Kawaramachi’s Old Town Charm Will Make You Fall in Love With Gifu
Think traditional Japanese houses and classic merchants that trace their origins from the Edo period.
Right by the spectacular Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture is Kawaramachi, a town filled with traditional Japanese houses. During the Edo period, there was a lot of water transportation that traversed the Nagara River. Many shops selling wood materials and Mino Japanese paper gathered there. There are still many classic merchants in Kawaramachi, with some of them designated as important buildings making up the beautiful scenery of Gifu City. This is one of the best places to go sightseeing if you’re ever in the Gifu area.
Admire the traditional scenery while relaxing at the beautiful town of Kawaramachi.
Along the 450-meter long street of Kawaramachi, you’ll find shops that sell traditional crafts and confectionery as well as cafes and restaurants hidden inside houses. Scroll down below for places you should visit on your next trip to Gifu.
The owner of Shokudo Koyori trained at a Japanese restaurant in Gifu. He opened this restaurant in the hopes of connecting tourists to his local town. The dishes here are made with fresh ingredients from Gifu and have a delicate taste.
We recommend you try Today’s Lunch Set (¥1,296) for lunch. This comes with dishes made up of the day’s gathered ingredients. However, if you’re planning on visiting during lunchtime, make sure you have a reservation as it can get crowded in the restaurant.
Shokudo Koyori is located at 36-1 Tamaicho, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays. You may contact them at +81-58-214-9230.
Enjoy the Specialty Coffee (¥518) and Morning Plate (¥216) at rustico4
Rustico4, a popular bakery shop, opened its fourth shop here in Gifu. It is located in an important building for scenery that was built in 1877. It has a sophisticated style. Each day there are about 60 to 70 kinds of bread, mainly hard bread and croissants. Satisfying quiches are popular, too. Try the Specialty Coffee (¥518) and the Morning Plate (¥216), a set of bread menu items such as sandwiches and quiches, salad and coffee.
rustico4 is located at 12 Tamaicho, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily except on Mondays. Morning menu items are served until 11:30 a.m. You may contact them at +81-58-213-3383.
An de Deco Dango (¥350 for 2 sticks)
Ryokusuian is a famous Japanese confectionery shop known for its Gifu specialty, Hiayu. This is the only place where you can enjoy kinako (roasted soybean powder) and an (bean paste) for as much as you like on their freshly cooked Suyaki Dango and Mitarashi Dango (¥90 each). The appearance and taste of this menu are plated beautifully. These dango are made only out of rice powder produced in Mino, Gifu.
Ryokusuian Kawaramachi Branch is located at 48 Minatomachi, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-58-215-5476.
Seasonal products, mainly traditional crafts such as Gifu Lanterns and Sekku Ningyo (festival dolls), are sold here.
There is a vintage postbox that’s right by the entrance and serves as the sign of this shop. There are many crafts here such as traditional one of Gifu and Mino Japanese paper. There is a cafe at the back of the shop. Piano recitals are sometimes held on weekends (from 12:30 pm to 4 pm), and many customers visit especially for them.
cafe&gallery Kawaramachiya is located at 28 Tamaicho, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays except on Thursdays, and up to 6:30 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-58-266-5144.
The colorful threading technique inside the umbrella is called Ito Kagari.
This shop is inside Nagara River Teshigoto Machiya CASA, where you can see and experience Gifu’s traditional crafts. There are more than 100 Japanese-style umbrellas and they are all made by craftsmen. Activity events are held irregularly, so it is best to call to make a reservation before you go.
Wagasa CASA is located at 29 Minatomachi, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-90-8335-9759.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (18 October 2019)