Top Ten Japan Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Flyfish in Old Country
By Brent Madison

Break away from the crowds and while away the days fishing the remote rivers of the central mountain ranges, often nicknamed the "Japanese Alps." Rent a car and head to Maze village, a tiny old-fashioned community in southern Gifu prefecture and an idyllic spot, great for finding amago, iwana and the home-town favorite, ayu or "sweet fish." The village is tucked into the mountains along the Maze River and prefectural Route 257 right in the middle of (you got it) nowhere. A haven for fishers, the Maze River rushes through 3,000-foot mountains and features a myriad of hidden pools lined with freestone beds and varied waters. After a long day of throwing line, visit the village historical museum and overnight along the peaceful river.


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