[:en]The video has a very American atmosphere. The dancers in the video dance to hip-hop music inside a shopping mall. While there is little to no introduction of Mizuho City in the video, it surely makes you curious of what kind of city it is.
Mizuho City is a small city located in the Nōbi Plain in the southwestern part of Gifu Prefecture. The city is in a region that lives together with water, with Nagara River in the east, Ibi River in the west, as well as many small rivers. Because it is located in the lowlands, the river water often used to cause trouble, and because of that a dike was built around the settlement. Because the city also used to be an inn town on the Nakasendō, which was one of the five routes of the Edo period, even today the big cities can be accessed easily.
Access to Mizuho City
Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Chūbu Centrair International Airport, then approx. 25 min. from Chūbu Centrair International Airport to Kanayama Station by Meitetsu limited express train, and finally approx. 30 min. from Kanayama Station to Hozumi Station (center of the city) by a limited express train via JR Tōkaidō Main Line.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour 40 min. from Tōkyō Station to Nagoya Station by a Shinkansen train, and then approx. 25 min. from Nagoya Station to Hozumi Station by a limited express train via JR Tōkaidō Main Line.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Mizuho City
A cactus farm that produces the most cacti in the world. 90% of all the cacti produced in Japan are grown here. A wide variety of cacti grow in this farm, which can be entered for free. You may also purchase a cactus here. Even with the same variety of cactus, the size and shape is different, but since there are so many cacti from which to choose from, everyone will surely find a one they will like. The farm is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Princess Kazunomiya of the imperial family married into the family of Edo shogunate. While Princess Kazunomiya and her company were heading to Edo from Kyōto, and crossing a bridge in this area, Princess Kazunomiya wrote a song about the vividly colored autumn leaves that will eventually fall, and her own circumstances in life. Nowadays, there is no river due to riparian construction, but there is a monument, and the park is maintained as a Japanese-style garden. The park is a very famous place to view autumn leaves, and as such many people visit the park in autumn.
Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Mizuho City
Fuyū persimmon is a variety of sweet persimmons that is produced the most among Japanese sweet persimmons. While Fuyū persimmons are produced in the whole western Japan, Mizuho City is the origin. Even today, Mizuho City has the original Fuyū persimmon tree. Fuyū persimmon is delicious as it is, and sweets made of it are also delicious.
Mizuho City, the hometown of delicious persimmons, is a beautiful city that lives together with water.
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