Hida Regional Tourism Council

You’ll want to stay longer, you’ll long to come back

About HIDA

Predominantly rural, northern Gifu Prefecture — including the cities of Hida, Gero, Takayama, and the village of Shirakawa— is still known by the historical name of Hida. Geographically, with much forested highland terrain, it comprises basins surrounded by steep mountains at the western end of the Hida Mountain Range, and it has the heavy winter snows typical of the Japan Sea climate.
Historically, referred to in various kanji combinations read as “Hida,” the land is mentioned both in Japan’s earliest chronicles and in the ancient Man’yōshu anthology of poems. Even in those distant times, woodworkers from the area were famed for their formidable skills.

Attracted by pristine scenic beauty — both of old towns such as Hida Takayama and rural areas such as the World Heritage Historic Village of Shirakawa-go with its distinctive, steeply sloped gasshō-zukuri roofs — by one of Japan’s top-three onsens, and by famous festivals, including the rousing drum procession of the Hida Furukawa Matsuri, increasing numbers of overseas visitors have been coming to Hida to experience unspoiled Japan.