The 28th Japanese-Korean Combined Orthopaedic Symposium

Social Programs & Optional Tours

Golf Tour

Gifu Seki Country Club

Photo courtesy of Gifu Seki C.C.

Date & Time Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6:30-16:30
Location Gifu Seki Country Club
Meeting Point Front desk on the 1st floor, Gifu Grand Hotel
Tour Fee JPY 20,000 (including Lunch)
Reservation Please make advance reservation through our website

Official Tour

Date & Time Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10:00-15:00
Meeting Point & Time will be notified later
Tour Fee JPY 8,000 (including Lunch)
Course Udatsu in Mino-city, Mino-Washi no Sato Museum, Seki Sword Tradition Museum

UdatsuUdatsu in Mino-city

An udatsu was originally a firewall built at both ends of a roof. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), udatsu were slightly raised embellishments on both ends of a flat-gabled merchant house and were provided as a device to prevent fire. However, udatsu could only be built on full-fledged shops. Therefore, wealthy merchants competed to design udatsu as symbols of their wealth and refinement. Some have been designated as Nationally-designated Important Cultural Properties.

Mino-Washi no Sato MuseumMino-Washi no Sato Museum

The manufacturing of the Washi (Japanese taraditional paper) dates back almost 1300 years and was active in Mino-city, Gifu. The techniques of this Hon Minoshi have been approved to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2014. The history and the process of manufacture of the Mino-Washi, and tools to use for papermaking are introduced here. In addition, you can experience the papermaking.

Seki Sword Tradition Museum

Seki City is one of the most well-known and highly regarded blade-producing areas in the world. To this day, Japanese swords continue to be produced by swordsmiths in the traditional forging style that has been passed down for centuries. The Museum shows off the history and tradition of blade-making that date back over 700 years. Documents and videos are always on display for visitors to see.

Accompanying Persons' Tour

Date & Time Friday, June 15, 2018, 10:00-15:00
Meeting Point will be notified later
Tour Fee JPY 5,000 (including Lunch)
Course Gifu Daibutsu, Tea Ceremony, Sushi-Making

*Maximum number of participants: 10 persons

Gifu Great BuddhaGifu Great Buddha (Shoho-ji Temple)

The Gifu Great Buddha is 13.7 meters tall, with ears 2.1 meters long and nose 0.4 meters high. Along with the Great Buddhas at Nara and Kamakura, it is one of the three great Buddha portrait statues in Japan. It was finished in 1832, during the Edo Period (1603-1868) after 38 years of construction. It is designated as an important cultural asset of Gifu prefecture. The construction technique used for the statue was to first make molds with wood, bamboo, and clay, then layering the molds with Japanese paper decorated with Buddhist sutra, a second layer of Japanese lacquer, and a third and final layer of gilding. This is the largest statue in Japan constructed by this technique. It is known and loved as the "Basket Buddha", because of its woven bamboo framework, which resembles a basket. The serene and dignified Buddha smiling down upon his visitors makes the hall a healing and soothing space.

Chado/The Way of Tea and Sushi-Making

You can enjoy tea ceremony and Art Sushi making with a Japanese Sushi designer.
Chado or the Way of Tea is a traditional etiquette for serving guests powdered green tea. Sushi is the Japanese preparation and serving of specially prepared vinegared rice combined with varied ingredients such as chiefly seafood (often uncooked), vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits.


Date & Time Friday, June 15, 2018, 18:00-20:00
Place Forty-Three (French restaurant)
Gifu City Tower 43F
1-minute walk from JR/Meitetsu Gifu station
Tel: 058-262-7577
Fee JPY 5,000 (for early registration)
JPY 8,000 (for on-site registration)

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River (Optional)

Date & Time Wednesday, June 13, Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15, 2018, 17:00-20:00
Meeting Point & Time Gifu-city Ukai Boat Office
1-1 Minato-machi, Gifu-city, Tel: 058-262-0104
Tour Fee JPY 3,100

Cormorant fishingCormorant fishing on the Nagara River

Fishing masters use Japanese cormorants to catch fish, primarily ayu (sweetfish). The use of cormorants for fishing on the Nagara River began over 1,300 years ago, originating as a way for people to feed their families. When cormorant fishing came under the auspices of the Imperial Household Agency, the first fish caught each year were sent to the capital. Because cormorant fishing is part of the Imperial Household, the Nagara River has become a protected river, which keeps it clean and healthy, allowing cormorant fishing to continue through the ages. The birds have become such a part of Japanese lore, that they have given rise to the expression unomi, which means to "swallow whole like a cormorant" or "accept without questions", because they can swallow fish whole without choking on the scales.

1-day Optional After-Symposium Tour

Date & Time Saturday, June 16, 2018, 8:00-17:30
Meeting Point & Time will be notified later
Tour Fee JPY 15,000 (Lunch and admission fees are not included)
Course pick-up at hotels in Gifu city — Takayama city — Shirakawago — return to hotels in Gifu city

*Minimum number of participants: 10 persons

TakayamaNakabashi, TakayamaTakayama city

Takayama is located in the mountainous Hida region of northern Gifu Prefecture. It is a lovely combination of historic streets, temples, rivers and museums that attracts an increasing number of visitors.
Takayama retains a traditional touch, especially in:
- Sanno-machi Historic District, beautifully preserved old town
- Takayama Jinya, a historic government house
- museums such as Hida Takayama Matsuri no Mori, Yatai Kaikan
- traditional crafts such as Hida Shunkei lacquerware, Ichii Ittobori (carving), ceramics and porcelain and wooden furniture

Hida region is famous for Hida-gyu, known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef which meets every standard and is of the highest quality in marbling, luster, color, texture and smell.


ShirakawagoIn December 1995, Shirakawago Gassho-Zukuri Village was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name; "Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama". The gassho style of building is characterized by steep, thatched roofs. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village.
Shirakawago is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it.

List of Social Programs and Tours

  Date Early Registration
(Before May 10, 2018)
Golf Tour* June 14 (Thu) JPY 20,000
Official Tour* June 14 (Thu) JPY 8,000
Accompanying Persons' Tour* June 15 (Fri) JPY 5,000
Banquet June 15 (Fri) JPY 5,000 **
Cormorant Fishing* June 13 (Wed) - 15 (Fri) JPY 3,100
After-Symposium Tour* June 16 (Sat) JPY 15,000
  • *Advance registration through website is required
  • **JPY 8,000 for on-site registration

Application and Payment

Registration for the Symposium and application for Social Programs can be made through our website. For details, please refer to the Registration page. Application deadline: May 10, 2018.