The cool waters of the Nagara and Yoshida Rivers are a summer playground for locals and visitors alike. These cool fast running rivers, and the surrounding valley, offer some exciting things to do, and a welcome chance to cool off during the warm summer months.
The nearby Meiho area offers winter sports enthusiasts excellent ski and snowboard facilities suitable for all skill levels. The LG FIS Snowboard World Cup 2009 was held here.
River rafting enthusiasts can enjoy an exciting white water ride down the Nagara river. Big Smile Rafting Tours offers daily white water rafting experiences that are especially enjoyable, and popular on hot summer days. See Big Smile's YouTube video here.
Spectacular views of the famous Nagara River, the town, and surrounding mountains await as you ascend to 100 metres in a hot air balloon.
Gujo Hachiman offers the perfect conditions for hot air ballooning, conditions unique to this area. Here the air currents allow for an ascent to a height of 100 metres in complete safety. It's a not to be missed experience for thrill seekers.
Ayu fishing is a traditional summer past-time. Fisherman, both local and from all over Japan, take to the rivers to cool off, relax, and test their skill at catching this delicious fresh water delicacy. Fresh ayu is available only in the summer, and can be enjoyed grilled in many restaurants and ryokans around Gujo Hachiman from June until late September.
For a truly unique experience, wade into the Nagara or Yoshida River and try your luck at catching your dinner! (A permit is required but easily obtained!).
Winter sports enthusiasts will enjoy the winter playground that is the Meiho Ski area. Only a short 40 minutes away by car, many skiers and snowboarders make Gujo Hachiman their home base for a few days of skiing and snowboarding.
For Meiho area accommodation Click Here.
Visit us in person:
Kinenkan Tourism Centre
Gujo Shi, Gifu ken,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
9:00 am - 6:00 pm during Gujo Odori season
Phone: 0575 67-0002