Summer Dance and Water of Gujo Hachiman Day Tour

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9 hours
Gujo Hachiman
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 6
Your Experience at a Glance

The Edo Period, which started 400 years ago, brought stability and prosperity to Japan. That’s why Japanese culture flourished during this period and craftsmanship blossomed around Nagoya, one of the economic centers of the country. 

During this tour, you will explore the culture and craftsmanship during the height of the Samurai warrior rule by exploring the city of water, Gujo Hachiman, and its traditional summer dances.

Experience Price

 35,000 yen per person (2-6 people)

Experience Type

Private Tour

Meeting Location

Nagoya Station Golden Clock (Google Maps)

End Location

Nagoya Station Golden Clock (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

09:00 (9 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Spanish, German, Japanese

Price Includes

  • Tour guide fees
  • Lunch
  • Entry Fees to museums
  • Silkscreen Printing or Food Replica experience fees

Price Excludes

  • All transportation fees throughout the tour
  • Transportation to and from the experience

Additional Information

  • Bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain
  • If you have any food allergies please let us know at the time of your booking
  • Not accessible for strollers and wheelchairs
What You'll Do

You will be exploring a less-traveled side of Japan.

Together with your knowledgeable guide, you will spend the day exploring Gujo Hachiman, the home of one of Japan’s foremost traditional summer Bon dances and everything connected with it from the traditional craftsmanship used to make the typical wooden shoes called Geta, to the hand towel the dancers use to whip their faces after a particularly hot night of dancing called Tenugui. You will also learn some dance moves!

The city is also famous for its beautiful old wooden houses and many picturesque waterways running through town.

  • Feast on excellent Soba noodles
  • Learn to dance the traditional dance moves of Gujo Hachiman
  • Print a Tenugui towel as a souvenir or create your own set of "Sanpuru" food replicas
Your Experience Step by Step

Meeting in Nagoya and train+bus to Gujo Hachiman

Meet your guide at Nagoya station and travel for about 2 hours north via train and bus to Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture.

Soba lunch

Try the local Soba noodles chilled in summer or hot in winter as a light meal to start the day.

Gujo Museum

At the local museum you can learn about Gujo’s city history as well as about the town’s proudest feature, the famous Bon Dances held on 30 nights each summer. Get dancing and learn the popular dance moves.

Explore Gujo Hachiman

The narrow streets of Gujo Hachiman are very picturesque with shops lining the streets selling street food and souvenirs. The many waterways are one highlight of the town.

Tenugui towel printing or "Sanpuru" food replica experience

Tenugui towels are used by every dancer during the summer Bon dances, as fashion accessories and to whip sweat. 
Design and print your own towel during this workshop for a unique souvenir of Gujo Hachiman.
Did you know that Gujo is the birthplace of silk screen printing or serigraphy in Japan?

This tour is subject to availability. If not available, you will instead enjoy a “Sanpuru” food replica workshop, which is another of the highlights of Gujo Hachiman.

Buy Geta wooden sandals while roaming around town

There is still more to discover in Gujo and as the day winds down you can explore more of the streams and little scenic side streets where you will find a wide variety of shops, some of which sell Geta, the cypress wood sandals used for dancing. A pair of these sandals will make a great souvenir. 

Return to Nagoya

It’s time to say goodbye to Gujo, so we’ll take the bus back to Nagoya

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host
Lena and Elly hosts

Lena Yamaguchi & Elisabeth Llopis

We are the co-founders of Nagoya is not boring. We look forward to guiding you around our second home Nagoya and its off-beat surroundings.

Lena is from Germany and she especially loves exploring food and food culture in Japan. Her favorite food is Hitsumabushi, Nagoya’s version of grilled eel on rice.

Elly, from the resort island of Mallorca in Spain, loves all things Japanese culture and history like Kimono, traditional dance called Nihon Buyo, and Sake.

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