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Must Visit Destinations in Japan's Gifu Prefecture - Silk Worms in the Attic, Gunpowder Downstairs and a Pond a Mother Would Love

My destination was Shoryudo, called the “Dragon-rise Region,” located in the middle of Honshū, Japan’s main island. Comprised of two regions, Chūbu and Hokuriku & nine prefectures, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie and Shiga, Shoryudo is located between Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan's heartland.

Usually when I visit Japan, I head straight to Tokyo.

I love the bright lights, the energy, the hurry-and-get-out-of-my-way attitude of people rushing from work to metro and home again. I love the technology and the great Izakaya bars serving yakitori and small plates.

I adore the ramen and dry soba bowl joints where a meal and a beer costs next to nothing. I love the rows of densely packed yakitori, udon and tempura stalls in hidden corners of the city like Shinjuku's Memory Lane (Omoide Yokocho) and the soon-to-be-torn down Tsukiji Fish Market.

I love all that and more, but for my latest trip I wanted to "light out for the territory" as Huck Finn said.