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Lake Spots in Gifu Area

  • Tokuyama Dam
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    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.)


  • 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.
  • Hananoko Lake
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    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.
  • Iwaya Dam
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachounohara
    A dam built along the Hida River. The dam helps regulate the water levels of the Hidagawa River, Mazegawa River, and Yugake River. This multipurpose dam is used for flood control, power generation, and general irrigation. With an advance reservation, visitors can go on a tour of the dam’s control room and other areas. There is a small museum on the shore of the dam lake which displays photographs of the construction of the dam up to completion, exhibits on how the dam is used, and a 3D map of the surrounding area. From the roof of this museum, you can get a sweeping view of the dam, and audio explanations concerning the dam are also played here.
  • Maruyama Dam
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    Kuzu-gun, Gifu Prefecture
    A dam built along the Kisogawa River, a part of the Kisogawa River System. Approximately 100 meters tall, this concrete dam serves multiple purposes: flood control, power generation, and general irrigation. Construction of the dam was started before WWII and was completed in 1955. There is an exhibit room in the dam’s management office which displays pictures of the dam and how it looked during construction. With an advance reservation, you can participate in a tour of the dam’s control room and inspection passages. The free “dam card” collector cards issued by the dam are quietly popular.
  • Miboro Dam
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    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Maki
    A hydroelectric dam holding back Miboro Lake pooling on the east side of Hideridake. 131 meters tall, it is the largest rockfill dam in Japan, and the amount of water stored in this massive structure’s reservoir is also the second greatest in the country. The emerald green waters of the dam lake reflect the surrounding plants and trees, creating a particularly beautiful contrast in autumn when the fall foliage is at its peak. This beautiful site has also been selected as one of the 33 best locations for viewing fall foliage in the Hida-Mino area. Another area highlight is a cherry tree over 400 years old called the Shokawa-sakura (designated a National Natural Monument) growing on the bank of Miboro Lake. The tree would have been submerged by the lake with the building of the dam, but instead was moved to its current location in a massive undertaking detailed in an episode of the popular NHK documentary series “Project X.”
  • Akigami Reservoir
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    Gifu Takayama-shi
  • Agigawa Dam Lake
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    Gifu Ena-shi Higashino
  • Araragi Lake
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Kugunocho Musugo
  • Shimokotori Dam Lake
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    Gifu Hida-shi Kawaicho Ho
  • Lake Takanenorikura
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Takanemachi Kamigahora
  • Lake Takamine
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    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Naegi
  • Hachiya Pondage
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    Gifu Minokamo-shi Yamanouecho
  • Bijogaike Pond
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    Gifu Takayama-shi Asahicho Miza
  • Hogo no Lake
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    Gifu Ena-shi
  • Lake Matsuno
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    Gifu Mizunami-shi Hiyoshicho
  • Yokoyama Dam Lake
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    Gifu Ibi-gun Ibigawa Cho Higashiyokoyama
  • Lake Ryugin
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    Gifu Mizunami-shi Kamadocho
  • Ijirako
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    Gifu Pref. Yamagata City Nagataki
  • Okuboike
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    Gifu Pref. Ono County Shirakawa Vil. Okubo

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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