Other Sightseeing Spots in Gifu Area

  • Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village
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    Gifu Ono-gun Shirakawamura Ogimachi
    The Gassho-Zukuri Village of Ogimachi, Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture was registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. Of the three villages registered as the World Heritage Site, this is the largest, with 59 buildings featuring Gassho-zukuri roofs. There is plenty worth getting a look at, from the castle tower observation deck as an absolutely perfect viewpoint of Shirakawa-go to the Wada house, which is a Nationally-Designated Important Cultural Property, the Nagase house, which features one of the largest Gassho-style roofs in the village, a rare Gassho-style temple, and Myozenji Museum. There are also numerous souvenir shops and restaurants.

    This place is really popular, so better book in advance. I booked bus ticket to shirakawa day - 1 and cant get the good schedule (only 1.5 hours duration in shirakawa). Based on 1.5 hours...

  • Magomejuku
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Kawaramachi
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Kita-Alps Ohashi Bridge
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Nagarabashi Bridge
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    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.
  • Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road
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    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.
  • Ogimachi-jo Castle Ruins Observatory
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    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.
  • Sanmach Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamisannomachi other
    This historic district in Takayama City maintains the ambiance of an old merchant town. Sanmachi refers to the three streets running through the upper and lower parts of the district. It's also referred to as Sanmachi-dori. Commerce was essential to Takayama's growth as a castle town, and a distinctive street lined with traditional townhouses with black latticed doors developed in the Sanmachi area. It's been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings and is a popular tourist spot. Today the charming traditional kominka houses along the street host establishments like souvenir shops, restaurants, and Japanese style cafes.
  • Ontake Panorama Line
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    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
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    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.
  • Hida-Mino Seseragi Kaido
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    Gifu Gujo-shi Koyamaichi
    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.
  • Sancho Station Shop
    Style / Fashion
    Gifu Takayama-shi Okuhida Onsenkyo Shinhodaka Nishihodakaguchi 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."
  • Hommachi Oribe Street
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    Gifu Tajimi Honmachi
  • Shirakawa-go Observatory and Buna no Komichi
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    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.
  • Magome Pass Village
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    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Magome
  • Nakatsugawa-juku
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    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.
  • Nakasendo Ochiai-juku
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Ochiai 840-1

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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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