- What is there to do in the area?
Besides enjoying the local food? And shopping? There are many activities you can enjoy in the Kanayama area. Most of them are outdoors such as the Kanayama Megaliths, walking to four lovely waterfalls, and camping and fishing. You can also visit the Iwaya Dam.
There is also a unique activity called Kinkotsu-meguri, or walking the backstreets of Old Town. These scheduled tours are offered by volunteer tour guides who will show you the old post road to Edo (now Tokyo).
You can see how sake is made right in Kanayama town, with water from the clear Maze River. The brewery makes the famous Okuhida sake — and a fine vodka as well.
When in the gift shops, besides shopping for gifts, be sure to look for the frozen cases where Hida ice cream is sold. The rich taste comes from the happy cows of Hida.
Three posters are shown at the top for the Kanayama Megaliths, the Four Waterfalls, and the Kinkotsu-meguri. They are from the Kanayama Tourist Association.
- What facilities and accommodations are available?
Onsen hot springs 温泉
1. Yuttarikan 湯ったり館 – 日帰り天然温泉 Day trip natural onsen hot spring
Kanayama, Kanayama Town, 973-2, Gero City, Gifu Prefecture (along national highway No. 256) 岐阜県下呂市金山町金山 973-2（国道256号線沿い）TEL 0576-33-2492. http://www.yuttarikan.jp/. Open-air bath, sauna. Private room bedrock bath and aroma treatment. Restaurant. Local souvenirs.
2. Karen Onsen かれん (see below)
Where to Stay in Kanayama:
1. Hotel: Karen かれん
Onsen hot spring inn at Nukumorinosato michinoeki roadside station. From all the rooms you can view the clear stream of the Maze river. Restaurant serving local cuisine and sake. Onsen. Gift shop. Kanayama, 911-1, Gero City, Gifu Prefecture (along national highway No. 256). TEL 0576-32-4855. http://nukumorinosato.com.
2. Hotel: Fukuzumi 福寿美
Hotel located a 7 minute walk from the JR Hida-Kanayama Station in Gifu. Japanese style rooms with wifi. Fukuzumi prides itself on its local cuisine of wild vegetables and river fish. 2132-1 Kanayama, Gero City, Gifu-ken, Japan 509-1622. TEL 0576-32-2015. http://www.k-fukuzumi.com/en/. A lot of tourist information in English.
3. Minshuku: Nakanoya なかのや
Gero City, Kanayama, Yuhara 386-17. (Iwaya dam lake side). TEL 0576-35-2448
4. Minshuku: Shichifukuzan 七福山
Gero City, Kanayama, Soshino 1190-5. (National Route 256 along Wara River). TEL 0576-35-2731
5. Ryokan: Mitsukiya 見附屋旅館
Gero City, Shinjayama 222-11 (National Route 256 along the Maze river). TEL 0576-35-2013
6. Ryokan: Shimizuya 清水屋旅館
Gero City, Kanayama, Kanayama 2219-3 (along the former Hida highway).
The accommodation information is from the Kanayama Tourist Association.