Spots in Gifu / Ogaki / Yoro Area

  • Chiyobo Inari Shrine (Ochobo-san)
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    4.0
    137 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Hiratachousangou 1980
    The main enshrined deities are Taiso-no-Okami, Inari-no-Okami, and Oyagami. Yoshitaka, the sixth son of Minamoto-no-Hachimantaro Yoshiie, at the time of establishing a branch family was granted by Yoshiie that the ancestral spirits be protected forever. After that, their descendant Mori Hakkai opened the village of Suwaki. It was these gods that became the origin of the shrine. It is one of the three major Inari (god of harvest) in Japan, and two million people come to worship here every year. The shrine is said to generate business prosperity. Worshipers purchase sake and fried tofu at a shop near the entrance of the shrine and make offerings to the gods. Along the road leading up to the shrine you’ll find many shops.

    This is a nice small market walk through Kaizu city. It is very intimate with a lot of food markets, small souvenir shops, restaurants, plant shops, clothing shops, arare shops, snack shops, Kushi...

  • Ogaki Castle
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    3.5
    183 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Kuruwamachi 2-52
    With its unusual four-tier main tower, Ogaki Castle has become a beloved symbol of Ogaki City. Ogaki Castle is famous as having been the headquarters of Ishida Mitsunari (the commander of the Western Army) at the time of the Battle of Sekigahara. In the Castle museum, visitors can view a diorama of the Battle of Kuise-gawa, and Rensho Kinzei-no-Sho (a prohibition jointly signed by the commanders) of the Western Army and Eastern Army immediately prior to the Battle of Sekigahara. There is also an experiential activity zone where visitors can handle matchlock muskets, spears and bows that were actually used during the Sengoku (Warring States) period. Ogaki Castle is located around 10-minute walk from JR Ogaki Station.

    Ogaki Castle is located in the very center of the city, and even if you walk from JR station, it takes only 10 minutes. This castle is unfortunately a reconstruction. So I didn’t enter inside, but...

  • World Freshwater Aquarium
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    4.5
    136 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Kawashimakasadamachi 1453
    The World Freshwater Aquarium recreates a natural freshwater environment with a focus on fish found in the Nagara River from its source to the river mouth, and freshwater fish from around the world. The aquarium houses around 220 species of fish and amphibians totaling about 20,000 animals, and about 30 species of aquatic plants with about 2,000 plants in all. The aquarium features the world’s largest river environment learning zone and one of the world’s leading displays on breeding freshwater animals. The whole building is easily accessible for wheelchair users, and there is a restaurant and shops selling original goods. It is also possible to hire out the aquarium and restaurant after closing as a venue for events.

    so many fishes weve never seen, their collection is great also we enjoyed feeding the fishes and you can also touch the huge turtles so definitely the kids will have fun, food trucks outside are...

  • Kiso Sansen National Government Park Kiso Sansen Park Center
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Kaiduchouaburajima 255-3
    This park rich with nature is located in Kaizu City, Gifu Prefecture. There are flower beds to enjoy seasonal flowers from spring to autumn that add color to the grassy plaza. It has a 65-meter tall observation tower and the “Hall of Water and Horticulture” that introduces the climate and history of the area centered on the Kiso Sansen, or three rivers of Kiso (Kiso River, Nagara River and Ibi River) and their basin. In addition, there is an outdoor center complete with audio equipment that is used for various events such as live performances. The wheelchair rentals and many slopes make it accessible to visitors of all kinds. In the winter, the illumination displays light up the entire park with beautiful colors.

    The view from the tower is really beautiful, you get to see a lot of rice fields and nature. Furthermore is a nice place to take a walk and relax. I only visited the Kiso Sansen Park Center for...

  • The Gifu Great Buddha (in the Shoho-ji Temple)
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Daibutsuchou 8
    Also known as the Kago Daibutsu, the Gifu Great Buddha (Gifu Daibutsu) is located in the Kinpo-zan Shoho-ji Temple in Gifu City; this Buddha statue has been designated by Gifu Prefecture as an Important Cultural Property. It ranks as one of the “Three Great Buddha Statues of Japan,” and is the largest dried lacquer Buddha statue in the country. To create the statue, a wooden framework was built around a central pillar cut from a large Gingko tree; a bamboo lattice was then installed around the wooden framework, and clay was plastered onto the lattice. After this, copies of the complete Buddhist scriptures were affixed to the clay, and then lacquer and gold leaf were applied. With the Great Buddha’s friendly, slightly smiling expression and the peaceful atmosphere of the Daibutsuden hall where the statue is situated, a visit here can induce feelings of calm and serenity. The charge for admission to the temple is 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children.

    While this Buddah isnt as grand as some of the others in Japan, the fact that it was created with a paper mache base made it rather interesting. Not as busy as the others and made for a nice stop...

  • The Site of Reversible Destiny Yoro Park
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    3.5
    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Takabayashi 1298-2 In the Yoroko Park
    This theme park is located in Yoro Park of Yoro District, Gifu Prefecture. It is the realization of a plan over 30 years in the making by globally renowned artist Shusaku Arakawa and the poet Madeline Gins. The park interior is formed from two pavilions, the “Kyokugen de Niru Mono no Ie” (House of Extreme Resemblance) and “Daenkei no Fiirudo” (Elliptical Field), which turn it into an expansive art space that offers a mysterious experience you can enjoy directly.

    I had been wanting to visit here for a while and was quite disappointed. Its unique and interesting for sure, but we were really disappointed at how poorly maintained it was. Moss growing on many...

  • Minnna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos
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    4.5
    47 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Tsukasamachi 40-5
    Located approximately a 20-minute drive from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway’s Gifu-Kakamigahara Interchange, this facility complex consists of the city’s central library, the Multicultural Plaza, Community Activity Exchange Center, an exhibition gallery and other facilities. Able to hold a maximum of 900,000 books and with 910 chairs, one of the facilities largest features is the wooden lattice roof, and the library is filled with an openness unlike the image of previous libraries. Globes are hung in each area, making it a new kind of library where you can enjoy yourself even from just one seat position.

    Media Cosmos is an activity center near the former prefectural building. There is a public library, a coffee shop, a convenient store and so on. The architecture of this building is unique and worth...

  • MALera Gifu
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Motosushi Mitsuhashi 1100
    MALera Gifu is a shopping mall of approximately 200 shops, including clothes, boutique, and food shops, as well as restaurants and entertainment facilities. The large shopping center is home to popular fast fashion brands and with fun events held from time to time it’s a great place for both adults and children. Charging points for electric cars are also available in the parking lot.

    大型ショッピングモールです。なんでもあるので、家族それぞれの希望に応えられます!レストランも豊富です!が、週末のお昼はどの店もすごい行列でした

  • Inaba-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Inabadori 1-1
    The Inaba Shrine has for many centuries been a place of great spiritual importance for people living in the region. Dedicated to the worship of the Shinto deity Inishiki-Irihiko-no-Mikoto, the Inaba Shrine was originally a place where prayers were offered to protect against floods. In recent years, the Shrine has become very popular with worshippers wishing to pray for the safety of family members or for business prosperity, with people paying their first visit to a shrine in the New Year, with families celebrating the Shichi-Go-San festival, and with worshippers offering up prayers in relation to childbirth, traffic safety, construction or irrigation projects, etc. The Shrine preserves a set of chronicle scrolls of its own origin and history, which has been designated an Important Cultural Property by Gifu Prefecture. The Inaba Shrine is located around 15-minute drive from JR Gifu Station.

    Inaba Shrine is maybe one of the most important Shinto shrines in Gifu. I didn’t expect that it was so large. To arrive in the main building, you have to climb a long stairway, but after all it is...

  • Kinkazan Squirrel Village
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    3.5
    79 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Prefecture Gifu City Kanghwa Mountain peak
    The Kinkazan Squirrel Village preserves the nature around it and is blessed with a sunny, green environment. It was the first squirrel village in Japan at its founding in 1965. You can feed the squirrels by entering the cage, putting on leather gloves and giving food to the tame squirrels. Right next to Kinkazan Ropeway’s Sancho Station.

    Squirrels are forest dwellers.xa0So its certainly NOT OK to keep these wild animals in a small gated area, to be continually handled and touched by humans, pure for money. A DISGRACE

  • Roadside Station Tsukimi no Sato Nanno
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    3.5
    43 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Nannouchouhazawa 673-1
    Roadside Station Tsukimi no Sato Nanno is located along National Route 258 in the foothills of the Yoro Mountain Range. It is the largest roadside station in the prefecture, and it boasts a location that offers a view of the entire Mino Plain. It has a full range of facilities, including shops that sell local souvenirs and agricultural products, a restaurant that serves light meals, and a footbath fed by the hot spring that feeds Nanno Onsen. The reasonably priced light breakfast served in the Tsukimi Chaya is available even on weekends and holidays, and the exact ingredients vary with the season. At the drink station, visitors can taste Croquette Burgers made with the Hida beef. This roadside station has been featured on live radio broadcasts.

    If you are passing by Gifu, definitely do a brief stop at this Road station! Its a nice place to rest a little bit while you eat something. It has many souvenir and food shops! Furthermore it also...

  • Gifu City Museum of History
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Omiyachou 2-18-1 Gifu Park
    Gifu City Museum of History is a historical museum operated by the city of Gifu, located in Gifu Park at the foot of Mt. Kinka. The museum is divided into four areas: prehistoric to medieval times, the warring states period, the early modern and contemporary periods, and traditional crafts. Since the museum deals with history as it affected Gifu, the warring states area is large, given Gifu's connections with the life of Oda Nobunaga, a major figure of that period. Exhibits are designed to depict his influence on Japanese culture. The museum contains several areas for experiential learning, such as one where visitors can try on traditional armor and come directly in touch with history.

    Our first stop in Gifu, from Nagoya after alighting at from Meitetsu bus. This Museum is just near the Park that leads to ropeway up Mt Kinka. A mid-sized and nice museum, entry 300 Yen Not many...

  • Nangu Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Fuwaguntaruichou Miyashiro 1734-1
    The Nangu Taisha Shrine—whose enshrined deity is Kanayamahiko, brother of the Amaterasu Omikami—is the keystone shrine of Mino, and is a great, famous home shrine for the Gods of Red and Gold, with particularly fervent worship of both prominent and lowly figures. The 18 structures remaining are representative of temple construction during the Edo period, and were designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The Nangu Taisha Shrine protects a diverse array of treasures, including swords, domaru (armor), train bells, votive pictures, and paintings. It is open to the public only once a year, on November 3rd. Approximately 20 minutes on foot from JR Tarui Station.

    この辺りでは由緒ある大きな神社。ハイキングコースもあるし、近隣の方々のお散歩コースとしても親しまれているようです。大きな神社なのでお札やお守り、おみくじなども取り扱っています。

  • Roadside Station Clair Hirata
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Hiratachounodera 2357-2
    Roadside Station Clair Hirata is located on the embankment of the Nagaragawa River. On weekends only, it serves foods made with the mugwort that Hirata-cho in the city of Kaizu is famous for, including mugwort rolled cake, mugwort soba noodles, and mugwort soft-serve ice cream. In addition, the store sells locally processed goods and fresh vegetables at reasonable prices that have been picked the same morning. The store is always crowded with customers, who want to buy such things as the Clair Four Season Box Lunch, Japanese Broiled Catfish with Sweet Soy Sauce, and Oguri Roman Cider, made with the first local strawberries of the season.

    Not so large as other road-side stations. Located river of Kiso. I got some vegetable, flower and rice-cake at here. Each commodity are low price and good taste. My recommendation is rice cake and...

  • Roadside Station Hoshi no Furusato Fujihashi
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Higashiyokoyama 264-1
    Roadside Station Hoshi no Furusato Fujihashi is located along National Route 303, downstream from the Yokoyama Dam. It is located in the Fujihashi District, which is one of Japan’s many famous spots for star gazing, and in the evening, visitors can see the expanse of a star-filled sky. There are two restaurants on the premises: Hoshi no Furusato Restaurant, where the recommended menu item is Shiitake Mushroom Croquettes, and Sobadokoro Fujihashi-an, where the specialty is Tenzaru Soba, cold noodles, made with 20% wheat and 80% buckwheat flour, and tempura with dipping sauce, along with other menu items that make use of famous local ingredients. Another attraction is the Ibigawa River Hot Spring, Fujihashi no Yu, which includes Fujihashi outdoor hot spring bath, whose waters are said to have all kinds of benefits.

    お土産売り場が大き目で、地元の野菜や名産品などを幅広く取り揃えてます。レストランを併設。ダムカレーも置いていますよ。二八そばという美味しいお蕎麦屋さんも敷地内にあります。また、温泉施設もあって、入場料は540円。JAFの会員証提示で440円になります。露天風呂はさほど広くないものの、この値段でこの質なら満足です。

  • Tokuyama Dam
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    4.0
    23 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.)

    色んな面で規模が大きく、総合的に日本一のダムのようです。ダム件そせぅの為、沈みゆく徳山ダムを舞台にした日本映画「ふるさと」でも有名です。ダムむ向う時期まで歩いて渡れますよ。少し走ると徳山会館があって、ダムの歴史の勉強が出来ると共にレストランでは名物のダムカレーが頂けます。

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Usa 4-1-22
    An art museum located in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture dedicated to the theme of coming in contact and engaging in a dialogue with beauty. The entire museum building is barrier-free. The spacious, verdant grounds are dotted with sculptures, giving visitors the chance to appreciate art while going for a stroll. The museum has a large collection of pieces by artists born in and connected to Gifu Prefecture as well as by artists from around the world, such as key French symbolist painter Odilon Redon’s Closed Eyes. A 15-minute walk from JR Nishi-Gifu Station.

    以前は岐阜駅前からバスを利用していたが今回は西岐阜駅から歩いてみた。大通りを左に15分進むと美術館の真ん前に出る。館内では企画展はなく地元有志の写真展と同じく地元出身の書家「篠田桃江」の作品が展示されていた。これまでは「ルドン」目的で訪館していたが今回は「桃江」14点の作品観たさに来館した。三越本店で桃江作品と出会い以来長野上田美術館・岡山高梁美術館と彼女の展覧会の追っかけをしてきた。正直展示数1...

  • Bairin Park
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Bairinminamimachi 1-1
    This municipal park is in Gifu City. It's a well-known plum blossom spot with 50 varieties of plum trees including 700 white-blossomed plum trees and 600 red-blossomed plum trees. The best time to see them in bloom is from February to March. It has a large park area and a lawn where children can play. A D51 locomotive was donated to the park in 1974 for viewing and children's education. The Gifu Bairin Plum Festival is held annually on the first weekend in March, with a variety of plum related events.

    Nice park during the sakura time, we get there just week before to start sakura. Theres a old train and you can jump in if you want. Good place to do picnic in a sunny day.

  • Sekigahara Daishonyu-do (Stalactite Cavern)
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    3.0
    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.

    入坑すると予想をはるかに越える涼しさ、外は三十五度を越える猛暑。想像通り十五度前後の温度だと思います。冬暖かく夏涼しい天国でした。様々な奇石奇岩で飽きの来ない518メートルの散策となりました。途中から水路にはニジマスが放流されており眼を楽しませてくれました。

  • Ryokaizan Yokokuraji Temple
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Tanigumikambara 1160
    This temple is said to have been built in 803 by Saicho in the mountains at the end of National Route 267 in the Ibigawa-cho area of Ibi County, Gifu Prefecture. It enshrines 22 important cultural properties including Bhaisajyaguru, and is called Mino’s Shosoin (treasure house) because it has a collection of many paintings and books. Among them, the remains of Myoshin Hoshi, said to be a “sokushinbutsu” (self-mummified monk), can be seen in the “sharido” (hall where a Buddha’s remains are kept). The temple grounds and the mountain trees are very colorful in the autumn, and an autumn leave festival and tree illumination are held, delighting the eyes of many people as a popular spot for the changing autumn leaves.

    舎利堂のミイラで有名ですが、瑠璃殿の鎌倉や平安時代の国指定の薬師如来像や十二神将立像が素晴らしかった。至る所に苔と紅葉があり、秋にまた来たいと思います。本堂は小さく立派ではありませんが、お寺全体が石垣の上にあり、お城のような気がしました。

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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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