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  • MALera Gifu
    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.
  • World Freshwater Aquarium
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    4.5
    122 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 we've 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...

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
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    3.5
    20 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.

    荒川豊蔵の器もあれば、川合玉堂の日本画もあり、どういうわけかベーコンの版画もあります。県民のための美術館ですから、網羅的な展示なんです。ルドンなんて若干マイナーな作品がなんでここにあるの、なんて不思議がる必要もなく、楽しみましょう。もうすぐ改修に入るので、どんなに良くなるか、楽しみです。

  • Nawa Insect Museum
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Omiyachou 2-18 within Gifu Park
    This insect museum in Gifu City, Gif Prefecture is the oldest museum of its kind still in existence. Founded in 1919, the museum is affiliated with the Nawa Insect Research Center established by Yasushi Nawa, who famously discovered the Gifu butterfly (Luehdorfia japonica). The museum possesses more than 300,000 specimens representing 12,000 varieties of insect from around the world. The museum also breeds and researches a variety of insects. The museum is still located in its original western-style Meiji-era building, a registered tangible cultural property. The museum is located a short bus trip headed towards Nagara from either JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station and a two-minute walk from the Gifu Koen Rekishihakubutsukanmae bus stop.

    It is not a very big collection but interesting to have a look, focused on beetles and butterflies. If you are around and have time, it costs 500 yen and can be seen in 1 hour. More interesting than...

  • Club Block
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Yanagasedori 1-7 Mitsukoshi Building 3F
    Located in the Yanagase Shopping District of the city of Gifu, this club features hip hop, R&B, and reggae. It frequently invites dancers, DJs, and other artists for live events. In addition to operating a club, this establishment also rents space to organizations and individuals for private events.
  • Kamagatani Sports Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunikedachou Yamahora 367-1
    Kamagatani Sports Park is situated on the slopes of the Kamaga-tani Valley. In the center of the park there is a roofed rest area and a pond; the park is also equipped with wooden play equipment for children, with the 55 meter-long jumbo roller slide being especially popular with kids. There is also a large lawn area on which visitors can enjoy playing disc golf, etc., and a 780 meter-long jogging track circuit. There are cherry trees growing in the park, so in the cherry blossom season visitors can bring a groundsheet and sit on the lawn to admire the cherry blossom.
  • The Site of Reversible Destiny Yoro Park
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    3.5
    81 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.

    You will never experience anything like this park. You know you are up for something different when they offer helmets. Not the best place for those with mobility issues. I have knee problems and...

  • Sekigahara War Land
    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.
  • Gifu City Science Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Honjou 3456-41
    Fun for kids and adults, the Gifu City Science Center underwent renewal and re-opening in 2016, with about 50 new exhibits out the total 90. It is being praised for including more hands-on exhibits. The planetarium features a variety of programs, notably a live commentary on the starry sky that night. There are also many events to enjoy while you learn science. Approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Nishi-Gifu Station.

    岐阜市科学館には子供も楽しく学べる施設がいっぱい。 ロボットを操作して鉱物を探査する「惑星探査ロボット」などは楽しいです。 気象に関するコーナーでは、雲をつくったり、たつまき実験をしたりすることができて面白いです。

  • Kinkazan Squirrel Village
    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.
  • Tarakyo Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Kamishiduchoushimotara 871-1
    This two-and-a-half-kilometer gorge in Kamiishizu-cho, Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture is one of the 33 top places to view the autumn colors in the Hida and Mino regions. During that season, trees such as Japanese zelkova and konara oak take on striking colors, and it's sometimes called “Ichinose Arashiyama. A suspension bridge and boardwalk let you view the autumn colors reflected in the river more closely. When the fresh green of spring appears, the azaleas, yamabuki roses, and wisteria all come into bloom, and in summer you can swim in the river.
  • Nagara Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara Shiroyuki 1466 - 10
    This park in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture is located between Nagara Bridge and Ukai Ohashi Bridge. It features a space equipped with athletic playground equipment including an “antlion pit,” as well as and an area where you can play miniature golf. Flower beds planted with seasonal flowers have been installed at the flower terrace and along the paths through the park, creating beautiful sights to enjoy. The food corner offers light fare such as blended coffee and soft-serve ice cream. The park also hosts many events including Tai Chi classes, plant and flower classes, and Sequoia Forest concerts.
  • Shikokuyama Kaori-no-Mori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Yamagatashi Oga 726-1
    This scent-themed park is about 30 minutes by car from the Seki-Hiromi Interchange. There are lots of herbs like lavender and chamomile as well as fragrant trees, making a seasonal feast for the nose and eyes. Their Scent Hall (Kaori Kaikan) has workshops in making potpourri and herbal soap, and they hold “aroma yoga classes too. Their Herblend offers herb tea and local burgers. There’s playground equipment and a dome as well.
  • Nagaragawa Flavor
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nishizaimokuchou 41-2
    A facility hosting a variety of highly regional establishments providing high quality items with excellent feel located a three minute walk from the Zaimoku-cho bus stop on the bus from JR and Meitetsu Gifu Station. Il Bosco is an interior decorating shop notable for its selection of unique goods from Zaimoku-cho , an area which flourished as a river port in the Edo period, and here you can by furniture such as tables made from single plank, plain wood. Other facility tenants include a gallery; flower shop; Dokidoki Kobo ceramics classroom; and Nagara Tatin, a sweets shop, bakery, and café. The facility also prepares seats for visitors to enjoy the show during the Nagaragawa River Fireworks Display.
  • Bairin Park
    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.
  • Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science and Industry
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Kawashimatakehayamachi 1
    Located 25 minutes away from JR Owari-Ichinomiya Station by taxi, this pharmaceutical museum is inside Eisai’s Kawashima Plant. It runs various exhibits related to pharmaceuticals including the history of medicine and pharmacology. You can also see precious items such as human-powered pharmaceutical production machinery, signboards, advertisements and Meiji period (1868-1912) medicine. Because there are English explanation panels and captions, even foreign tourists can enjoy and learn. In addition, in the temporary exhibition room, they hold special exhibits introducing materials with themes based on what the curators have researched every year. It is a great place not only for adults, but for children’s research projects.
  • Japan Line Unuma Forest
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Unuma Ishizan
    A park located a 20 minute walk from JR Unuma Station. The park encompasses Hida-Kisogawa Quasi-National Park and the Place of Scenic Beauty-designated Kisogawa River. The park’s Furosato Chobo no Oka and mountaintop observatory areas offer sweeping views of the Nobi Plain and Inuyama Castle. Also a popular destination for enjoying night views, the Furusato Chobo no Oka lookout, located close to a parking area, often bustles with people. There is a children’s library called Mori no Honya-san located in the park, making it a popular destination for families with children as well.
  • Kawaramachiya
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Tamaichou 28
    This gallery and cafe does business in an over 130-year old building like a machiya (traditional townhouse), and is located a three-minute walk after getting off at the Nagarabashi bus stop of the Gifu Bus N Route from JR or Meitetsu Railways Gifu Station. Besides the Kawaramachiya Coffee that they carefully make cup by cup with beans they grind when orders are received, you can enjoy their tea, sweets including seasonal limited-time only original cakes, and sweetfish rice porridge. In addition to the special exhibits that change according to the season in the gallery, they also sell traditional Japanese accessories such as Mino washi (Japanese paper). They also have irregular piano performances on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

    We have enjoyed a wonderful late, lazy and relaxed breakfast. Nice Japanese ambience and perfect service. Don‘t miss Kawaramachiya when in Gifu!

  • Gifu Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Omiyachou 1 in the ground
    This municipal park is operated by Gifu City. Built around the remains of Gifu Castle, a National Historic Site, it has a Japanese garden designed with Oda Nobunaga in mind and an excavation information office at the site of his former residence. Visitors can learn about Oda Nobunaga and his role in Japanese history. Other facilities on the grounds include the Gifu City Museum of History, Kato Eizo and Toichi Memorial Art Museum, the Ryurei-shiki Kashoken Tearoom, and the Nawa Insect Museum. You can also access the ropeway that will take you to the summit of Mt. Kinkazan.
  • Gifu City Tower 43
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Hashimotochou 2-52
    Gifu City Tower 43 is a commercial facility built in front of Gifu Station. With 43 stories, it is 170 meters tall. It opened in 2007 and quickly became a new landmark for the city. The first through fourth floors are commercial facilities, while the sixth to 42nd floors are condominiums. The 43rd floor is an observation area, divided into east and west sections, which offers a panoramic view of the city of Gifu. In the south-facing part of the 43rd floor is an upscale French restaurant, where diners can enjoy a relaxing meal accompanied by a nighttime view of the city.

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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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