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Place famous for cherry blossoms Spots in Gifu Area

  • Usuzumi Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Motosushi Neoitasho Upper row 995
    "An 80-minute drive from the Gifu-Hashima Interchange on the Meishin Expressway and a three-minute drive from the Motosu City Office Neo Branch Government Office. This park was built around the Usuzumi Zakura, a famous ancient cherry tree designated a National Natural Monument estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. ""Usuzumi Zakura"" translates to ""pale ink cherry tree,"" a name derived from the fact the tree appears to have been painted in pale black ink when its white blossoms fall. When the tree is in full bloom in early April, the area bustles with large numbers of visitors, and the tree is lit up at night with LED lights which do not hurt it. The tree has also been selected for inclusion in the Japan Top 100 Sakura Viewing Sites list."
  • Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Ibi-gun
    "A 60-minute, 35-kilometer drive from the Sekigahara, Ogaki, and Gifu-Hashima Interchanges on the Meishin Expressway. The Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple affectionately known as ""Tanigumi-san."" The temple's principal object of worship is an 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva statue. The temple is the 33th temple on the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and, as befits a temple which represents the end of a journey spent adhering to ascetic principles, there is an underground, pitch black Five Precepts labyrinth walked by feeling one's way in the dark and a pair of bronze carp at the entrance to the main temple building which pilgrims traditionally rub prior to ending their abstention from luxuries like meat, fish, and alcohol. The one kilometer long road leading up the shrine has been planted with alternating cherry and maple trees, and in spring visitors can walk through a veritable tunnel of cherry blossoms. Also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing, in the autumn a fall colors festival is held here as well."
  • Nakasu River One Thousand Cherry Trees
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    Gifu Anpachi-gun Anpachi Cho Nakasu
    These cherry trees are along the Nakasu River that runs through the center of Anpachi Town which is in between the Ibi and the Nagara Rivers. A walking path runs through the nearly 1,000 cherry trees spread along both banks. They hold a cherry blossom festival yearly in early April when the trees are in bloom. The reflection of the blossoms at full bloom in the river are a sight to behold. Plum trees are also planted along the promenade. From the end of January, visitors enjoy strolling there while feeling the arrival of spring and taking in the scent of the plum blossoms.
  • Hondo Wajutei
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Anpachi-gun Wanouchi Cho Hondo
    This row of cherry trees runs along both sides of the Hondo Wajutei polder in the Hondo area in northern Wanouchi Town. At their peak in early April, it forms a-kilometer-long cherry blossom tunnel. Rape blossoms come into bloom beneath the cherry trees at the same time, making a lovely contrast of yellow and pink. There are also about 6,000 hydrangeas of roughly 20 varieties that come into bloom in June, giving it the name Hydrangea Road. Locals love walking this path throughout the year. It's about a 20-minute drive from the Gifu Hashima Interchange.
  • Narazu-tsutsumi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Hashima-gun Kasamatsucho Hachimancho
    "This row of cherry trees in Kasamatsu Town has been selected as one of the Top 33 Spots to View Cherry Blossom in the Hida-Mino region. About 200 cherry trees consisting mostly of the Yoshino variety run for about a-kilometer along both sides of the Kiso Riverbank Road. (Formerly called the ""Narazu Senbonzakura Cherry Trees,"" they were planted by the town in 1970. The Kasamatsu Spring Festival is held every year in late March. The blossoms are lit up in the evening and they also hold a Night Festival and the Kasamatsu Jinya Market."
  • Cosmo Park Hashima (Shimin-no-Mori Hashima Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Hashima-shi Takehanacho Marunouchi 6-1
    This relaxing park with seasonal flowers and trees is about a 15-minute drive from Gifu Hashima Interchange. The roughly two-hectare site features about 40,000 plants and trees like camellia, cherry trees, wisteria, and sasanqua. It has one of the city's best equipped playgrounds, with swings, monkey bars, and a playscape with a roller slide, cargo net, rope swing, and lots more. Galaxy Square in the southern part of the park has a fountain with water shooting up from the ground and falling from the arches which is a popular spot with kids especially during summer vacation.
  • Nawashiro Cherry Blossoms
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Wasa
    "This Gifu Prefecture designated Natural Monument has been selected as one of the Top 33 Spots to View Cherry Blossom in the Hida-Mino region. The two stand close together on a small hill across Yamato Bridge in the Wasa district. They are about 400 years old. The name comes from the practice of local farmers who would start preparing their rice nurseries (nawashiro) when the trees were in full bloom. As such, they were also called the ""Calendar Cherry Trees."" They're at their peak from early to mid-April. They are illuminated at night during this period when visitors come from near and far for the wonderful sight of the cherry blossoms reflected in the rice paddies."
  • Yoshida Dekiyama Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Kaizu-shi Nannocho Yoshida
    A popular cherry blossom viewing spot located about seven-minute drive from Yoro Railway's Ishizu Station on the Yoro Line. There are 1,000 mountain cherry trees along with other varieties that typically are in full bloom from late March to early April. The trees were transplanted from the nearby mountains to commemorate the creation of a cenotaph for Russo-Japanese War victims. With a profusion of blossoms as the trees have grown larger in recent years, it has become one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in the prefecture. The great variety of blossoms attracts a lot of visitors.
  • Chujo-hime-seigan-zakura Cherry Tree
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    Gifu Gifu-shi Obora 1-21-2 Ganjoji Keidai
    A cherry tree on the precincts of Ganjoji Temple, said to have been founded by Murakuni no Oyori, a warrior who served during the Onin War. With 20 to 30 petals on each flower, it's thought to be a mountain cherry tree variant. The nationally designated Natural Monument is about 1,200 years old. The name comes from Nakasho Hime, who fled to the temple to escape from her step-mother. Legend says she planted the tree to give thanks and as an offering to protect women of the future.
  • Myoken-jinja Shrine Cherry Blossoms
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gujo-shi Yamatocho Maki
    This Shinto shrine is said to have been founded in the early 13th century. Its beginnings are said to be associated with Tou Taneyuki of the Tou clan who participated meritoriously in the Jokyu War and received this territory, transferring the spirit of Myoken Bosatsu, the patron deity of the Chiba clan. Gifu Prefecture has designated the shrine's Nanoka Festival held every year on August 7th as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. About 100 cherry trees of various sizes are planted along the roughly 250-meter approach to the shrine. The tunnel of cherry blossoms that forms when the trees are in full bloom from early to mid-April has been selected as one of the Top 33 Spots to View Cherry Blossom in the Hida-Mino region.
  • Sakurano Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Takayama-shi Kokufucho Hirosemachi 510-1
    This park is one of the Hida region's best-known cherry blossom viewing spots. It's said to have gotten its start with the transplanting of 500 saplings of seven cherry varieties grown at Mt. Yoshino in the late Nanbokucho period. Meiji period development and heavy rains during the Heisei period saw its area reduced. Today about 300 Yoshino and double weeping rosebud cherry trees line 600 meters of the Miyagawa River. They are lit up at night during the mid-April full bloom period, creating a marvelous atmosphere. It has been selected as one of the 33 Best Places to View Cherry Blossom in the Hida-Mino region.
  • Shiroyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Takayama-shi Shiroyama
    This 25-hectare park is the largest in Takayama City. It's on the site of Takayama Castle, which is said to have taken Kanamori Nagachika, the lord of Hida Province, 16 years to complete. Popular with the locals, it centers on the Ninomaru Park and has walking paths, playground equipment, an open plaza, and an arbor. There are also about 700 Yoshino cherry trees, and visitors enjoy seeing the blossoms while taking in a view of the town. They're typically at their peak in mid-April. Engulfed in silence and surrounded by abundant nature, the park has been selected as one of the Top 100 Forested Valleys in Japan.
  • Kokei Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Tajimi Bentencho 3
    This park overlooks the Tajimi townscape between it and the Toki River, and is located a ten-minute drive from Tajimi Station. In the spring, this park is crowded with people who come to view the cherry blossoms that have been selected as one of the 33 Hida and Mino cherry blossoms. Inside the park, there is a viewing platform with a slide, and many people go up to the viewing platform to see a sweeping view of the town's rows of cherry blossoms that are best seen in early April. It is stunning to see approximately 400 cherry blossoms in full bloom, and you can also appreciate them in the evening. At the rest area, pepper dengaku tofu and skewered rice cakes with soy sauce and miso are sold.
  • Hananoko Lake
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Ueno 589-17
    This artificial lake surrounded by rich nature at an altitude of 560 meters has been developed as a comprehensive outdoor resort with activities such as camping, cycling, fishing and tennis. The lake is known for being extremely pretty during the spring with the cherry blossoms, and is also known for the Japanese red maple being beautiful with the lake during the fall. There are many families who visit with lunches for picnics in the spring. On the east side of the lake there is a Momiji Lake Natural Park where every September, the buckwheat flowers bloom at once. In addition, the contrast between the white flowers blooming in the garden with an area of about six hectares and the blue sky is a treat for the eyes.
  • Cherry Trees of Ushimaki Area
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Minokamo-shi Ibukacho
    This tree-lined street stretches along the Kawaura River in the Ushimaki area approximately ten minutes from the Mino-Kamo Interchange. Around 50 Yoshino cherry trees are planted along the clear stream. Since it is a street with usually very little traffic, it is a hidden gem that even many locals living in Minokamo City do not know of. The magnificent view of the street lined with cherry trees and the rocky mountains is known to changes its appearance at different times of the day, due to the different way the light shines on it in the morning and in the afternoon. In mid-April, when the flowers are in full bloom, the place is crowded with many visitors from inside and outside the prefecture come to admire the cherry blossoms.
  • Weeping Cherry Trees of Shogenji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Minokamo-shi Ibukacho 872-2
    "These cherry tree blooms on the grounds of Shoganji Temple belonging to the Myoshinji Sect of the Rinzai School are approximately 20 minutes from the Tomika-Seki Interchange. These cherries bloom splendidly in front of the Hongan of Shoganji Temple, established by Kanzan Muso Daishi in 1330. The drooping cherry are said to be 300 years old, and it is known for how the blooms enhance the solemn atmosphere of Shoganji Temple, also known as the ""Oku no In (inner shrine)"" of Myoshinji Temple. In 1971, it was also designated a cultural heritage of Minokamo City. Since it is close to another popular cherry tree viewing spot, Cherry Trees of Ushimaki Area, many people go to see both places when the cherries are in full bloom."
  • Koyama Kannon / Koyama Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Minokamo-shi Shimoyonedacho Koyama 104
    This Kannon-do (temple dedicated to Kannon) of the Hida River is located within Hida-Kisogawa Quasi-National Park. A Bato Kannon (horse-headed Kannon) is enshrined on Naka no Shima, an island that used to be connected to land. This building has a connection with a warrior of the late Heian period called Yoshinaka Kiso, and now is worshiped as the principal object of worship that grants wishes for health, protection during travel and childbearing. Every year on the first Sunday of March, the popular Hatsu-uma Annual Festival is held here, and a potted plant market as well as many stands line the Oyama riverbank. Kanon Bridge, built so that people could come and go on land, is also known as a great cherry tree viewing spot, and many cherry tree admirers come from neighboring villages when the trees are in bloom.
  • Higashiyama Forest Park / Shimoyoneda Sakura no Mori
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Minokamo-shi Shimoyonedacho Norimitsu 491-1
    This forest park stretches northeast where the Hida and Kiso rivers meet. Inside the 23-hectare park, there are around 4,000 meters of walking paths. It is known as a great flower viewing spot with around 5700 flowers from 35 species planted. During early to mid-April when the Edo-higanzakura cherry and hill cherry among other flowers are in bloom, the place is crowded with many sightseers. There are also resting spots and gazebos, so it is also fun to have a leisurely walk around. From the Hakusan Observary, you can see where the Hida River and Kiso River meet, as well as the city and the mountains such as Mt. Ontake.
  • Kobi Shrine / Kobi Kinrin Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Minokamo-shi Nakatomicho 2-9
    This shrine is located ten minutes from the Minokamo Interchange. The exact construction is unknown, but it is reported that the shrine was renamed Mototsushima Shrine, Hachioji Shrine and Nakatomi Shrine during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The festival held on the second Saturday and Sunday of April every year is famous. Small shrines are brought out under the vividly blooming Yoshino cherry and double-flowered cherry. A man wearing a fly-like demon mask appears and performs an exorcism which involves lightly tapping the head of the worshiper with a bamboo stick called a Sasara. This is said to make children smarter.
  • Ogura Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Mino-shi Izumicho 1571-3
    This park located in Izumi-cho, Mino City is the area of Ogurayama where the remains of Ogurayama Castle are located. In addition to an observation deck, lawn plaza, and playground equipment, it also has facilities such as a mini zoo. It is also known for being chosen as one of the Hida-Mino 33 Best Sakura Spots, where about 1,000 cherry blossom trees bloom in spring. Seasonal teahouse sales and illuminations are also held.

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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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