Mino Washi Museum (Japanese paper Museum) is a place you should never miss when you visit Mino. Its a great fun and learning experience to participate in a short paper production course. Your teacher will assist you in all processes and produce your own Washi paper masterpiece. It requires many many years to become a real expert but you can produce your own work in 20 minute and one hour is required for drying your paper print.
Its better to make an appointment for paper production but not for just visit to the Museum.
Its a small small local train run by Nagaragawa Rainlway with one/two compartments. It runs back and forth between Mino Ohata and Gojo. The covered distance is only 72.1km. Its a cozy and slow train and one enjoys the ride very much
with country side views on both sides of the train. The train staff members were friendly and extremely helpful. The bullet train is efficient and fast but this train is slow but enjoyable.
From Nagoya, you take JL Takayama Line and change to this train to come to Mino paper town,
There are a few festival or events in the mino area during April.....
1.-Mino city has a very unique festival call HANA MIKOSHI or flowery portable shrine where pink ornaments made of "mino washi paper" parade the historical section..
The second saturday in April, 30 portable shrines walk the street shouting "oisa, Oisa"..
2.-Also the HINKOKO or puppet show held on a mountainside of the OYADA area, praying to the gods for a good harvest..The puppets which resemble scarecrow dance to the tune of flute, drum and gong..
This event happen on the second saturday of April and on November 23 , everyear..
3.- YAMA, a parade of float from 6 different region , find themself parading down to the HACHIMAN SHRINE.. This aprade has been pass down from the Edo era..
Sunday following the second saturday in April..
4.-The MINO NAGASHI-NIWAKA is a very unique play to mino area, performed in the mino dialect and local costume..
Second saturday and the following sunday in April...
Mino City invites the public to participate in artwork competition using Washi (Japanese paper). The artwork is lighted up and exhibited along the old street from Edo period (Shogun era). You can see some of the masterpieces outdoor and more in the museum. The paper work producer's is required to foster delicate taste and exquisite artistic work.
Mino History Museum is housed in former Imai ke (Imai family) house. Imai was one of the richest paper wholesale merchants in Mino city dealing with Japanese papers until 1941. It is very interesting to visit this house - you can see how various rooms are used for different purposes and, needless to say, the beauty of this rich Japanese merchant's.
Address: 1883 Izumicho
entrance fees: 300 yen (3€)
Kozuchi Kawaminato Lighthouse is standing off the city border on the bank of Nagaragawa river. It was built by Nagachika Kawamori, a feudal lord of the region, to transport Japanese paper (washi), silk and other goods. It a relatively small but its shape is uniquely charming.
Address: 1489-3, Minato-machi, Mino City
It's off the center of Mino city but one can walk and come here in 15 minutes on foot. Its a beautiful and calm nature area. Nagaragawa (Nagaragawa river). You can hear pleasant murmuring sound of the River. It was in the first week of November when I got there. I enjoyed the combination of the gentle sound of the running water, autumn leaves all along the River, the Mino Bridge and the silhouette of the mountains on the surface of the River.
Mini City conserved the streets and houses of Edo ("Shougun) era. Being in and strolling in Mino, is easily caught by the feeling that one's clock rolled back 200-300 hundred years. Its a good town to see how traditional architecture and arts have been so carefully cherished and conserved.
Fondest memory: Participationn in Washi (Japanese paper) is a very interesting experience. Walking along the Edo period streets and dine in a typically Japanese restaurant is really a fun. To be surrounded by the natural beauty on the Nagaragawa River is very refreshing and peaceful.