect for focusing your concentration or meditating.

Keta Wakamiya Shrine

Keta Wakamiya Shrine

Keta Wakamiya Shrine, presiding over Hida-Furukawa, is revered by all the citizens of Hida. The special atmosphere of this shrine is something that you should experience at least once in your life.The Hida-Furukawa Festival which is held on April 19-20 every year and has been designated as an important intangible folk-cultural property is held regularly at this shrine. Hida-Furukawa Festival, so popular that you can’t book accommodation even one year in advance, is definitely worth a look.