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  • Nangu Taisha Shrine
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • 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.
  • Yudokoro Minori
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Hashimagunginanchou Shimoinjiki 2-60-1
    Yudokoro Minori is a hot spring facility for day use located just a two-minute walk from Meitetsu Ginan Station. Being so close to the station, it gets high marks for providing easy access to the its special waters of the so-called “beautiful women’s spring”. In addition to round tub baths and an unusual outdoor bath with carbonated water, it offers six kinds of indoor baths and seven kinds of hot stone beds that soothe the body from the inside out. Inside the facility is a lounge with a salon, where customers can stretch out and relax. There is also a restaurant where customers can eat Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza-like dish) cooked on iron grills, a fresh juice bar, and a fully equipped game center. All of these features make Yudokoro Minori a popular spot for families.
  • 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.
  • Nanno Onsen Suisho no Yu
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Kaidushi Nannouchouhazawa 1623-3
    This day-trip hot spring facility is located approximately 40 minutes away by car from Nagoya Station. Situated on a hill in the Yoro mountains, you can look out over the spectacular view of all the Nobi Plain while enjoy the hot springs. With sodium / calcium chloride (hypotonic, slightly alkaline, low temperature) spring quality, it is said to be good for things such as cuts, peripheral circulation disorders, oversensitivity to coldness, depression and skin dryness. With wonderful panoramic views, besides the “hinoki-buro” to heal yourself with the smell of hinoki (Japanese cypress) and “iwa-buro” rotenburo (open-air bath) with a rock motif, you can enter the sauna and 11 different kinds of baths including inside baths and a daily special bath.


  • Yuge no Sato
    12 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Ibigunikedachou Dan 721
    Yuge no Sato is located 10 minutes by car from Ibi Station on the Yoro Railway in Ibi County, Gifu Prefecture. Piped from the ground, the water is smooth, not too hot, hypotonic, and contains little alkali. In addition to the indoor baths, there is an outdoor bath that offers views of Mt. Kinkazan and the northern Japan Alps, as well as beautiful nighttime views. The onsite restaurant, Yuge-an, serves foods with seasonal flavors, including vegetarian dishes, such as Dengaku (tofu or root vegetables basted with miso and roasted) and Sesame Tofu. It also serves matcha tea sets, which are a perfect refreshment after one's bath.


  • 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.
  • The Gifts Shop
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Hashimotochou 1-10-1 Active G2F
    A gift shop located on the second floor of the Active G mall connected directly to JR Gifu Station. Serving as a space for providing information about local Gifu products, the shop carries some 1,500 products produced in the prefecture at any given time, from furniture and knickknacks to foods. The shop’s shelves are filled with handpicked items, including sake cups from Gifu’s Toki region, an area known for its abundant production of ceramics; local Gifu liquors; and ultra-sharp knives from Seki City, a renowned cutlery production center and birthplace of such famous swordsmiths as Magoroku Kanemoto and Izuminokami Kanesada.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Natural Cafe & Gallery Kura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Honmachi 2-14
    This cafe with an Asian taste is located near the Nagara River in a refurbished 100 year-old storehouse. On the first floor that has a cute Asian atmosphere, there is relaxing sofa-seating popular for gatherings of friends. On the second floor, there are tatami mat floor, table seating and terrace seating available. Their “Natu Goreng,” a rice dish topped with a hamburger steak, demi-glace sauce and a sunny-side up egg, is the immovable favorite. Their Thai-style yakisoba “pad thai” with shrimp, chicken and vegetables is highly recommended. They also hold regular live jazz performances. In addition, their signature staff member, the tortoise Iwao-kun, is also very popular.
  • Yubayu Shoten
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Honmachi 4-36
    Yubayu Shoten is a shop specializing in yuba (tofu skin), located about a six-minute walk from Kinkabashi Bridge in the city of Gifu. Founded in 1867, it is a venerable shop that manufactures and sells fresh yuba and dried yuba. Its yuba is made from subsoil water from the Nagaragawa River and from 100% carefully selected, domestically produced soybeans. It is known for its texture and body and is used by many restaurants all over Japan. The shop sells the highest grade of yuba, Kumiage Yuba, as well as Sashimi Yuba, and many customers swear by its thickly rich flavor and the way it goes down. All products are well worth trying.
  • 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.
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Kotoduka 2-1-18
    PlesicTokoro Sweets is a small confectionary in Kotozuka,Gifu City. The owners use natural vanilla beans and other carefully selected ingredients to create Western-style confections with a seasonal flair. Its custard puddings, bottled custard puddings topped with fruit preserves, and roll cakes, available throughout the year, have been featured on television. The shop can accommodate customers who have sensitivities to eggs, dairy products, or wheat by making bottled fruit preserves without custard.

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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