Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Gifu Area

  • Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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    4.0
    624 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 178
    The Takayama Festival is one of Japan’s three great Hikiyama Festivals and registered a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. This hall has a standing exhibit of yatai, the gorgeous floats that are the festival’s main attraction. It’s on the precincts of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, at the center of the festival action. Four of the 11 yatai used in the fall’s Takayama Festival are on display, and they change them annually in March, July, and November. They also maintain a TV room where you can watch a video of the festival, as well as a reference area with festival paraphernalia and documents. It’s a great way to learn about the festival’s history and happenings in detail.

    Nice little museum with 5 beautiful floats in. with the price of entry you also get a ticket to go in the exhibition of the scale model of Nikko Tosho-gu. I found bot museums interesting.

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    4.0
    161 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamichinomachi 75
    The Takayama Museum of History and Art in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture has a collection of around 75,000 items relating to folk traditions, of which 900 are on permanent display. There are 14 display rooms with exhibits focusing on how the castle town developed and the unique culture of its residents; topics covered by the displays include the Takayama Festival, “machiya” (traditional wooden townhouses), the creation of the castle town, famous writers and artists that had a connection to the Takayama area, and the famous monk and Buddhist statue carver Enku, who also had a close connection with the Hida area. The buildings in which the Museum is located were originally warehouses, built from Japanese Cypress wood, belonging to the Nagata family of merchants; they are highly atmospheric. There is no charge for entry to the Museum.

    This free museum displays artifacts and crafts from the local area and gives you an insight into Takayamas background. Some displays are in English.

  • World Freshwater Aquarium
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    4.5
    135 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Kawashimakasadamachi 1453
    The World Freshwater Aquarium recreates a natural freshwater environment with a focus on fish found in the Nagara River from its source to the river mouth, and freshwater fish from around the world. The aquarium houses around 220 species of fish and amphibians totaling about 20,000 animals, and about 30 species of aquatic plants with about 2,000 plants in all. The aquarium features the world’s largest river environment learning zone and one of the world’s leading displays on breeding freshwater animals. The whole building is easily accessible for wheelchair users, and there is a restaurant and shops selling original goods. It is also possible to hire out the aquarium and restaurant after closing as a venue for events.

    so many fishes weve never seen, their collection is great also we enjoyed feeding the fishes and you can also touch the huge turtles so definitely the kids will have fun, food trucks outside are...

  • Gifu World Rose Garden (Flower Festival Memorial Park)
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    4.0
    114 Reviews
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    Gifu Kani-shi Seta 1584-1
    This is a theme park focused mainly on roses located in Seta, Kani City in Gifu Prefecture. The park boasts being one of the world largest rose gardens, and is about 17 times larger than Nagoya Dome, and has roughly 300 million rose bushes in 7,000 varieties. Also, there are a variety of facilities where visitors can enjoy different seasonal flowers such as the “Rose Theme Garden” which presents 17 different themes according to each season, the great “World Flowers Greenhouse” and the 45 meters high observation “Flower Tower.” The “Rose Festival” is held in spring and autumn.

    バラやヒマワリ、コスモス等、四季折々の花々を楽しむことが出来る公園です。歩き疲れるくらいの広さでもなく、普通に周遊するだけでも1時間もかけずに回れるため、小さなお子さんや身体に障碍がある方でも充分に楽しめます(園内の至るところにバリアフリーの設備があり、安心して利用できます)。公園内をはっきりと区画割りしているのも特徴的で、それぞれの区画の導線もシンプルであるため、迷うことはまず無いと思います。徒...

  • Hirugano Kogen Bokka no Sato
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Takasuchouwashimi 2756-2
    Hirugano Kogen Bokka-no-sato is a farming theme Park providing visitors with a range of hands-on activities to do with plants and animals. The huge flower field is divided into four gardens and it is strikingly colored with flowers and green throughout the seasons. The farm is home to various animals such as horses, alpacas, sheep and rabbits. Events are held from time to time each season. In the park restaurant and cafe you can enjoy fresh food from Hirugano Highland and local foods from Mino and Hida. There is also a hot-spring where you can enjoy a herbal and outdoor bath.

    Quiet beautiful place. Animal feeding (horses and llamas were so sweet), train rides, delightful bakery on site, set in the Japanese countryside. Gorgeous landscape even without the flowers in full...

  • Takayama Showa Museum
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    4.5
    138 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Shimoichinomachi 6
    "Takayama Showakan is an indoor museum with displays that recreate the retro townscape of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It is located near the Yasukawa Intersection along National Route 158, which bisects the entertainment district of the city of Takayama. Aspects of the life and culture of that era are faithfully portrayed, including old-style candy stores and hostess bars. Looking at the actual advertising boards from that era, visitors feel as if they have traveled back in time. Another feature of this museum is that visitors can touch and handle actual artifacts of the period and ride vehicles that are placed along the ""street."" Of course, photography is allowed. Materials concerned with pro wrestling and World War II give visitors a full sense of what life was like back then."

    Initially, I am reluctant to pay 1k ¥ to visit the museum but felt worth the penny when I finished the tour. We spent almost an hour here i think. There are some many places to take photos and the...

  • Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum
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    4.0
    113 Reviews
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    Gifu Kakamigahara-shi Shimogiricho 5-1
    "The Gifu-Kamigahara Air and Space Museum is located approximately 4 km from Kakamigahara Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Meitetsu Kakamigahara Line, and was opened in 1996 (Heisei 8). It is the only museum in Japan dedicated to the history of air and space, and in its 9400 square meters of exhibition space, the Wright Brothers' ""Wright Flyer,"" the former Army fighter ""Hien,"" and a life-size model of the ""Zero-sen"" are on display."

    A somewhat out of the way location. With GPS it was found. The aircraft examples inside are remarkable. The information is quite interesting. I found the space section to be very good. I can’t say...

  • The Site of Reversible Destiny Yoro Park
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    3.5
    92 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Takabayashi 1298-2 In the Yoroko Park
    This theme park is located in Yoro Park of Yoro District, Gifu Prefecture. It is the realization of a plan over 30 years in the making by globally renowned artist Shusaku Arakawa and the poet Madeline Gins. The park interior is formed from two pavilions, the “Kyokugen de Niru Mono no Ie” (House of Extreme Resemblance) and “Daenkei no Fiirudo” (Elliptical Field), which turn it into an expansive art space that offers a mysterious experience you can enjoy directly.

    I had been wanting to visit here for a while and was quite disappointed. Its unique and interesting for sure, but we were really disappointed at how poorly maintained it was. Moss growing on many...

  • Takasu Snow Park
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Takasuchounishibora 3086-1
    Located in Okumino the Takasu Snow Park is the largest ski resort in western Japan. The top of the ski slope is 1550 meters above sea level and the longest slope is 4800 meters long. There are 12 slopes in total. The half pipe has also been designed to be enjoyable for both novices and more experienced skiers and snowboarders. There is also a ski and snowboard school. Inside there are changing rooms places to eat and drink shops and an area for kids to play free of charge. At the summit cafe you can take a break from the slopes while enjoying the spectacular scenery.

    More snowboarders here but equally suitable for Skiers like me. Mostly red slopes with good choice for beginners. A few snow parks for boarders. I particularly appreciate that most courses are long...

  • Hikaru Museum
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    4.5
    85 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nakayamamachi 175
    This museum is in a residential area of Nakayama-machi, Takayama City, bordered by the Kawakami River and National Route 41. Its exterior really stands out. Made of stone, it’s built to look like a Mesoamerican pyramid with a temple atmosphere. It primarily exhibits ancient artifacts and works of art like Japanese paintings, ukiyoe prints, and crafts. There are lots of displays that kids will like, including realistic models of dinosaurs, fossil replicas, and fossils excavated from Hida. Plenty of other items are on display across their expansive site too, which includes a Noh theater and an outdoor exhibition area.

    Visit this place for its amazing architecture. As for what is inside the building, the opinion seems to be divided but its a little bit of everything under the sun from dinosaurs to modern art. There...

  • Dynaland
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Takasuchounishibora 3035-2
    Dynaland was the first ski slope in western Japan to light up its slopes and also hold firework festivals. There are a total of 20 slopes for beginners intermediate and advanced skiers. The ski resort has a neon park for nighttime skiing and ‘chibikko plaza’ where young children can enjoy playing in the snow. The ski school also offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for children. Facilities include changing rooms restaurants shops and equipment rental. There is also a daycare facility on request.

    Good for day trips as only 1.5h away from Nagoya and tour bus packages are available. However, for a longer stay, one does gets tired of doing the same 2 runs (1 green and 1 red). Perhaps it will be...

  • Gifu City Museum of History
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Omiyachou 2-18-1 Gifu Park
    Gifu City Museum of History is a historical museum operated by the city of Gifu, located in Gifu Park at the foot of Mt. Kinka. The museum is divided into four areas: prehistoric to medieval times, the warring states period, the early modern and contemporary periods, and traditional crafts. Since the museum deals with history as it affected Gifu, the warring states area is large, given Gifu's connections with the life of Oda Nobunaga, a major figure of that period. Exhibits are designed to depict his influence on Japanese culture. The museum contains several areas for experiential learning, such as one where visitors can try on traditional armor and come directly in touch with history.

    Our first stop in Gifu, from Nagoya after alighting at from Meitetsu bus. This Museum is just near the Park that leads to ropeway up Mt Kinka. A mid-sized and nice museum, entry 300 Yen Not many...

  • Kinkazan Squirrel Village
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    3.5
    79 Reviews
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    Gifu Prefecture Gifu City Kanghwa Mountain peak
    The Kinkazan Squirrel Village preserves the nature around it and is blessed with a sunny, green environment. It was the first squirrel village in Japan at its founding in 1965. You can feed the squirrels by entering the cage, putting on leather gloves and giving food to the tame squirrels. Right next to Kinkazan Ropeway’s Sancho Station.

    Squirrels are forest dwellers.xa0So its certainly NOT OK to keep these wild animals in a small gated area, to be continually handled and touched by humans, pure for money. A DISGRACE

  • Gin No Mori
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    3.5
    59 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Enashi Oichou 2711-2
    This forest park at the lush foot of Mt. Ena is a great place for a leisurely stroll and dining on delicious cuisine. It’s located as you reach Enakyo Gorge, about a five-minute drive from Ena Station. It’s bordered by the Agikawa River and strolling on the tree-lined boardwalk will give you a chance to view seasonal flowers. You may even catch sight of a kamoshika, or Japanese serow. The park is dotted with shops and restaurants, including Mikuriya, a cafe that offers Japanese confections made with chestnuts, and Mori-no-Shokutaku, an Italian restaurant. There is a cafe terrace as well, where you can enjoy a delicious, relaxed meal in the midst of nature.

    緑豊かな敷地に料亭やカフェ、洋菓子・和菓子の専門店やショップが点在していて、どちらかと言えば女性の好みそうな雰囲気のところでした。ショップでは栗の焼酎や種類豊富な冷凍ピザやチーズ等購入しましたがいずれも高品質なものでした。

  • Gujo-Hachiman Hakurankan
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoutonomachi 50
    This museum presents an overview of the town of Gujo-Hachiman. Built in 1920, the former tax office has been renovated and now has a Western-style retro atmosphere. Visitors learn about Gujo-Hachiman in sections with water, history, work, and dance themes. The “Dance Corner has a stage where they hold Gujo-odori dance presentations four times daily. It offers the chance to see one of Japan's Three Major Folk Music Traditions for you.

    All in JP, but its at least easy to see a mini Gujo dance in case you cant see the real thing As a museum, not super exciting at least to me. It was mostly highlighting how important is water and...

  • Stone Museum Hakusekikan
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Hirukawa 5263-7
    The Stone Museum Hakusekikan is famous for having the largest pyramid in Japan, built from 5,500 tons of Hirukawa granite. The Museum offers a wide range of activities, including precious stone hunting, quarrying experience activities, and craft activities that involve making things by hand. The pyramid is a one-tenth scale replica of the Great Pyramid (the Pyramid of Khufu) in Egypt, with a “burial chamber” inside that houses a sarcophagus containing stones from genuine Egyptian pyramids and other commemorative artifacts. The Stone Museum Hakusekikan is located around 15 minutes’ drive from the Ena Interchange of the Chuo Expressway.

    6歳の男の子連れです。 ピラミッドの中に本格的な巨大迷路があり、とても楽しめます。 写真スポットも多く、 マイクラ好きもあり、多くの知ってる石があったようでかなり喜んでいました。 宝石さがしもとても喜んでいました。 駐車場も広くおすすめです。

  • Hirugano-Kogen Ski Resort
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Takasuchouhirugano 4670-75
    This ski resort is about a five-minute drive from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway's Hirugano-Kogen Smart Interchange. The slopes are broad and fully visible, making them safe for beginners and children. They have five beginner and three intermediate level slopes, and kids love their Hirugamo Kids Land with a big sledding hill and snow mountain play area. They hold a variety of events every Saturday and Sunday, including sledding tournaments and family obstacle races. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids three years and up, so it's the perfect venue for their first time on the slopes.

    スキー場がオフシーズンにはピクニックガーデンとして変身しきれいな花々を見ることができます。10月には桃色吐息と称しコキアやコリウス、ペチュニアを楽しめました。コキアが有名のようですが、ひたち海浜公園などと比べるとかなり小規模で株も小ぶりでした。

  • Kusakabe Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Oshinmachi 1-52
    The Kusakabe family prospered during the Edo period (1603-1868), beginning as tea peddlers, then trading between Takayama, Kyoto, and Osaka, and operating a money exchange business. It exhibits Hida folk crafts, and in October 2022, the adjoining annex will be converted into a guesthouse. The guesthouse is open until 9:00 p.m. even after closing time, and guests can experience traditional handicraft workshops if they stay for consecutive nights.

    This had been a merchant house and was beautiful and well preserved. It had some interesting artefacts downstairs but unfortunately I was unable to get up the very steep stairs to the upper floor...

  • Meiho Ski Resort
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Meihouokuzumi Mizusawao 3447-1
    On a fine day from the top of the slope you can see views of the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) from Mt. Ontake to Mt. Yari. Everyone including beginners can ski on the 5000 meter trail from the summit. Pro snowboarder Ryuji Takai created the Chikei Park. Skiers and snowboarders can also enjoy the DC Park created in collaboration with DC. Not only adults can have fun on these slopes but children also can play safely in the kid’s park the largest in western Japan. On site you’ll also find a Murasaki Sports shop and gift shops selling Okumino and Meiho souvenirs as well as a foot bath.

    十二月二十九日到這滑雪場時非常失望, 因為雪量很少, 小朋友很不快樂! 遊人都不多!比較以往真的很小雪! 大多設備都沒有開放!

  • Nihon Taishomura
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
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    Gifu Prefecture Ena City Akechi 456
    "Nihon Taisho Mura is a theme park located a five-minute walk from Akechi Station on the Akechi Railway. Volunteers manage and staff the park which is based on the concept of ""Nihon Taisho Mura, streetscapes and customs of the past."" Akechi was once a town full of yarn-making factories, and a streetscape of shops, houses, a library, and a museum from the Taisho period (1912-1926) have been recreated there and contain displays of materials and artifacts pertaining to Taisho culture. Visitors can feel as if they are in a time warp if they take the ""Haikarasan Course,"" in which they dress up in hakama (traditional culotte-style trousers) and roam around the streets in which the atmosphere of the Taisho period remains."

    You come at the end of the Akechi Line and there is nothing. Quiet and dead. There is nothing to do, just old buildings. No animation, and that is a shame because with more activities it could have...

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan’s greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture’s traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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