Nakatsugawa is situated approximately 120 miles (193 kilometers) west of Tokyo, the national capital, and 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Nagoya.
When you are visiting Nakatsugawa, don't miss the chance to spend some time at the Nakatsugawa Children's Science Museum.
Nakatsugawa isn't the only spot in Gifu worth seeing; visitors with plenty of time should also drive a little further out to experience the special qualities of the nearby countryside, cities and towns. Visit the Hiroshige Museum of Art and Enakyo Prefectural Natural Park in Ena, some 6 miles (10 kilometers) to the northeast of Nakatsugawa.
Organize some transportation and spend half a day in Nagoya, a shopping and transport center for the region, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) away from Nakatsugawa. This regional center has a range of attractions, including Snova Hashima, Nagoya-Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tsurumai Park. Nagoya University, Nagoya Castle and Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art are some more interesting sights in Nagoya that should be on every visitor's list.
Many travelers agree that one of the nicest gestures you can offer to locals you'll encounter in your travels is to make the effort of understanding a little of their language. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is handy. It means "Would you like to dance with me?" Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
When the time comes to return to your friends and family at home, you'll be bidding this special place a sad Sayōnara (farewell).