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  • Gifu Castle
    461 Reviews
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    Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Kinka castle tower 18
    Gifu Castle was formerly called Inabayama Castle and was the feudal castle of Saito Dosan during the Warring States period of Japanese history. In 1567, Oda Nobunaga captured Mino (in the Siege of Inabayama Castle), and the castle and town were renamed as “Gifu”. This is the time that Nobunaga published “Tenkafubu” (All the world by force of arms) with the aim of unifying the whole country. The present castle was reconstructed in 1956. There is an archives (an exhibition room) in the castle, and the top of the tower is a viewing platform. From the viewing platform you can see an unbroken view of the magnificent landscape such as the Nagara River which is famous for cormorant fishing, the Nobi Plains and the Japanese Alps mountain range. In 2011, it was designated as a National Historic Site from the viewpoint of it being Gifu castle ruins.

    We need to take the ropeway from Gifu park up to the Kinkazan and then walked uphill for 300 m. to Gifu Castle. The castle is not large, but still is 4 storeys high. At first I didn’t expect much...

  • Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple
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    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.
  • Chiyobo Inari Shrine (Ochobo-san)
    117 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.

    The Chiyobo Inari shrine is a beautiful temple! The surrounding landscapes are also really nice. Furthermore it has a lot of shops, so you can buy food and souvenirs. It's not a tourist spot, so you...

  • Yoro Falls
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    Gifu Pref. Yourougunyourouchou Takabayashi 1298-2
    This is one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls, boasting a height of about 30 meters and a width of about 4 meters. The sight of the clear water cascading downward and causing foam to bubble beneath will enrapture you. The spray is like a fine mist, and you can even feel its coolness in the summer. According to the “Yoro Koshi Densetsu” (Legend of the Dutiful Child of Yoro), this waterfall’s water transformed into sake (rice wine).
  • The Gifu Great Buddha (in the Shoho-ji Temple)
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    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.
  • Mt. Kinka Ropeway
    148 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Senjoujikishita 257
    The Mt. Kinka Ropeway is an aerial lift system in Gifu City that runs from the bottom of Mt. Kinka to the summit; the journey takes about four minutes. During the journey, passengers can view the natural beauty of Mt. Kinka (the slopes of which are covered with old-growth forest) and the Nagara River, as well as the streets of Gifu City. At the summit, there is the Mt. Kinka Squirrel Village, shops, and a restaurant with a scenic view (the restaurant’s beer garden is open in the summer months). A return ticket for the Mt. Kinka Ropeway costs 1,080 yen for adults, 540 yen for children.

    There some steep steps up to the observation cafe. On the roof is free. Minimum 400 yen for 2 pancakes (good) for the air conditioned area. Great view. People in their 90s are crawling to the top.

  • Ozeki & Co., Ltd.
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Ogumachou 1-18
    Ozeki & Co., Ltd. is a long-established (founded in 1891) manufacturer of paper lanterns, with its head office in Oguma District, Gifu City. Paper lantern manufacturing is one of Gifu City’s traditional crafts; besides supplying Bon-chochin lanterns to department stores etc. throughout Japan, Ozeki & Co., Ltd. also exports “AKARI” designer lighting brand products (which were developed in collaboration with the U.S. born sculptor Isamu Noguchi) to Europe and North America. AKARI products have won international acclaim for their superior artistic qualities. In addition, Ozeki & Co., Ltd. produce innovative products that break with convention, such as paper lanterns made from traditional Japanese “Washi” paper, and “Letter Lanterns” that can be folded up and sent in the form of a letter, etc.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
    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.


  • Nawa Insect Museum
    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...

  • Chidoribashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara Furutsu
  • Sekigahara Daishonyu-do (Stalactite Cavern)
    18 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.


  • Inaba-jinja Shrine
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    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.
  • The Sekigahara historic battlefield
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    Sekigahara cho Fuwa-gun, Gifu Prefecture
    Sekigahara has seen two battles that decided the course of Japanese history, but today it is a place of unspoiled natural beauty. There is plenty to see here, including large stone monuments, flags bearing the Mon (heraldic crests) of the Tokugawa and Ishida families, the site of Ishida Mitsunari’s camp (with reconstructed bamboo palisades and anti-cavalry defenses), and the site of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s final camp, etc. Recommended sightseeing routes are available to help visitors view the historic battlefield. The Sekigahara historic battlefield is located around five-minute’ drive from the Sekighara Interchange of the Meishin Expressway.
  • Ogaki Castle
    145 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.

    I guess Ogaki is the kind of town people pass through on the way to somewhere else and the castle tends to reflect this attitude. This isn't even an average size castle, it's small. Walk around the...

  • Nangu Taisha Shrine
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    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.
  • Mt. Ikeda
    Travel / Tourism
    Ikeda-cho, Ibi-gun, Gifu Prefecture
    Mt. Ikeda is famous for yamazakura (wild cherry blossom), a Natural Monument of Japan. Yakeishi Shrine and Nobi Observatory at 750m and the 2000 natsutsubaki (Stewartia pseudocarmellia) near the summit are all wonderful to see. The summit features a gorgeous night view, which is quite popular and widely praised. To enjoy the 11 kilometers hike from base to summit, you’ll need sufficient preparation and five hours to complete the trip up and back down.
  • Sunomata Ichiya Castle (Ogaki City Sunomata Historical Resource Center)
    54 Reviews
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    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Sunomatachousunomata 1742-1
    The Sunomata Ichiya (“overnight) Castle is said to have been erected in a single night by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1566. On top of its ruins, the Sunomata Ichiya Castle (Historical Resources Museum) was built in 1991. It is a place for learning about Taiko Hideyoshi, particularly his relationship with Sunomata Castle. Approximately 20 minutes by car from Gifu-Hashima Interchange on the Nashin Expressway.

    The castle is beautiful and we can see it from the street. The garden and the inside is not really exciting.

  • Gifu City Science Center
    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。

  • Tanigumi Lily Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunibigawachou Tanigumiohora
    A park filled with lilies flowering amidst sunlight filtering through hinoki cypress trees located 12 minutes away from Tarumi Railway Tanigumi-guchi Station via the Ibigawa Town Community Bus. Some 300 thousand lily plants spanning 50 varieties, including sukashi and oriental lilies, grow on the park’s three hectare grounds. The park is only open during the lily blooming season—early June to early July. During this time, the park holds a Lily Festival, and visitors can enjoy events such as Japanese kayo ballad performances, karaoke, and folk entertainment performances. Visitors can also purchase potted lily varieties here such as huge, white Casa Blanca lilies and bright red Acapulco lilies.
  • Komachi Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Kakamigaharashi Soharaibukichou 2-15
    This veteran brewery was established in 1894. They use subsoil flow from the Nagaragawa River, one of Japan's 100 remarkable waters, as well as Gifu Prefecture sake rice varieties like Hida Homare. The standout feature is that the brewery plays music related to the natural environment, the idea being to create a situation close to nature while working on the fermentation process. In addition to receiving a silver medal at the Sake Competition of International Wine Challenge, they have won various domestic awards as well. Their “Nagaragawa sake is mellow, easy to drink, and slightly dry. They have many other varieties too, including super dry and more refreshing types. They also sell plum wine and ginseng Japanese shochu.

Gifu Main 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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