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Other Sightseeing Spots in Gifu Area

  • Magomejuku
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Nakatsugawashi Magome 4300-1
    This is one of the old post towns on the historic Nakasendo highway in which old scenery from the Edo period still remains. The cobblestone path along the hill features various buildings including restaurants and inns that evoke the days of old, giving it a very nostalgic atmosphere. Known as the birthplace of literary master Toson Shimazaki, various facilities connected to Shimazaki remain including the Toson Memorial Museum that is built on the remains of the headquarters of the Shimazaki family.
  • Hida-Mino Seseragi Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gujo-shi
    A 70-kilometer stretch of road that connects Hida Takayama and Gujo Hachiman. Running along the Yoshida River, it offers lovely seasonal scenery. It's been selected as one of the top 33 areas in Hida-Mino for viewing the foliage, and visitors come from all over the country during fall when the mountains turn golden. The many broadleaf trees and stark differences in elevation mean that the season lasts for an extended period, starting with the Nishiure Pass. Mid-May to June sees the mountains covered in fresh young leaves, giving a feel of nature's vibrancy.
  • Chidoribashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara Furutsu
  • Kita-Alps Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengounakao Shinho Hironaki
    The Kita-Alps Ohashi Bridge, which is 150 meters long and 70 meters high, links the Shin-Hotaka Onsen and Nakao Highlands area with the Nabedaira resort area; it is a very popular spot for a scenic drive. There are spectacular views extending as far as Mt. Kasaga-dake; the scenery is especially beautiful in May, with the spring greenery, and around October, which is the autumn foliage season.
  • Ogimachi-jo Castle Ruins Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Onogunshirakawamura Ogimachi
    A scenic observatory located on high ground overlooking Ogi-machi in Shirakawa-go offering a sweeping view of Shirakawa-go’s collection of traditional Japanese buildings. A shuttle bus travels to the observatory from the south side of the Hakusuien restaurant, perfect for those not used to walking long distances and for surviving the summer heat. When the weather does suit walking, visitors are recommended to stroll the area and take a few pictures of the lovely scenery. On clear days, the sight of the surrounding mountains is beautiful, and the area is enveloped in seasonal, picture postcard-esque scenery, including fresh spring greenery, fall colors, and winter snowscapes. The view is particularly magnificent from January to February when the homes of Shirakawa-go are lit up at night.
  • Miyagawa River Nakabashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi
    A bridge spanning the Miyagawa River flowing through Takayama City. The bridge spans the 1 Chome Hon-machi and Kamisannomachi neighborhoods. Notable for its traditional style crimson handrail, the bridge is a popular photo destination. Many visitors come here particularly in spring during the cherry blossom bloom to take a picture of the crimson bridge standing out amidst the pink flowers. The bridge is also specially lit up at night four times a year during peak tourism periods in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Visitors can enjoy the unique, seasonal scenery at each time.
  • Town of White-Walled Storehouses (Shirakabe Dozogai)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu prefecture Hida-shi Furukawa cho
    A historic old town area nicknamed the salon of Takayama which consists of rows of atmospheric sake shops and merchant houses housed in white-walled storehouses. The area is located a five minute walk from Hida-Furukawa Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. The Setogawa River flows through the area and over 1,000 colorful koi carp swim in its waters, engendering a charming, soothing, and somehow nostalgic atmosphere. Koi food is sold in the area for visitors to purchase and feed to the fish. There are restaurants in the area serving foods like croquettes made with Hida beef. Be sure to take your time and stroll the area while listening to the murmur of the river.
  • Yanaka Mizu no Komichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchoushinmachi Inaricho
    An old canal located a five minute drive from the Gujo-Hachiman Interchange on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway. The Gujo-Hachiman area is known for having some of the cleanest water in the country and is dotted with scenic waterways. This canal area is a pocket park which serves as a symbol of the water-rich Gujo-Hachiman area. Due to the many art museums along its length, the canal area is also known as “Art Museum Street.” The area’s stone paved path with the canal’s waters flowing along its side; rows of willows; and large, elegant Japanese homes are a breath of fresh air in the middle of the city.
  • Nagarabashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara Fukumitsu
    A bridge spanning the Nagara River in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture which is one of the city’s most well-known. Often depicted in Taisho period picture postcards, the bridge ranks alongside cormorant fishing as one of the symbols of Gifu Prefecture. The bridge was first built in the Meiji period; the current reinforced concrete bridge is the fourth one to be built here. Cormorant fishing spectating boats pass beneath the bridge, while a statue of a cormorant fishermen and a monument to Hiroshi Itsuki’s hit song ”Nagaragawa Enka” stand at the south end of the bridge. In summer, a fireworks display is held downriver from the bridge, while cormorant fishing overseen by the Imperial Household Agency Board of Ceremonies is conducted upriver from the bridge.
  • Kawaramachi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Minatomachi · Tamai Town/Motohama Town neighborhood
    Take a bus from JR or Meitetsu Gifu Station bound for Gifu Park, the Nagarabashi Bridge/Takatomi area, or the City Loop Line counterclockwise route; get off at the Nagarabashi Bridge bus stop; and walk five minutes. A long, narrow townscape consisting of rows of old-fashioned Japanese homes which extends west from the cormorant fishing spectator boat boarding area at the south end of the Nagara Bridge. Here you’ll find shops selling colorful Gifu uchiwa hand fans, a local traditional handicraft; as well as ayugashi sweetfish-shaped cakes, in addition to restaurants, boutiques, and stylish cafes operating out of remodeled old townhomes and storehouses standing eave to leave. The area is also designated a part of Gifu Prefecture’s “Brand New Treasure” tourism promotion initiative. Be sure to explore the area before going to watch cormorant fishing.
  • Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Ozou Gifu prefecture Ohno-gun Shirakawa village Hatakeigaya Ma hunting - ground
    This driving course is located about a 10-minute drive from the Shirakawa-go Interchange. It links the towns that make up Kaga Onsen in Ishikawa Prefecture with the world heritage site Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture. Its nickname, “Hakusan Super Forest Road,” was changed in 2015, and the fee was lowered so that even more people could enjoy driving along it. In the middle is Fukube no Otaki waterfall, the most famous spot along the road that splashes it with spraying water after it falls 86 meters.
  • Togetsukyo Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yoro Town, Yoro-gun, Gifu Prefecture
    One of seven bridges spanning a stream which flows from a waterfall in Yoro Park near Yoro Railway Yoro Station in Gifu Prefecture. Offering a view of seasonal trees and flowers, the bridge is a popular destination to rest on a walk and take photos. The bridge serves as the entrance to the Yoro Seseragi Kaido Road, little-known fall foliage destination. A variety of events are held in Yoro Park, such as colorfully lighting up the waterfall during the Hyotan Illumination event.
  • Hida Takayama Nofuruimachinami
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi , Kaminino Town, Shimonino Town, Daxin Town, other
  • Ontake Panorama Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Ochiai
    A scenic portion of Gifu's Prefectural Route 441 that runs between the turnoff for the Suzuran Highland and Nigorigo Onsen. It's a great road to take in the great outdoors and the pure mountain air. It's also been selected as one of the Top 33 Spots for Autumn Leaves in Hida and Mino, the best time to see it is at the beginning of October when the poison ivy growing up the larch trees turn a brilliant red. In spring, Mt. Ontake's snow-capped peak and the young green leaves contrast beautifully along the route. The Ohira Observatory on the way will give you a panoramic view that includes what's left of Japan's longest lava flow from a Mt. Ontake eruption.
  • Yu-no-machi Ujo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Gero-shi Mori
    A park at the upstream of the Atanodani River. It's close to Gero Onsen, one of Japan's top three hot spring towns. The park's name comes from a folk song by the poet Ujo Noguchi who visited the area in the early Showa period. The Atanodani River flows from the mountains around Gero Onsen right through downtown. The promenade along the river is great for a walk after your bath while taking in the natural surroundings. You can swim in the river in summer to add another layer of fun to your time in the hot spring town.
  • Sancho Station Shop
    Style / Fashion
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Hot spring village Shinhodaka Nishi Hotaka Exit Sta. 3F
    "A store on the 3rd floor of Nishihotakaguchi Station, accessible via the Shinhotaka Ropeway. The ropeway has a panoramic view and two stars from the Michelin Green Guide Japan. The store's many limited edition items include postcards you can send from ""Yamabiko Post,"" the Japan's highest mailbox with service year-round, sable shortbread cookies, and commemorative prints of the 2,156-meter summit. They also have wooden charms with small bells attached that can be marked with the date of your ascent. Their Unkai Mochi treats featuring red bean jam with locally grown perilla in soft, cloud-like sticky rice cakes is a perfect Shinhotaka souvenir."
  • Shirakawa-go Viewing Platform Buna no Komichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Ono-gun Shirakawamura Magari
    Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road is a driving course in Hakusan National Park that connects the two prefectures of Ishikawa and Gifu. On this road, once known as Hakusan Super Forest Road, a variety of natural vistas can be seen only for a limited time. Enter from the toll gate on the Shirakawa-go side to go to the first parking lot, the Shirakawago Viewing Platform Parking Lot, then go up the stairs across the road to arrive. The Tateyama and Hotaka mountain ranges that can be seen from the platform are a spectacular view. Behind the observatory, there is a primeval forest of Japanese beech that is over 300 years old with the Buna no Komichi walking path for you to experience it.
  • Nakatsugawa-juku
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Honmachi
    The 45th post town on the Nakasendo Highway, it retains its atmosphere from the Edo period (1603-1868). A town that once flourished as the foremost commercial town in the Tono region, you can feel its vibrancy from that time. Behind the Nakasendo Historical Museum is the Wakihonjin, and the world beyond its gates is a must-see. There are many tourists who take commemorative photos here because the space between the storehouse and the upper level is open to the public. The well installed at Honjin Square is a popular spot because it can still pull water.
  • Kakamigahara Shonen Shizen no Ie
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Kakamigahara-shi Unumakoigicho 4-chome 213
  • Gifu Astronomical Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gifu-shi Yanaizucho

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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