Gifu, located in the west heart of Central Japan, is filled with rich nature and Japanese traditions. The iconic area of Gifu Shirakawago is the villages consisting Japanese traditional houses with thatched and steep roofs called Gassho-Zukuri. Shirakawago changes its face by season: cherry blossoms in spring, greenery plants in summer, red-tint leaves in autumn and snow-covered landscape with light-up in winter. You can also enjoy eating and shopping regional food and souvenirs in the well-preserved old town Takayama. Takayama is visited by numerous tourists especially during the season of Takayama Festival held in spring and autumn. There is Gero Onsen, one of the greatest onsen towns in Japan, in the center of Gifu.