This introduction video in inspired by “Momotaro” (Peach Boy), a popular character from Japanese folklore. A person dressed as Momotaro walks around Kani City, where Onigashima (island of ogres) is located, and discovers its charm. Miwa Asao, a popular ex-volleyball athlete who represented Japan, also appears in the video.
Kani City is a prospering city located in the south-central part of Gifu Prefecture, from where Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture can also be accessed easily. Kiso River flows in the northern part of the city, and an urban area has formed on the basin that stretches out from there. The hilly land has a housing complex, an industrial park, and a golf course, among other things. During the Sengoku period, the area was an important military point, and as a result there are many castle ruins left from that time. Mori Ranmaru, who was an important vassal of the feudal lord Oda Nobunaga, was born in this area. It is also said that Japanese samurai Akechi Mitsuhide, and Nobunaga’s mother Dota Gozen were also born in the Kani City area.
Access to Kani City
Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Nagoya Airport, then approx. 30 min. from Nagoya Airport to Nishiharu Station, and finally approx. 50 min. from Nishiharu Station to Shin Kani Station via the Meitetsu Inuyama Line.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour 40 min. from Tokyo Station to Nagoya Station by a Shinkansen train, and approx. 50 min. from Meitetsu Nagoya Station to Shin Kani Station by Meitetsu limited express train.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Kani City
Hana Festa Memorial Park
A park that was made as the venue of “1995 Flower Festival in Gifu”, and that has been maintained ever since then. It is said that the rose garden with 30,000 rose bushes and 7000 different species is the largest in the world. There is a garden dedicated to the friendship with the British Royal National Rose Society, and a very elegant rose garden that was developed with various concepts. The recommended season to visit the garden is either in spring or in autumn, which is when you can see plenty of roses.
Mino Kaneyama Castle Ruins
There are 10 castle ruins within Kani City, and Mino Kaneyama Castle ruins have also been designated as a National Historic Site. There are no structures left, that would stand out, like castle towers, but part of the stone walls and moat are still left, and the place makes you really feel what it was like back in the day. In 2017, the place was chosen in the “Japan’s Top 100 Castles: The Sequel”, which is a list created by the Japan Castle Foundation.
Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Kani City
Roadside Station Kanitte
A place that sells fresh local vegetables and special products, and has a dining area, as well. It is also a great place to buy souvenirs, as many local specialties from Gifu Prefecture, including Kani City, are sold there. The place also hosts events occasionally, especially on the weekends.
Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Kani City
Japanese taro croquette
A Japanese croquette made from taros, which are a local specialty from Kani City, that are kneaded into the croquette. The springy texture and stickiness make it popular, and it is also a popular dish in Roadside Station Kanitte, which we introduced above.
Kani City, which is a tourist area for the experienced travelers, is a relatively new area that has developed as a commuter town, and a place where you can experience history here and there.
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