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  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Gifu City Museum of History
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    4.0
    65 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...

  • Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Kasaharachou 2082-5
    This tile museum is in Kasahara-cho, Tajimi City, Japan's leading mosaic tile production area. They have an array of displays, including a huge collection of domestic tiles from the Showa period, descriptions of the manufacturing process and tile history, and the latest in tile information. The building itself is a must-see. Designed by the world-renowned architect Terunobu Fujimori, it's inspired by a saidojo pottery clay pit. You can also try your hand at making original accessories at their workshop.

    Visited this place with family 2 years old child. Have all kids facilities like strollers can be taken in side have kids diaper changing room and elevators. Museum is nice and building architecture...

  • 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).
  • 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...

  • Toson Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4256-1
    This is a memorial hall for literary master Toson Shimazaki, active from the Meiji to Showa periods, and is located in Magome-juku, Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture. Built on the site of the Toson household, the designated daimyo inn of Magome-juku, 5,000 items including documents, scripts and personal effects donated by oldest son Kusuo Shimazaki have been collected and displayed. Among these, highlights include the handwritten manuscripts of “Wakanashu”, “Yoake Mae”, “Arashi”, and his last work Toho-no-Mon”. His Oiso Town, Kanagawa Prefecture study where he spent his final days has been restored, and through the displays one can learn about the author’s whole life.

    As my major was literature, I am interested in Toson’s novels. This is one of the reasons why I visited Magome. If you don’t know him, you had better to read his works first. Then, your visit will be...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Gifu City Science Center
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    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Honjou 3456-41
    Fun for kids and adults, the Gifu City Science Center underwent renewal and re-opening in 2016, with about 50 new exhibits out the total 90. It is being praised for including more hands-on exhibits. The planetarium features a variety of programs, notably a live commentary on the starry sky that night. There are also many events to enjoy while you learn science. Approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Nishi-Gifu Station.
  • Kinkazan Squirrel Village
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    3.5
    80 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

  • Gero Museum of Hot Springs
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima 543-2
    This museum is a ten-minute walk from Gero Station. They present both scientific and cultural perspectives on hot springs around Japan. There are five exhibit areas: Science of Hot Springs, Cultures of Hot Springs, Welcome to Gero Onsen, The Room of Dr. Onsen, and Omoshiro Challenge! Hot Springs! You can actually check the salinity and pH of a hot spring and learn about the history of Gero Onsen through valuable photos, materials, a diorama, and more. Books on hot springs are also available. They have a foot bath you can walk in, too.

    We went up to the museum to try the foot bath and paid the small entrance fee. We didn’t expect the museum itself to be such a highlight but it was. The man working there was so helpful and even...

  • Glass Museum Koma
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachousannomachi 1-17
    An art museum located a five minute walk from Hida-Furukawa Station on the Takayama Main Line. The museum displays glassware produced in Japan from the end of the Edo period to the early Showa period, and the museum’s collection spans some 800 pieces. The pieces on display are extremely diverse, and include miniature lamps, shaved ice bowls, and glass timepieces; many draw the eye with their vivid coloring. The museum also has uranium glass pieces which glow with a characteristic fluorescent luster. Be sure to note the museum’s Taisho Roman-style exterior, which blends in with the surrounding townscape. The museum is closed during the New Year’s holidays and also only opens on Saturdays and Sundays from December to February.

    明治・大正・昭和初期のガラス製品を展示しているということですが、年始に行ったので閉館してました。しかし外観がすごく素敵です。白壁に格子柵そしてドアだけ茶色とツートンカラーのレトロな感じの建物で、建築ファンには見ていただきたいです。

  • Hida no Sato
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamiokamotomachi 1-590
    This facility is located close to the Hida no Sato bus stop, about a 10-minute ride on the Sarubobo Bus from JR Takayama Station. This open air museum consists of Hida no Sato, a removed and restored old valuable kominka (old house) with a gassho (large thatched roof) style, and its sister facility Folk Village. In the museum, there are 30 kominka, representative of Hida, and they form the landscape of an old agricultural mountain village. Each kominka exhibits old everyday tools, and there are demonstrations of straw craft and Hida quilted clothes. Sangaku Museum in the Folk Village displays historical materials of mountain climbing, and plant and animal specimens.
  • Gujo-Hachiman Hakurankan
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    4.0
    58 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...

  • Hichiso Precambrian Museum
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Kamogunhichisouchou Nakasou 1160
    This museum is located in Hichiso Town, Kamo District. It has many exhibits with materials to learn about the 4.6 billion-year history of the earth from its creation until the present, including “Japan’s oldest stone.” Japan’s oldest stone was discovered in the riverbed of the nearby Hida River in 1970, and is a Kamiaso conglomerate containing gneiss clasts from over 2 billion years ago. You can learn while enjoying the relationship between people and nature with exhibits such as “the world’s oldest stone” discovered in northern Canada that is 3.96 billion years old, and a quiz corner where you can win prizes.

    JR上麻生駅から歩いて20-30分にある道の駅の隣にある、UFOの形をした展示館は目を引きますが、数十年前のスタイルの展示館です。上麻生の地で最古の石が出たとのことで、その石が展示されています。当日は列車待ち時間があまりなかったので入館は出来ませんでしたが、土曜日でも入館する人は見かけなかった。時間がある時に一度は利用したいと思います。

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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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