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  • Shirakawa-go
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    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi
    A village located in Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Ono County, Gifu Prefecture where many old-fashioned “gassho-zukuri” style homes, distinguished by their steep thatched roofs, can still be found. Still used as living spaces today, this rare collection of buildings has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the picturesque scenery of these traditional homes backed by mountains in the distance, visitors can catch a glimpse of the lifestyle and ingenious measures of a Japanese mountain village living in harmony with nature. There are also numerous souvenir shops and restaurants, and this popular destination is visited by great numbers of people from around the country and the world.

    Gasho styled building theme for these nice cottage houses that stood the test of time! Very interesting as they depict the rich cultural and historical aspect of the area dated centuries ago. This is...

  • The Sekigahara historic battlefield
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    Sekigahara cho Fuwa-gun, Gifu Prefecture
    Sekigahara has seen two battles that decided the course of Japanese history, but today it is a place of unspoiled natural beauty. There is plenty to see here, including large stone monuments, flags bearing the Mon (heraldic crests) of the Tokugawa and Ishida families, the site of Ishida Mitsunari’s camp (with reconstructed bamboo palisades and anti-cavalry defenses), and the site of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s final camp, etc. Recommended sightseeing routes are available to help visitors view the historic battlefield. The Sekigahara historic battlefield is located around five-minute’ drive from the Sekighara Interchange of the Meishin Expressway.
  • Yahagi Dam
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    Aichi Pref. Toyotashi Shizurasechou Higashibata 67
    This dam straddles the border between Shizurase-cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture and Kushihara, Ena City, Gifu Prefecture. The parabolic concrete arch dam is positioned in the upper reaches of the Yahagi River. Visitors can tour the control room, the tunnels below the dam body, and other areas (reservation required). The dam also holds dam discharge viewing events several times per year. It is also possible to enjoy the rich natural scenery of the area surrounding the dam and Lake Okuyahagi, its dam lake, including cherry blossoms and fall foliage.
  • Mt. Sasao - Site of Ishida Mitsunari’s Encampment
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    Gifu Fuwa-gun Sekigaharacho Sekigahara 4008
    "A 25-minute walk north from JR Sekigahara Station. A monument on top of Mt. Sasao marks the Site of Ishida Mitsunari's Encampment, the place where Ishida Mitsunari, supreme commander of the Western Army, made his camp prior to the famous Battle of Sekigahara. There are recreations of the bamboo enclosure and anti-cavalry palisade built to protect against enemy attacks during the battle, and, looking down on this decisive battlefield, visitors will feel like they've traveled back in time. The Sasaoyama Exchange Center is located nearby and has a rest area as well as a shop. The center offers a particularly popular ""armor wearing experience"" in which you can put on handmade armor modeled after the kinds used in the Battle of Sekigahara, walk around, and take commemorative photos."
  • Akechi Castle Ruins
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    Gifu Kani-shi Hazaki 1269-42
    Kani City was the birthplace of the military commander Akechi Mitsuhide. Oda Nobunaga had aimed to unify the whole country during the Sengoku period, and Akechi defeated him through the Honnoji Incident. Mitsuhide then went on to spend about 30 years at Akechi Castle until he was removed from power. Built in 1342, it was a typical medieval mountain castle, and there are few extant structural remains from the period. It now features a hiking course with footpaths. The Akechi clan's graveyard is at Tenryuji Temple at the foot of the site, and the Mitsuhide Memorial Festival is held in June.
  • Gold Statue of Nobunaga Oda
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    Gifu Gifu-shi Hashimotocho 1-100
    A Nobunaga statue coated with 3 layers of gold leaf at the plaza in front of JR Gifu Station. It was dedicated in 2009 by the Nobunaga Bronze Statue Contribution Association to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Gifu City's modern bureaucracy. The three-meter statue on an eight-meter pedestal can be seen from quite a distance. Gazing forward with a gun in his right hand and a battle helmet in the left, the statue's symbolic of Nobunaga always being at the cutting edge of his times. It's at the central area of the station's north exit, greeting all the visitors leaving Gifu Station.
  • Donosora Ruins
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kugunocho Kuguno 2270
    "These ruins that are near the watershed with the Sea of Japan are located a five-minute walk from Kuguno Station. These village ruins tracing back to the early to mid-Jomon period have been restored and opened to the public. The village ruins were verified from 43 pit dwellings, and according to an investigation, there was a ring-shaped village surrounding a town square in the latter half of the middle period. There was a lot of earthenware from the Kanto/Shinshu area and the Tokai/Kinki area found among the excavated earthenware, making these important historic ruins from which we can learn about cultural exchange during the Jomon period. The adjacent ""Kuguno History and Folklore Museum"" features artifacts and records of the historic ruin exploration."
  • Fudoki-no-Oka Historical Park
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Akahokimachi 400-2
    A historic park located about five minutes from Takayama Interchange. Fudoki-no-Oka Historical Park contains a replica of an ancient village with recreations of Jomon and Kofun period dwellings, the grave of Narita Masatoshi, founder of Shunkei lacquerware, and the Kofun Hiroba where there used to be a burial mound from an important person who lived some 1,500 years ago. There are also a variety of cultural properties within walking distance you can visit. These include the site of the kiln that made the roofing tiles for Kokubunji Temple, the inner sanctuary of the local Kumano-jinja Shrine, and the an enormous cedar tree. On clear days, the Japanese Alps are visible from the learning center with displays of artifacts excavated from the city.
  • Funamachi Port and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse
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    Gifu Ogaki-shi Funamachi
    "A transportation route connecting Ogaki and Kuwana, these of the remains of a port said to have been visited by 10,000 ships annually in the early Showa era (1926-1989). It is also known as the place where the haiku poet Basho Matsuo sailed for Ise after his journeys in the masterpiece of travel literature ""The Narrow Road to the Deep North."" The scenery written down in the book continues to influence people's view of the landscape, and it has been registered as a nationally-designated scenic spot because it still conveys the atmosphere and the customs of the past. In addition to the nearby existing Sumiyoshi Todai that was built in the latter half of the Edo period (1603-1868) as a sign, there is a road along the Suimon River that is maintained as ""Shiki no Michi."""
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Final Base Camp
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    Gifu Fuwa-gun Sekigaharacho Sekigahara 959-2
    This is a historic site in Jinbano Park, Sekigahara, Sekigahara Town, Fuwa County. During the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Ieyasu Tokugawa moved his base from Momojiyama (current national historic site Tokugawa Ieyasu first location). It is reported that the messenger to Hideaki Kobayakawa, who betrayed the Western Army, was also sent from here.

    陣場野公園の一角にあり、床几場で首実検した跡が残っています。土塁を盛り上げた上に石碑があるが、周りが静かですごい場所には思えない。

  • Fuwa-no-seki Ruins
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    Gifu Fuwa-gun Sekigaharacho Matsuo 149-1
    "These ruins are located in the Matsuo area of Sekigahara Town, Fuwa County. It was established by Emperor Tenmu the year after the Jinshin War, which had broken out in 672, and had been counted alongside Suzuka-no-Seki, in Ise, and Arachi-no-Seki, in Echizen, as the ""Sangan,"" the three important checkpoints of the Japanese nation under the ritsuryo codes. Artifacts are on display at the nearby Fuwanoseki Museum."
  • Yoshitsugu Otani Grave
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    Gifu Fuwa-gun Sekigaharacho
    This grave is located in Sekigahara Town, Fuwa County. Known as an ally of Ishida Mitsunari, general of the Western Army in the Battle of Sekigahara, the grave of Otani Yoshitsugu is found at the north end of the Site of the Battle Camp of Otani Yoshitsugu. Before his aide Yuasa Gosuke was struck down by enemy Todo Niemon, he first passed on the knowledge of the whereabouts of the head of his master, who had committed suicide, and begged him for a memorial service. This made such an impression on Todo that after the war he erected a tomb for Yuasa Gosuke as well.
  • Takenaka Jinya Ruins
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    Gifu Fuwa-gun Taruicho Iwade 619-2
    These ruins are located along Iwate's Prefecture Route 257 in Tarui Town, Fuwa County. After the death of Takenaka Shigeharu (called Hanbei), known as a strategist to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, his heir Shigekado established a camp at the ruins of his castle. Only the gate, castle moat and stone wall remain.
  • Sunomata Ichiya Castle (Ogaki City Sunomata Historical Resource Center)
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    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Sunomatachousunomata 1742-1
    The Sunomata Ichiya (“overnight) Castle is said to have been erected in a single night by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1566. On top of its ruins, the Sunomata Ichiya Castle (Historical Resources Museum) was built in 1991. It is a place for learning about Taiko Hideyoshi, particularly his relationship with Sunomata Castle. Approximately 20 minutes by car from Gifu-Hashima Interchange on the Nashin Expressway.

    The castle is beautiful and we can see it from the street. The garden and the inside is not really exciting.

  • Jomon Park (Mineichigoiseki Park)
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 1808-37
    Located approximately a 15-minute bus ride from Gero Station, the historic park for Mineichigo site was excavated between 1966 and 1970. Inside the park, there are the remains of pit-dwellings from the Jomon period (14,000-300 BC), and restored pit dwellings from the Yayoi period (300 BC-300 AD). The state of the dwellings when excavated is preserved in the archives, and many people enjoy walking through the park to learn about history and the magnificence of nature. In addition, you can also see precious excavated items from Mineichigo site in the adjoining Gero Furusato Historical Memorial Museum.
  • Ogaki Funamachi Kawaminato
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    Gifu Prefecture Ogaki-shi Funabashi 1-30 other
    This scenic spot is tied to the conclusion of Matsuo Basho’s travels in his masterpiece “The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Located in Ogaki City, it mostly covers the area between Kaigarabashi Bridge and Takabashi Bridge, both of which span the Suimon River. There are walkways along the riverbank lined with monuments of Bassho’s haiku. At Takahashi Bridge you’ll find the Prefectural Cultural Properties of the Sumiyoshi Lighthouse and the Funa-machi River Port Site, traces of the olden days. On the opposite bank from the lighthouse, the “Basho’s Oku no Hosomichi Haiku Journey Museum lets you learn more in depth about Bassho’s travels. The Suimon River is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot. There is a tub boat launch upstream that lets you take in the scenery while floating down the river.
  • Mimpogama
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    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Ichinokurachou 9-78
  • Nagaragawatetudo
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Motoshigechou 74-1
  • Ceramic park MINO sakusuekan
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    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Higashimachi 4-chome 2--5
  • voice of Ceramics
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    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Fujimichou 3-chome 68-1

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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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