Exploring Rural Japan – Mitake Gifu Prefecture Japan
Mitake city is located in the district of Kani, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is is a small and sleepy town and use to produce coal until the 1940’s. Historically the city is an old post town on the northern, mountain trade route from Kyoto to Tokyo.
Since I’m already in Nagoya I decided to visit my cousin who lives in Mitake. From Nagoya Station I took the train heading to Inuyama and alighted at Kani station. From Kani, I transferred on the train heading to Mitake station. It was the start of summer so the weather changes very quickly. sometimes the weather is cold but at times it could get really hot. The city is very clean and quite a typical rural area in Japan.
The area is mostly residential , agricultural areas, forests and mountains but there several attractions near the Mitake station.
A few steps from the station is the Gankoji Temple. The temple look really old, the oldest structure is estimated to be 400 years old.
Mitake Nakasendo Museum
The Nakasendo Mitakekan is a local museum that exhibits the local History of Mitake.
Next door is the Takeya Residence. It was the house of the Takeya merchant family. They where merchants who traded timber and manufactured indigo dye during the Meiji era. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. There is no admission fee.
Well, the park is near the station and you need a car to access it or you can walk 20 min. from the train station. It was so hot that day so we decide to go for a swim at the pool. The Mitake-cho Ocean Center has a pool and a gymnasium , there is a fee in using the facility. outside the gym is a roller slide if you hike up the hill you will have a great view of the city and nearby areas. There are also a tennis court and a baseball field in the area.