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
    180 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...

  • Kiso Sansen National Government Park Kiso Sansen Park Center
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    4.0
    98 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
    90 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 went there around 3 pm on a holiday. Admission is 700 yen per adult, I thought it pricy as a park. There were quite a few visitors, the inside of the building was packed a people enjoying taking...

  • Gifu City Museum of History
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    4.0
    68 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...

  • Kinkazan Squirrel Village
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    3.5
    82 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

  • 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

  • Roadside Station Tsukimi no Sato Nanno
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    3.5
    40 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...

  • Inaba-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    53 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.

    This year my son and I braved the cold and sleepiness to countdown to 2017 at this Shrine,incidentally just minutes from our apartment !(I know its not a word!) Very japaneseque Im not the...

  • Tokuyama Dam
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    4.0
    22 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.)

    揖斐川最上流にあるロックフィルダムです。日本最大級のダムと言われるだけあって、その規模には圧倒されます。

  • 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...

  • Gifu Castle and Gifu Castle Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Prefecture Kanghua castle tower Gifu mountain peak
    This facility consists of the restored Gifu Castle and a museum with historical items. Once known as Inaba-yama Castle when the Warring States Period commander Saito Dosan lived there, it took on the name of the Gifu area after being captured by Oda Nobunaga. Gifu Castle was restored in its current form in 1956. It's at a high elevation and commands a majestic view of Gifu from the castle tower. Historical items from the Warring States Period including armor, chain mail, musical instruments and more are on display in the museum.
  • Nangu Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    37 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.

    南宮大社は美濃国一の宮。 慶長5(1600)年、関ヶ原の合戦の兵火で社殿は焼失。 そののち寛永19(1642)年、三代将軍・徳川家光によって再建されました。 本殿・拝殿・高舞殿など十五棟の社殿と石橋・石鳥居が、国の重要文化財に指定されていて見どころ満載です。 特に美しい朱の楼門に感動、荘厳なご本殿も素晴らしいです。 境内奥に行くと、連なる朱の鳥居が美しい南宮稲荷神社があります。 強力なパワースポッ...

  • Yoro Onsen Yusen no Sato
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Oshikoshi 1522-1
    This hot spring facility complex is located approximately a 15-minute walk from Yoro Railway’s Mino-Takada Station in Yoro County, Gifu Prefecture. You can enjoy natural hot springs said to be effective for neuralgia in a spacious rotenburo (open-air bath) and high or low temperature inner baths. In addition, in the separate thermotherapy building, you can shed daily stress by bathing in bedrock bathroom using lots of bath salt and shiunseki (purple cloud rocks). Besides aesthetic treatments, body care massages and body scrubs, there is also a hotel and restaurants to enjoy Japanese and western-style cuisine, making it a place where you can heal yourself for an entire day.

    夫と二人で岐阜旅行へ。温泉に入りつつ、汗蒸幕や岩盤浴なども初体験で夫もたのしんでいました。ヨーロッパのプチホテルのような宿泊施設も案外可愛い。飛騨牛のご飯も美味しかったです。

  • 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。

  • Sekigahara War Land
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Fuwagunsekigaharachou Sekigahara 1701-6
    The Sekigahara War Land is a 33,000 squre meter resource center imagined as an amusement park, in which the Battle of Sekigahara is re-enacted, realistically depicting the battle with 240 lifesize figures spread across the wide grounds. With a reservation for the lounge, you can hear historical interviews for free. And you can enjoy some steak made with Hida beef or Omi beef in the adjacent restaurant. Five minutes by car via Sekigahara Interchange on the Meishin Expressway.

    The most hilarious display I have ever seen in Japan. I cant speak Japanese but I still had a blast with my kids walking around the park. If was a bit pricey but in the end, the photos we were able...

  • 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。

  • Bairin Park
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Tanigumitokudumi 23
    Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple located at the end of Prefectural Route 251, Tanigumitokuzumi, Ibigawa Town is a temple which was established in 798. It is the 33rd pilgrim stamp office for the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Since being granted names for a mountain and a temple by Emperor Daigo, it has attracted worshippers for about 1,200 years, and has been affectionately called Tanigumisan as a temple for fulfilling and completing a goal. It is also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms and fall foliage.

    華厳寺は西国三十三所第33番札所のひとつです。近畿地方以外で唯一の霊場です。仁王門は立派で、通リの左右に巨大な草鞋が奉納されていました。

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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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