Gujo-Hachiman: Dancing the Night Away
The Gujo Odori, one of Japan's largest Bon dances, is a spectacle with the scores of revelers, as well as the live festival music and clacking geta wooden clogs. For more than 400 years, it has been held for 30 nights from July to September in Gujo-Hachiman, a village located deep in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. The main event is the all-night dance for four days starting on August 13. French actor Robin Barde explores the deep culture of the festival and dances the night away.

Gujo-Hachiman Castle

The beautifully reconstructed wooden fortress, also known as the Castle in the Sky, dates back to the mid-16th century.

Yoshida River

The crystal-clear river runs through the center of town. In summer, it's a playground for kids.


Gujo-Hachiman is famous for its ayu sweetfish, some of the tastiest in Japan. The traditional fishing method here, dating to the Edo period (1603-1868), is named yana after the bamboo platform that traps the fish during spawning season, from the end of September through October.


It's about three and a half hours from Tokyo to Gujo-Hachiman by Shinkansen to Nagoya with a transfer to local trains.