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  • Gifu Castle
    461 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • The Gifu Great Buddha (in the Shoho-ji Temple)
    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.
  • 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...

  • 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.
  • Hida beef Ittoya Bakuroichidai Kencho-Higashi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Usaminami 3-3-17
    This shop in 3 Usaminami, Gifu City specializes in Hide beef. It became the first establishment in the prefecture to earn the right to provide raw meat for consumption, and there’s a butcher shop on the first floor. The second floor has private rooms, table seating, and reserved terrace seating. You can enjoy high-quality Hide beef from carefully selected cows as sashimi, yukhoe (raw beef topped with egg), or grilled after undergoing a dry aging process to bring out the full flavor.
  • Chidoribashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Nagara Furutsu
  • Inaba-jinja Shrine
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sumii Tomijiro Shoten
    Gifu Pref. Gifushi Minatomachi 46
    Located approximately a one-minute walk from the Nagara-bashi bus stop, this souvenir shop is on a side street off of Nagarabashi-dori Street. They specialize in both folding and non-folding fans, and make both by hand. There are special Gifu fans and other items for tourists coming to see cormorant fishing. Their mizu-uchiwa (fan of bamboo and very thin Japanese paper) are made with natural varnish applied to paper made from the fibers taken from the bark of a clove-like bush, and it is characterized by its cool, see-through appearance. There are also items designed with goldfish and cormorant fishing images. It does not close from May 11 to October 15, the cormorant fishing season. In addition, its operating hours are different during and after the season.

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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