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  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Art & Festa Forest in TAKAYAMA
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    4.0
    74 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...

  • Mizunami Earth Passage
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Mizunamishi Akiyochou Togari 67-1
    Located three minutes by car from the Chuo Expressway's Mizunami Interchange, this 240-meter-long underground museum takes “Thinking of the Earth as its theme. They present easily accessible panel displays, models, dinosaur skeletons, and video with a 200-inch high-definition TV depicting Earth's history from its formation 4.6 billion years ago to the present day. Passing through their “Tunnel of Dazzling Light feels like a trip through time following the planet's evolution. A portion of the facility occupies a shelter dug during World War II. Even in summer it stays a cool 15 degrees Celsius, so you'll want to bring a jacket.

    瑞浪観光で寄った瑞浪市民公園にあった地質学の博物館。 展示内容は地球の形成から現在までのジオに関するパネル展示や恐竜の化石の中を歩いたりします。子供にはなかなか楽しめる内容になっています。 パネルを一から読んでいくと、1時間ぐらいかかりそうですが、ぱっと見では5分ぐらいでしょうか? 外が35℃ありましたが、中は15℃ぐらいで涼しかったです。

  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Minamikasugachou 9-1
    This museum will teach you about the history of sword making in Seki. On the first floor of the two-story building there is a display of swords by the preeminent swordsmiths Kanemoto and Kanesada. On the second floor there is a collection of knives and various blades made with Seki's techniques. They have an area for practicing sword arts, and they hold their Hamono Festival once a month where they open the whole facility to public viewing. They charge a fee for the tour, but certain events are free, such as the Uchizome-shiki, the ceremony marking the first forging of the year.
  • 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.

  • Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science and Industry
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    4.5
    30 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...

  • Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
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    610 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.

    One of the places I loved very much in Japan. I wish I could see the festivals with the floats moving in the streets. The floats are beautiful and impressive.

  • Knife Museum
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    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Hiragachou 7-3
    This museum of knives unusual for anywhere in the world is run by G.Sakai. Located five minutes from the Tokai Ring Expressway’s Tomika-Seki Interchange, a gigantic knife that is 5.1 meters long and weighs 600 kilograms adorns the side of the museum that has been registered in the Guinness Book of Records. Inside the log house building imported from Vancouver, Canada, you will find exhibits of approximately 1,500 excellent knives from around 30 countries around the world, rare knives and precious knives, and there is also a sales outlet where you can purchase products by G..Sakai in the annex.

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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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