Building the most beautiful village in Japan with the most delicious food
Regional：Maze, Gero / Gifu
Sweetfish in Maze River are highly regarded for its superior taste. The reason for this is that the delicious sweetfish are protected by the local people. Since the 1940s, they have systematically stocked and managed the sweetfish, while also proactively engaging in volunteer activities, such as river cleaning activities and declaring its surrounding forest as a “fish conservation forest.” The local people have spared no effort in order to protect the taste of the sweetfish.
Local foods Sweetfish
Due to its beautiful looking and the taste, there are many ways of cooking sweetfish and it is an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Above all, sweetfish in Maze River have won the prize in the “Sweetfish Taste Contest” among sweetfish from all over Japan: the deliciousness is guaranteed. The charcoal-cooked “salt-baked” sweetfish are particularly highly regarded.
In the Maze region, there are countless dishes that you can enjoy the rich food culture of the mountain villages. For instance, “Hoba-zushi” (sushi rice covered in a magnolia leaf), mountain stream fish dishes, handmade miso made from wheat husks, and pickled indigenous vegetables such as turnips are dishes that you must try.
The Maze Satoyama Museum is a model area for scenic preservation in the Maze region which is registered with the NPO “The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan.” In the Sugou area and around the Soshima Hachiman Shrine, which is the place with a beautiful view declared as the “Ten Best Views in Maze” by the local people, visitors can enjoy the view of a mountain village including clear streams, forests that protect the living environment of fish, paddy fields, shrines, and temples: these sceneries will remain clear in your memory forever.
The salt-baked sweetfish tastes particularly good in the magical atmosphere at night while watching “fire fishing” on the Maze River, a traditional method of driving the fish into the net using bonfires and torches. Take the time to walk around the Satoyama Museum while gazing at the beautiful scenery and enjoy a friendly conversation with the local people.
It takes approximately 1 hour to get to the Maze region on the JR Takayama Line from Takayama City (train), and 30 minutes by car from Gero Station (Gero Onsen). It is about 1 hour from Gujo Hachiman by car. From all of these regions, you can enjoy Maze either as a brief stop, a day return or an overnight stay (at hot spring hotels or ryokan).