Dynamic festivals and picturesque town-scape.
Hida Furukawa is located in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture. Hida Furukawa, like Hida Takayama, is situated along the Miya River. The two towns are often referred to as “twins,” and both preserve the atmosphere of the Edo Period.
A number of tributaries join the Miya River near the town of Furukawa. One of them is the Seto River, which flows through a small canal that cuts through the town. Colorful carp swim about in the canal, which is lined on either side by old warehouses with dazzling white walls.
Master carpenters from the Hida region continue to protect and preserve the traditional structures. The highlight of the town is the Furukawa Festival, held each year on the 19th and 20th of April. Like the Takayama Festival, the Furukawa Festival is also a wonderful opportunity to see the detailed artistry and craftsmanship reflected in the traditional festival floats. The floats are displayed from 6:00am to 8:00pm on the 20th. On the evening of the 19th, the town erupts in celebration with the Okoshi-daiko drum festival. It is an intense competition of strength and masculinity among the men as excitement completely engulfs the normally quiet town of Furukawa. This contrast between "silence" and "movement" is a special characteristic of the Furukawa Festival and also one of its charms. Cherry blossoms can also be seen at this time at Keta Park.
Visitors can enjoy learning about the festival at Hida Furukawa Festival Hall, which displays portable shrines, festival floats, and other decorations.
Santera-mairi (three temple pilgrimage) is held in the evening hours on the 15th of January. During the festival, 1,000 candles line the Seto River and the flickering light and snow create a world of fantasy that spreads out before your eyes. The candles used in the festival are called “warosoku (Japanese candles),” and are a specialty product of Furukawa.
[Rail] 1h 43 min from Tokyo to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line "Nozomi," and 2h 35 min from Nagoya to Hida-Furukawa Station by JR Line "Hida" (limited-stop express).
[Rail] 52 min from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen Line "Nozomi," and 2h 35 min from Nagoya to Hida-Furukawa Station by JR Line "Hida" (limited-stop express).
[Rail] 2h 35 min to Hida-Furukawa Station by JR Line "Hida" (limited-stop express).