Nature Spots in Gifu Area

  • Hida Great Limestone Cave
    150 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouhiyomo 1147
    The Hida Great Limestone Cave is located between Hida Takayama and the Okuhida Onsengo. Running a total length of about 800 meters, it is among the greatest tourist limestone caves in Japan. In the cave you can also see a rare form of stalactite known as a helictite, the only known occurrence in Japan. These bizarre looking cave deposits grow in all directions. As well as the limestone cave there is the Ohashi Collection Kan Museum which displays artworks collected by Sotokichi Ohashi, the discoverer of the Hida Great Limestone Cave. About 1,000 pieces of artworks are on display.

    The reason for the 3 stars is generally for the lack of English description. If not, I will give 4 as the lighting is great inside unlike some others, signage is good and the route is not slippery...

  • Tokuyama Dam
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Kaiden 448
    In addition to being one of Japan’s top rockfill dams in terms of total water and bank volume, the Tokuyama Dam is a dam constructed to be coexistent with nature. The dam is open for viewing everyday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. However, use of fire is strictly forbidden, and you must take all your trash with you. Descriptions of the Tokuyama Dam are provided in the Forestry Learning Hall. (Reservations required.)


  • Sekigahara Daishonyu-do (Stalactite Cavern)
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Fuwagunsekigaharachou Tama 1328-3
    With its stalactite and stalagmite formations, Sekigahara Daishonyu-do (Stalactite Cavern) is a real natural wonder. Visitors can view rainbow trout swimming in the clear water that gushes out from the cave, and there is an abundance of Paleozoic fossils to be seen. The area around the Cavern is full of natural beauty in every season of the year. Besides the spring cherry blossom, the wisteria are in full bloom around May 10 each year, and the autumn foliage is a sight for sore eyes; the autumn foliage season starts around mid-October, but the best time to see the leaves is from around mid-November until early December.


  • Nemichi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Itadori On the Shimane Road 448
    Nemichi Shrine sits in an area surrounded by lush vegetation. The main enshrined deities are Nemichi Okami, Izanami no Mikoto, Oyamatsumi no Kami, and Kanayamabiko no Kami. The spring festival is held in April and the autumn festival is held in October. Beside the main gate to the shrine is a small pond nicknamed Monet’s Pond. So called because it resembles Claude Monet’s water lilies. The place has become particularly well known on the internet and consequently attracts visitors to the shrine almost daily.
  • Mt. Norikura
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouiwaidani
    A mountain located at the southern edge of the Hida Mountains which has 23 peaks, seven lakes, and eight plains. The mountain's highest peak, Kengamine, is 3,026 meters tall. There are two roads which lead to the Tatami-daira plateau 2,700 meters above sea level—one on the Nagano Prefecture side which leads from the Norikura Plateau through Prefectural Route 84, and one on the Gifu Prefecture side which leads from Hirayu to the Nirokura Skyline. A shuttlebus can also be used to travel either route. Alpine flower fields sprawl in the vicinity of Tatami-daira and visitors can enjoy the sight of the beautiful flowers as they climb. The area is also a popular destination to enjoy fall foliage in autumn. It takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes to climb to the top of the mountain from Tatami-daira. At the top of the mountain you'll find a stunning view of the Hida Mountains.
  • Ena Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Enashi Oichou Enakyo
    This place developed as a result of the dam constructed during the Taisho period, becoming a beautifully verdant prefectural park, and then named Ena Gorge in 1920. A walkway has been created on the peninsula jutting out into the gorge, and there is also a tour boat, allowing you to enjoy different views. Approximately 15 minutes by car from JR Ena Station.
  • Yoro Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Takabayashi 1298-2
    This is one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, boasting a height of about 30 meters and a width of about 4 meters. The sight of the clear water cascading downward and causing foam to bubble beneath will enrapture you. The spray is like a fine mist, and you can even feel its coolness in the summer. According to the “Yoro Koshi Densetsu” (Legend of the Dutiful Child of Yoro), this waterfall’s water transformed into sake (rice wine).
  • Hananoko Lake
    4 Reviews
    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.

    吹きぬける風と、水のゆらぎを感じながら、普段見ることのできない湖面側からの景色を楽しめます。 思いっきり漕ぐも良し。水の中の魚を楽しむも良し。大自然を楽しむも良し。 日本一の空気の中で、思いっきり大自然と向き合って体を動かす幸せを感じられます。

  • Mt. Ikeda
    Travel / Tourism
    Ikeda-cho, Ibi-gun, Gifu Prefecture
    Mt. Ikeda is famous for yamazakura (wild cherry blossom), a Natural Monument of Japan. Yakeishi Shrine and Nobi Observatory at 750m and the 2000 natsutsubaki (Stewartia pseudocarmellia) near the summit are all wonderful to see. The summit features a gorgeous night view, which is quite popular and widely praised. To enjoy the 11 kilometers hike from base to summit, you’ll need sufficient preparation and five hours to complete the trip up and back down.
  • Mt. Kinka
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu-shi, Gifu Prefecture
    A 329 meter tall mountain located in the center of Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. Gifu Castle, former home of the mighty samurai Oda Nobunaga, towers at the top of the mountain. The mountain was once called Mt. Inaba, but it came to be called “Kinka,” “golden blossom,” due to the many Japanese Chinquapin trees which grow on its slops and turn the mountain gold with their blossoms in early May. Gifu Park is located at the foot of the mountain and a ropeway travels from here to the top of the mountain in about four minutes. A facility called Squirrel Village, where visitors can see a variety of squirrels living comfortably and freely in natural environments, is located near the mountaintop ropeway station as well as a store and scenic overlook restaurant, and many people visit this popular destination.
  • Hirayu Great Fall
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu
    A large waterfall located a 12 minute walk from Hirayu Otaki Park. The waterfall is mentioned in the legend of the founding of the Hirayu Onsen hot spring district. The waters of this powerful six meter wide, 64 meter tall waterfall flow over a giant bedrock shelf. The waterfall is also a renowned destination for enjoying fall foliage which attracts many visitors. The waterfall is lit up during the Hirayu-Otaki Keppyo Festival, creating a magical spectacle. Considered one of the three great waterfalls in the Hida region, this popular waterfall has also been selected as one of Japan’s one hundred best and as one of the 50 best water-related sites in Gifu Prefecture. Area visitors can enjoy lovely scenery here, including Japanese white birch in early summer, mountains colored by fall foliage in autumn, and the waterfall itself beautiful frozen solid in winter.
  • Abo Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Takayama-city, Gifu Prefecture
    A pass located between Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture and Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. Situated 1,800 meters above sea level, the pass is a stunning place from which to view sweeping scenery of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps). A parking area is located at the end of the pass’s climb, and the view from here is spectacular. Visitors driving along the pass can enjoy the beautiful forms of Mt. Yakedake and Mt. Hotakadake, selected as two of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains, and take pictures of mountains some 3,000 meters high. Currently the Abo-Toge Road is the primary pass route, but an older road is also style used by many for touring. Note that the pass is closed to traffic in winter from mid-November to May.
  • Koga Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Horadokouka
    Koka Gorge is located in the Horado District in the northwestern part of the city of Seki, about a 40-minute drive from the Mino Interchange. A lovely section of the Nagara River runs for 4km through the gorge, and part of it has been designated Oku Nagaragawa Prefectural Nature Park, with rest areas and other facilities. The riverbed is made up of giant rocks and rock formations and has a whitish color, easily visible in the remarkably transparent water. Spring greenery and autumn leaves are also beautifully reflected in the surface of the water, and such sights are part of the year-round attraction of the gorge.
  • Yahagi Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Hirayu Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu
    A pass situated along National Route 158 traveling from Takayama to Matsumoto which is situated at the northern foot of Mt. Norikura 1,684 meters above sea level. Situated at the junction between the Norikura Skyline and Prefectural Route 485, the pass is a continuous stretch of sharp curves and steep slopes and is known as a difficult place to drive. Commanding a spectacular view of the Northern Japan Alps to the northeast and Mt. Hakusan to the west, in spring the entire mountain is enwrapped in light green Erman's birch leaves, while in fall maples and rowans dye it vivid, eye-catching colors.
  • Suzuran Kogen Country Club
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Asahichounishibora 1628-1
    This highland is in Nishibora, Asahi-cho, Takayama City. Spreading out at 1,400 meters above sea level, it's filled with natural wonders like clumps of lily of the valley and other alpine plants, wild birds, and more. The air is cool even in summer, and offers a view over the Northern Japan Alps. In addition to a villa area equipped with hot-spring, there is a golf course as well.
  • Sosui Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Kamo-gun Yaotsucho
  • Yoshida River
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gujo-shi Meiho Otani
  • Sengoku Enchi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Onsenkyo Shinhodaka Onsen
  • Nakao Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Onsenkyo Nakao

Gifu Areas


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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