Gujo Odori Dance
With a history of over 400 years, the Gujo Odori is one of the three most important bon dance festivals in Japan, and one of the funnest! Designated a Significant Intangible Cultural Folk Asset by the Japanese government, Gujo Odori was also recently added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Silk Screen Printing
Gujo is the birthplace of screen printing in Japan, where it continues to flourish as an industry. Here, you can experience hands-on screen printing yourself and create your own souvenir.
Food replicas are wax or plastic models of dishes that many restaurants in Japan display to entice and inform patrons. These replicas are said to have originated in Gujo City, and 60% of those sold in Japan are still made here. You can try your hand at making your own!
Gujo Indigo Dyeing
Gujo Hachiman has a 430-year-old tradition of indigo dyeing. Watanabe Somemono Dyehouse still employs traditional techniques of “Shō aizome” indigo dyeing, which uses natural indigo rather than chemical dyes. It is designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Gifu prefecture.