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  • MALera Gifu
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Motosushi Mitsuhashi 1100
    MALera Gifu is a shopping mall of approximately 200 shops, including clothes, boutique, and food shops, as well as restaurants and entertainment facilities. The large shopping center is home to popular fast fashion brands and with fun events held from time to time it’s a great place for both adults and children. Charging points for electric cars are also available in the parking lot.

    大型ショッピングモールです。なんでもあるので、家族それぞれの希望に応えられます!レストランも豊富です!が、週末のお昼はどの店もすごい行列でした

  • World Freshwater Aquarium
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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.
  • Kusakabe Folk Museum
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Oushinmachi 1-52
    The Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture is located in a building that was originally the mansion of the Kusakabe family, merchants who were closely associated with the Bakufu (Shogunate). The mansion was rebuilt in 1879; with its impressive interlocking beams and wide spaces, it can fairly be described as a masterpiece of vernacular architecture that embodies the apogee of Edo period craftsmanship. The building’s single most impressive feature is the magnificent Butsudan (family Buddhist altar) which cost 300 Ryo (around 10 billion yen in today’s money) to construct. When the mansion burnt down in 1875, the Butsudan was saved; today, this resplendent altar is renowned in Takayama as a place of great spiritual power.

    This is a beautiful building although sparsely furnished it still gives you a sense of life back in the day. We visited in winter so appreciated how cold these places can get! Wouldnt say this was a...

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    4.0
    152 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 is a small museum keeping not so big collection but well represented the regional history. More tempting is the planting landscape that is colourful and peaceful worth a mediation.

  • Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan)
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Sakuramachi 53-1
    The Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan) is a museum in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture that is dedicated to Karakuri. Karakuri are mechanically-operated moving human figures and models that are displayed on the floats that parade through Takayama during the Takayama Matsuri (Takayama Festival), one of the “Three Great Festivals of Japan”; they are controlled using strings, springs and clockwork, etc. The Shishi Hall’s “Karakuri Performance,” in which visitors are able to see how expertly the Karakuri are operated, was selected as a one-star item in the Michelin Travel Guide. There is also a display of approximately 300 ceremonial “lion heads” from all over Japan; as the only exhibition of its kind in Japan, this lion-head display has been designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

    Amazing exhibition of the floats used during processions which are huge and finely decorated. Well worth a visit

  • Hida Takayama Museum of Art
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamiokamotomachi 1-124-1
    Located in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, the Hida Takayama Museum of Art has an extensive collection, centering on glassware and fin-de-siècle art. The Museum’s collection of around 1,000 items has a particular focus on the art nouveau style that flourishing in Europe towards the end of the 19th century, as well the subsequent art deco movement and modern glassware, etc. The Museum buildings have won worldwide acclaim for the way they harmonize beautifully with the surrounding natural environment. The Hida Takayama Museum of Art was awarded three stars in the 2007 edition of the “Michelin Orange Guide to Japan” (focusing on museums, galleries, etc.) and three stars in the 2009 “Michelin Green Guide to Japan” (travel guide).
  • Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum
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    4.5
    408 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi 2499
    Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum is an open-air museum that was created by relocating traditional Gasshozukuri-style farmhouses that were no longer in use as residences from Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture. There are a total of 26 Gasshozukuri farmhouses, of which nine have been designated by Gifu Prefecture as Important Cultural Properties; the Museum brings alive the lifestyle of days gone by. Within the Museum grounds there is a restaurant selling hand-made Soba noodles, and a shop selling confectionery, making the Museum a great place for a relaxing stroll. Between mid-April and the end of October the Museum holds a range of special experiential activities, where visitors can try their hand at making Warazori (traditional straw sandals), making Soba noodles, etc. (please note that advance booking is required for these activities).

    Not to be missed, only regret is that we did not stay back there for the night. We did a day trip by Nohi bus on our way from Kanazawa to Takayama. We took the first bus out from Kanazawa, deposited...

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Usa 4-1-22
    An art museum located in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture dedicated to the theme of coming in contact and engaging in a dialogue with beauty. The entire museum building is barrier-free. The spacious, verdant grounds are dotted with sculptures, giving visitors the chance to appreciate art while going for a stroll. The museum has a large collection of pieces by artists born in and connected to Gifu Prefecture as well as by artists from around the world, such as key French symbolist painter Odilon Redon’s Closed Eyes. A 15-minute walk from JR Nishi-Gifu Station.

    11月にリニューアルしたばかり! 嬉しいことに年内無料!大チャンス 新しくなり写真撮影OKのエリアが圧倒的に多くなりました。 一部のみ撮影禁止エリアには #ムンク...

  • Nawa Insect Museum
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Omiyachou 2-18 within Gifu Park
    This insect museum in Gifu City, Gif Prefecture is the oldest museum of its kind still in existence. Founded in 1919, the museum is affiliated with the Nawa Insect Research Center established by Yasushi Nawa, who famously discovered the Gifu butterfly (Luehdorfia japonica). The museum possesses more than 300,000 specimens representing 12,000 varieties of insect from around the world. The museum also breeds and researches a variety of insects. The museum is still located in its original western-style Meiji-era building, a registered tangible cultural property. The museum is located a short bus trip headed towards Nagara from either JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station and a two-minute walk from the Gifu Koen Rekishihakubutsukanmae bus stop.

    It is not a very big collection but interesting to have a look, focused on beetles and butterflies. If you are around and have time, it costs 500 yen and can be seen in 1 hour. More interesting than...

  • Club Block
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Yanagasedori 1-7 Mitsukoshi Building 3F
    Located in the Yanagase Shopping District of the city of Gifu, this club features hip hop, R&B, and reggae. It frequently invites dancers, DJs, and other artists for live events. In addition to operating a club, this establishment also rents space to organizations and individuals for private events.
  • Little Village Birth
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi 4-65-3
    This is the first Hawaiian-style bar in the city of Takayama. The interior decor is basically white with a bar that suggests a corrugated metal roof and a lush array of foliage, so that patrons feel as if they are in a foreign country or in a cabin at a tropical resort.
  • Kamagatani Sports Park
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    Gifu Pref. Ibigunikedachou Yamahora 367-1
    Kamagatani Sports Park is situated on the slopes of the Kamaga-tani Valley. In the center of the park there is a roofed rest area and a pond; the park is also equipped with wooden play equipment for children, with the 55 meter-long jumbo roller slide being especially popular with kids. There is also a large lawn area on which visitors can enjoy playing disc golf, etc., and a 780 meter-long jogging track circuit. There are cherry trees growing in the park, so in the cherry blossom season visitors can bring a groundsheet and sit on the lawn to admire the cherry blossom.
  • Hirugano Kogen Bokka no Sato
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    4.0
    93 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.

    Great place for family outing, kids will love this place! My daughter loves feeding animals so this is the place for her!

  • The Site of Reversible Destiny Yoro Park
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    3.5
    89 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 went there around 3 pm on a holiday. Admission is 700 yen per adult, I thought it pricy as a park. There were quite a few visitors, the inside of the building was packed a people enjoying taking...

  • Magome Wakihonjin Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4253-1
    This is a historical archive in Magome, Nakatsugawa City. The building is a reproduction of Wakihonjin (a residence owned by a local influencer offered as lodgings) Yawataya in Magome-juku which was destroyed in a great fire in 1895 and exhibits archives of household effects of the time and visitors can learn about the culture of the Kisoji district in the Edo period.

    It is a small museum in Magome. Wakihonjin was a hotel for vip in Edo Time. The building of the museum is a reconstruction, but it displays various documents at that time and is worthy to take a look.

  • Hana Festa Memorial Park
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Kanishi 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.

    Its a super huge park with bushes of roses, some climbing roses everywhere. I can say that I walk into a maze of roses and one could really get lost in the sweet scent. The park is divided into 2...

  • Kanbora Hotarunosato Park
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Kambora
    Kanbora Hotarunosato Park is located on Prefectural Route 291 in Kanbora, Mino City. It is known as a famous place for fireflies, and firefly protection activities by local residents include cleaning and cultivating their food. You can observe dancing fireflies peaking at around eight o’clock in the evening from middle to late June.
  • Enakyo Wonderland
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Nakatsugawa shi Gifu prefecture Nokokawa 5735-209
    At Enakyo Wonderland, the whole family can enjoy a great day out, with a wide range of attractions and craft activities; many of the attractions are suitable for toddlers (with parental supervision). The pirate-themed “Caribbean” water-park (which is only open in the summer), which has lots of fun activities for both adults and children, including water-slides and an adventure playground, is especially popular. Enakyo Wonderland is located around eight minutes’ drive from the Ena Interchange of the Chuo Expressway.

    小4と中1の子供を連れて夏休みに行きました。 どの乗り物も園児-低学年向けです。 田舎なのに駐車場代もかかるし、とくとくパックの値段を考えると家族で行くには内容の割には高いと感じます。どの乗り物も乗っている時間は短いし。 まぁでも昔ながらの遊園地も必要かなと思うので、潰れずに頑張って欲しいです。

  • 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.

    石好きにはたまらないと思います。片手間でやっている感じではなく細かいことまで拘って作られています。ピラミッドや迷路、宝石探しだけ聞くとアミューズメント性が強くなりますが、きちんとした石の説明だったりなかなか見ることができない大きさの鉱山だったり。機会があったらまた行きたい。今度はピラミッドカレー食べたい。ただ、交通の便が悪く車がないと厳しいかな。興味のない人は行かない方がいいです。時間つぶしできる...

  • Sekigahara War Land
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Fuwagunsekigaharachou Sekigahara 1701-6
    The Sekigahara War Land is a 33,000 squre meter resource center imagined as an amusement park, in which the Battle of Sekigahara is re-enacted, realistically depicting the battle with 240 lifesize figures spread across the wide grounds. With a reservation for the lounge, you can hear historical interviews for free. And you can enjoy some steak made with Hida beef or Omi beef in the adjacent restaurant. Five minutes by car via Sekigahara Interchange on the Meishin Expressway.

    The most hilarious display I have ever seen in Japan. I cant speak Japanese but I still had a blast with my kids walking around the park. If was a bit pricey but in the end, the photos we were able...

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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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