A city with old townscape and washi Japanese paper
The area was first built in early 17th century when Edo feudal government (Tokugawa shogunate) started. The town then was commercially developed as a logistics base in Nagara-gawa river, via which the well known “Mino-washi” Japanese paper was delivered to larger cities. The paper was designated a Traditional Craft by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1985.
Another highlight of Mino-city is “Udatsu” roofing, originally built as firewall between houses, which was started in use since the formation of the city. The old downtown area is designated as important traditional building group conservation area by the national government in 1999.
The city government nicely put together the details and useful information below.
Maps & brochures: http://www.mino-city.jp/en/pamphlet/index.html
Refer to the below articles for photos of the old downtown and the udatsu roofing as well as of lighting equipment using mino-washi paper.
Your “post town” on the way from Takayama to Kyoto
How to get there from Shinkansen route?
As you can see from the below access chart from the city government site, driving a car could be the fastest and convenient way to reach Mino-city as it sits on TOKAI HOKURIKU Expressway (connecting Aichi and Toyama prefectures). With public transportation, Nagaragawa railway connects the city with JR Mino-Ohta station, which is directly accessible from both JR Nagoya and JR Gifu. From Nagoya to Mino-city, it takes 1 – 1.5 hour depending on whether to use an express train or not. Gifu Bus company directly connects Mino-city with Nagoya (http://www.gifubus.co.jp/highway/nagoya/), but it takes 2 hours.
Nagaragawa Railway timetable (click on the top center PDF)
— station #0: Mino-Ohta, #11: Mino-city, #25 Gujo-Hachiman,
— train#4 and #15: Slow down at scenic spots between station #13 and #25
Nicely connected with Gujo-Hachiman then with Takayama
Although not conveniently located from Tokaido Shinkansen (connecting Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka) route, Mino-city has a great connection to Gujo-Hachiman (Hachiman district of Gujo-city), another old town known for clear water streams, bon-odori dancing, and Gujo-Hachiman castle. Since the town is only 80 min away by highway bus to Takayama, the route can be built into your connection between Takayama and Kyoto. The below map provided by the city government shows where Mino-city is located relative to these other cities.