Culture / Tour Spots in Gifu Area

  • Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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    4.0
    616 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.

    I write expensive because it’s double the price of some of the other museums, and half the length, however Japan doesn’t really do traditional tourism yet, so when you take into account that it is...

  • Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum
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    4.5
    416 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).

    Visited Shirakawa-go during the wintee illumination night last Jan 26. Unfortunately, there was no snow. Lots of tourists during that time. The place was still nice, but I think it will be more...

  • Takayama Museum of History and Art
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    4.0
    156 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.

    It is free entrance, well mantained soetime you find volounteers guiding in english, most of the explanations are in Japanese and should translate all in proper english, but still a great place...

  • Hana Festa Memorial Park
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    4.0
    109 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...

  • Mosaic Tile Museum, Tajimi
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    4.0
    63 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...

  • Kinkazan Squirrel Village
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    3.5
    82 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

  • Art & Festa Forest in TAKAYAMA
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Chishimamachi 1111
    This museum dedicated to the Takayama Festival is located a 20-minute drive from Takayama Nishi Interchange on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway. The museum’s underground dome, which was created by excavating the mountain’s slope, houses a number of exhibits. These include the Heisei Yatai, eight festival floats created from scratch for the first time in 150 years, and interactive marionette exhibit, and the world’s largest taiko drum. Once a year in spring, all of the festival floats are set up in the parking lot, where visitors can enjoy marionette shows performed atop the floats, taiko drum performances, and more. The adjacent Insect Collection of the World features exhibits including specimen of insects from around the world including Japanese Luehdorfia butterflies.

    You can catch the loop bus from the main station-well worth the trip,A large bunker displaying festival floats with mechanical puppets.On the hour each float is activated in turn-really...

  • Gifu City Museum of History
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    4.0
    68 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...

  • Hikaru Museum
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    4.5
    81 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Shishi Hall (Shishi Kaikan)
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    4.5
    39 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

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
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    3.5
    24 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.

    ルドンの作品が見たくて行ったのですが、企画展が行われていたため見られませんでした。企画展も悪くはなかったですが、メインの作品くらいはいつも見られるようにしておいて欲しい。駐車場が無料なのはいいと思います。

  • Mino-Washi Museum
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Warabi 1851-3
    This museum is located about 20 minutes from the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway Mino Interchange via National Route 156 and Prefectural Route 81. The museum introduces from various perspectives the world of Shisai style paper patchwork, with its traditions and hidden possibilities for the future, and history and techniques of Mino washi traditional Japanese paper passed down in the Mino area. The first exhibition room introduces the production areas of washi paper throughout Japan, history of washi, and papermaking technology. In the second exhibition room, they give concrete suggestions about practical uses of washi paper in everyday living spaces. In addition, you can also have a “papermaking experience” using authentic tools and natural ingredients in the workshop.

    Nice Museum located in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. But i think it should have more papers and paper exhibits on display. They had very few.

  • Former Imai Family Residence and Mino History Museum
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    24 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Izumichou 1883
    This is the former residence of the Imai family who were wealthy merchants in what today is Mino City. Originally built in the middle of the Edo Period, it was reportedly expanded in the early Meiji Period. As paper merchants and the head of the village, they were extremely wealthy, and the house was the most splendid in the region. The Meiji Period addition included a three-meter skylight. The courtyard has an elegant suikinkutsu, used to make a special dripping sound, and has been designated as one of the Top 100 Soundscapes of Japan. Mino historic museum is at the back. Its Udatsu Kura has displays on udatsu (old roof ridges) and you can learn about Niwaka (an impromptu comic play) in its Niwaka Kura.

    Mino is a small town in Gifu. the area is quite and relax. hardly to see other tourists even on Sat. Most historical buildings are located at main street. Tourist centre is the best place to buy...

  • Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science and Industry
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Kawashimatakehayamachi 1
    Located 25 minutes away from JR Owari-Ichinomiya Station by taxi, this pharmaceutical museum is inside Eisai’s Kawashima Plant. It runs various exhibits related to pharmaceuticals including the history of medicine and pharmacology. You can also see precious items such as human-powered pharmaceutical production machinery, signboards, advertisements and Meiji period (1868-1912) medicine. Because there are English explanation panels and captions, even foreign tourists can enjoy and learn. In addition, in the temporary exhibition room, they hold special exhibits introducing materials with themes based on what the curators have researched every year. It is a great place not only for adults, but for children’s research projects.

    I love medical museums and visit them whenever I am traveling. This one is devoted to pharmacology in Japan, with a strong focus on the early modern or Edo period. The museum is easily accessible...

  • Magome Wakihonjin Museum
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    3.5
    20 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.

  • Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery
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    28 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Motozumichou 1901-3
    This art gallery is located a 15-minute walk from Nagaragawa Railway Minoshi Station, and exhibits the Mino City’s prize-winning autumn “Mino Washi Akari Art Exhibit.” Inside the gallery, a town with udatsu walls (good for fire protection and symbolizing wealth) is reproduced in a soft and warm light through Mino washi (traditional Japanese paper). Although the work cannot be touched, you are free to take photographs. There is also a museum shop lined with highly artistic lanterns. The wooden two-stories building is a nationally registered tangible cultural property since it is a valuable structure that is as it was in the early Showa era (1926-1989).

    The Akari Art Hall had many really amazing lanterns! You are allowed to take pictures inside so now my camera is filled with photos of the lanterns!! They are all handmade with Washi and are all lit...

  • Hiroshige Museum of Art, Ena
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    28 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Enashi Oichou 176-1
    Located only a three-minute walk south of JR Ena Station, this museum houses works of the world-famous ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Hiroshige. Most of the collection consists of woodblock print ukiyo-e such as “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido” of his mature period, and the exhibits change nearly every month. In the Ukiyo-e Navi Room, a permanent installation, visitors can learn all about woodblock prints in an enjoyable way. An especially popular feature is the “Make Your Own Woodblock Print” corner, where visitors can use fake plates and apply layers of stamp ink to make their own woodblock print to take home.

    Really cool museum! Three blocks from Ena train station. Inexpensive entrance fee. The historic woodcut prints on display are both beautiful and intriguing. BUT WAIT, theres more, lots more. You...

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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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