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Nature Spots in Gifu Area

  • 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).
  • Tsukechi Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Tsukechichou
    Tsukechi Gorge is a marvelous natural environment in which to relax and unwind. It has been ranked as one of the best 33 places to view autumn foliage in the Hida and Mino region. The sparkling Tsukechi River and the coloration of the leaves on the trees are so beautiful that they almost take your breath away. The footpath in Fudo Park is ideal for taking a refreshing walk in the woods. In the spring, visitors can see flowers such as rhododendron and azalea; in the summer, they can enjoy camping or fishing.
  • Otaki Limestone Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouakuda 2298
    The Otaki Limestone Cave is said to have been formed through groundwater erosion in the faults of the Palaeozoic limestone rock formation. There are lots of things to see along the approximately 700 meter section such as the ‘tenjokai’ group of stalactites and the mysterious Otaki (waterfall). There is a fishing pond close by where you can catch and eat your fish there and then.
  • Hida Great Limestone Cave
    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.
  • Mt.Fujimidake
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Gifu prefecture Takayama city Niuikawa gawa Iwawaya ?
    This famous peak, with an altitude of 2,817 meters, is part of Mt. Norikura, and it offers a sweeping view of Mt. Yarigatake, Kengamine Peak, and the Hotaka Mountain Range. As the name Fujimi-dake implies, you can see Mt. Fuji when the weather is fair. Because Mt. Norikura has restricted car access throughout the year, using a shuttle bus or taxi is recommended.
  • Kaore Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Sekishi Itadori Kawaura
    Kaore Valley is located in Itadorikaore, Seki City. It is surrounded by Mt. Samondake, Mt. Hinagadake and Mt. Takinami and formed by cliffs with a total length of about seven kilometers. Iwatsutsuji (a kind of azalea) around early May and fall foliage from late October to early November are the best to gaze on so you can see the beautiful scenery matched with emerald green on the surface. Particularly, the fall foliage here has also been selected as one of Hida and Mino’s top 33 fall foliage places.
  • Sekigahara Daishonyu-do (Stalactite Cavern)
    18 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.


  • Kataji Gorge
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    Gifu Pref. Minoshi Katadi
    Kataji Gorge—where the river never runs dry even in periods of drought, and the river water remains pristine even after heavy rainfall—is an approximately six-kilometer-long gorge located at the foot of Mt. Fukubegatake, the highest mountain within the boundaries of Mino City. Kataji Gorge and the surrounding area have been designated as the Oku Nagara River Prefectural Natural Park. The many waterfalls of differing sizes (such as Meoto-daki Falls) are well worth seeing, as are the huge rocks and strangely shaped rock formations (such as Senjo-iwa); there is a two-kilometer-long footpath that visitors can follow along the Gorge.
  • Amidagataki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Shirotorichoumaedani
    The Amidagataki Falls, which are famous for having been depicted by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai in his “Shokoku Taki Meguri” (“Journey to the Waterfalls in All the Provinces”) collection, have been ranked among the Top 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan and the Top 50 best water landscapes in Gifu Prefecture. With a height of 60 meters, this is without doubt the most famous waterfall in the Tokai region. There is a footpath leading up close to the plunge pool, so visitors can appreciate the power and beauty of the waterfall at close hand. Amidagataki Falls are located around 30-minute drive from the Hakucho Interchange of the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.
  • 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.
  • Gujo Hachiman Miyama Limestone Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoumiyama 421
    A Natural Monument designated by Gujo City, the Miyama Limestone Cave is a treasure trove of ancient history created by mother nature. It stays roughly 15-16°C year-round, so it is cool in summer and warm in winter, and it takes 30-40 minutes to explore. Also, it is a limestone cave without lighting, so you can engage in spelunking (cave exploration) if you want. Closed from December to early March. Approximately 25 minutes by car via Gujo Hachiman Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Sugo Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachousugou Plateau
    Spreading across the southern foothills of Takayama, the Sugo highlands are a place for fully enjoying beautiful nature, from the blessings of the mountain to the flow of water from springs in limestone caves to a hundred or so creeks flowing into town. In the vicinity of these clear springs, natural wasabi (horseradish) appears in spring, followed by the Sansai Festival from late May to early June and the Kinoko Festival in October. During September’s Fall Festival, there is a dedication ceremony for Sugo Shishi—an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property for Gifu Prefecture. It’s well worth a look!
  • Nakayama Shichiri Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Sambara Kanayama cho
    A ravine extended some 28 kilometers from Gero City’s Sanbara area to Kanayama-cho located approximately 50 kilometers away from the Nakatsugawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway via National Route 257. Comprised of steep mountains and stunning rock formations created via erosion by the Hidagawa River, due to the ravine’s highly seasonal, picturesque scenery, the area has been designated Hida-Kisogawa Quasi-National Park. Area highlights include Byobu Rock, Rakan Rock, Koshiga-ike Pond, and Kiba Rock; visitors can also enjoy lovely fall foliage and, from spring to early summer, charming azaleas growing between the ravine’s rocks. Visitors can also enjoy views of the ravine from the nearby National Route and the windows of JR trains which pass through the area.
  • Utsue Shijuhattaki Falls (Utsue Shijuhattaki Falls Prefectural Nature Park)
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kokufuchoutsue
    The collective term for 13 waterfalls located in a nature park a 15 minute drive from JR Hida-Kokufu Station along Prefectural Route 479. The name of the falls is derived from a local tale known as the “Legend of Yosohachi.” A highly secluded area, visitors can enjoy the sight of the 18.8 meter tall Otaki falls and other waterfalls splashing down rocky walls amidst seasonal scenery. This scenery has been selected in a variety of lists of Japan’s most beautiful locations, including the 100 best examples of natural scenery to preserve in the 21st century, Gifu Prefecture’s 50 most beautiful water areas, and the 33 most beautiful locals to enjoy fall foliage in the Hida-Mino area. There is a campground and hot spring bathhouse nearby, and the stone paved path leading to the falls makes it easy even for families with children to enjoy the gorgeous views.

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  • Norimasa Otaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Norimasa
    A waterfall located around 20 kilometers east of the Gero Onsen hot spring district and approximately 25 minutes by car from JR Gero Station. The falls have been selected as one of the 50 most renowned water-related destinations in Gifu Prefecture. The waters of this stunning, 21 meter drop waterfall originate in the mountains on the border between Nagano Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture. Visitors can get right up next to the falls’ basin. A campground and trailhead leading up Shirokusayama also located nearby, attracting many visitors in the summer seeking relief from the heat as well as in the fall to enjoy the autumn foliage. The waters here are also used to grow wasabi due to how little they vary in temperature.
  • Tours of the Osaka Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kozakamachi, Gero City, Gifu Prefecture
    Tours of hiking courses which connect the waterfalls of the town of Osaka, which has over 200. Most of the waterfalls were formed by one of two eruptions by Mt. Ontake in the distant past. Each one is different, and tour-goers can take in the unique, beautiful natural scenery of Osaka. The area is divided into three overarching zones suited to different purposes and effort levels, such as the “Satoyama Fureai Zone,” which is designed for beginners and which has informational panels scattered along a well-maintained path. The “Okuyama Chosen Zone” for intermediates and the “Hikkyo Tanken Zone” for advanced trekkers are trackless paths and thus require a guide. Guided tours of the area are also provided.
  • 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.
  • Kanayama Megaliths
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachouiwase
    A term used to refer to groups of megaliths in three locations, including one Historic Site-designated Jomon period archeological site. Several of the stones are taller than a person and at first glance they appear to simply be scattered about. However, there are indentations and lines on the stones which were clearly carved by human hands and, when connected, they reveal shapes such as the Big Dipper. At the present time, the stones are believed to have been used for astronomical observation in the Jomon period, and it is conjectured that the people who lived here over 5,000 years ago used the position of the sun to measure the time of the year.
  • Yokoya Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachoukanayama
    A gorge located a 30 minute drive from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway which was created by the clear waters of the Shibukawa River in the Tateshina Onsen hot spring district in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture. Four waterfalls can be viewed along the river’s length—the Shirataki, Futamitaki, Koyodaki, and Keimeidaki—and visitors can enjoy touring the falls while bathing in the skin-beautifying negative ions they generate. Visitors can also enjoy seasonal, natural beauty, including fresh buds in spring, cool relief from the heat in summer, fall colors in autumn and frozen waterfalls in winter. In particular, the gorge is counted as one of the most beautiful areas to walk and enjoy fall foliage in eastern Japan, and many hikers come here during autumn.

Gifu Main 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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