Meeting Information

Sightseeing tour (Half day for Gifu Castle and Ukai Museum)

(Free, Accompanying Person: JPY3,000)
June 5 (Sun), 13:00- 18:00

Gifu Castle

Gifu Castle is first built as a fortress on the top of Mt. Kinka in 1201, which is now a symbol of Gifu City.
With over 800 years of history, Gifu Castle had been the former residence of famous generals, Dosan Saito and Nobunaga Oda. Oda Nobunaga occupied the castle and became its master in 1567.
There is a ropeway running between Gifu Park and the top of the mountain. You can enjoy all the natural beauty during the ride. Inside of the castle serves as a castle museum. From the observation deck of the castle, you can enjoy the spectacular landscape of the area, including Nagara River and the Ibuki mountain range. On the way back to the Gifu Park, there is a small zoo where you can see and feed squirrels. The bus will take you back to the venue.

Nagaragawa Ukai Museum

Ukai is a unique fishing method using Japanese trained cormorants to catch river fish such as sweetfish (ayu). The Ukai fishing method has a history of some 1,300 years and has been protected by the Japanese government.
Cormorants catch fishes by swallowing them whole, keep them in a special poach of their throat. Later on, fishes are retrieved from their throat. While the Ukai fishing season runs from May 11 to October 15, in the museum, at any time of year, you can enjoy some of the experience.
You can feel Ukai world from various exhibitions such as tools used in cormorant fishing and learning programs with guidances and interpretations. Also, video and photographic materials are offered that make you feel actual fishing by seeing dynamic moment when a cormorant catches an ayu.

Gala Dinner (June 6)

(JPY 10,000)
June 6 (Sat), 17:30-19:30
Gifu Grand Hotel
Shuttle bus available from the congress venue.

Optional Sightseeing tour
(One day for Takayama and Shirakawa-go)

(JPY 15,000 including lunch)
June 7 (Sun), 8:30- 18:00

Hida-Takayama

Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Takayama retains a traditional atmosphere like Kyoto, especially in its old town. Your journey will start with Sanmachi Street, which is located in the heart of the city. Here, many buildings and houses, dating back to an old era: Edo period (1603-1868), are beautifully preserved. It would be interesting to wander the street. You could buy souvenirs at many craft shops, visit cafes and discover good sake at breweries, or just seeing traditional houses and local merchants might be good. Next, you will reach Takayama Jinya, which is also located in the old town. The building complex had been a former residence of the governor of the province. In 1969, it was opened to the public and now serves as a museum that shows the typical life of a daimyo in the Edo period (1603-1868). You would find it interesting to discover a bygone era by seeing the actual life such as rooms with nicely maintained tatami, kitchen, meeting room, and interview room.

After enjoying the old town, the bus will take you to the lunch spot: Art & Festa Forest in TAKAYAMA, which is located outside of Takayama's city center. You will enjoy nice Japanese-style meals including Hida Beef in a restaurant. Hida beef is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef featured with its muscle and marbling.

Besides, Takayama is also famous for festivals held in Spring and Autumn. This facility also has a museum that displays tools used in the festivals such as full-scale replica floats, huge drums called taiko (said to be the biggest drum in the world). Although you are not able to see the actual festival, you would feel the actual world of the festivals.

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go, small traditional village, is a Japanese mountain settlement in what was once considered a wild and unexplored region. Because of the area’s natural environment, with high mountains and heavy snowfall, interaction with neighboring regions was limited. However, this also contributed to the development of unique cultural practices and lifestyles. Gassho-style thatched roof houses were registered as a World Cultural Heritage site in December 1995. The village, which has steep triangular shape houses, is still used as a place for living. The scenery is very beautiful, harmonized with surrounding environment such as mountains, rice fields and these traditional houses. It is truly the original landscape of Japan that has now become difficult to see anywhere else in Japan.
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