10 Things to Do in Gifu That You Shouldn't Miss

November 4, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Gifu (岐阜市, Gifu-shi) is a city located in the south-central portion of Gifu Prefecture, Japan, and serves as the prefectural capital. The city has played an important role in Japan's history because of its location in the middle of the country. During the Sengoku period, various warlords, including Oda Nobunaga, used the area as a base in an attempt to unify and control Japan. Gifu continued to flourish even after Japan's unification as both an important shukuba along the Edo period Nakasendō and, later, as one of Japan's fashion centers. It has been designated a core city by the national government.
Restaurants in Gifu

1. Mt. Kinka

Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Excellent
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4 based on 199 reviews

Mt. Kinka

Reviewed By GAIDA2014 - Tokyo, Japan

Mt.Kinka is not too high mountain good for short hike.You can also take a ropeway straight up.But you have to hike up at least 300 meters or so to the castle anyway.The view of Nagara River and the Gifu city is very good.Must go place in Gifu City.

2. Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle

18 Tenshukaku, Kinkazan, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-263-4853
Excellent
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4 based on 423 reviews

Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle

Reviewed By Cyber0515 - Tokyo, Japan

標高329mの金華山の頂上に位置する城。名だたる戦国武将がこの城を拠点にしようと戦いを繰り広げた通り、この城からの眺めはとても素晴らしく、肥沃な濃尾平野を一望できる。晴れ渡る日には名古屋の方まで見渡すことができ、また山自体が急峻で攻略しにくいことから、戦略上重要な城であることが伺える。戦国時代を語る上で欠かせない歴史構造物であるものの、展示品は関連性が無い、もしくは薄い物が多く、さらには現代作家が描いた戦国武将の絵画が展示されていることが多いため、発掘された遺物等の展示の期待は避けた方がいい。歴史の展示物を鑑賞するならば、麓の歴史博物館をお勧めする。
途中までロープウェイで行くことが出来るが、勿論麓から徒歩で行くことも出来る。天候が安定して脚力に自信があれば、挑戦してみるのもいいかもしれない。また夏季は夜間でも登城出来る(22:00まで)。岐阜城からの夜の岐阜市内や名古屋を眺めるのも、いい思い出となるだろう。
The castle is located at the top of Mt.Kinka with an altitude of 329m. As Sengoku warlords such as Oda Nobunaga fought in order to base this castle, the view of Nobi Plain from this castle is very wonderful! On sunny days, you'll be able to look over Nagoya. Seeing all around of the castle to long distance, and the castle is located at the top of a steep mountain, are the reason for being strategically important.
However, the exhibition inside the building simulating this castle is not very attractive. Because they are not related to this castle or not much related. In addition the paintings of Sengoku warlords drawn by modern painter are displayed. I recommend you that you do not expect the exhibits of the excavated artifacts from this castle. If you want to appreciate historical exhibits, I recommend you the Gifu City historical museum.
Ropeway is running to the middle of the mountain. If you are confident in leg strength, you can go to the castle by foot. In summer, you can use the castle at night(until 22:00). Night view of Gifu city and Nagoya city is also very beautiful.

3. Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

8 Daibutsucho, Gifu 500-8018, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-264-2760
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4 based on 113 reviews

Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

Reviewed By ART196

黄檗宗の正法寺との大仏
"Great Buddha of Gifu, Batman!" The head priest of Shōhōji, Ichū, concieved of this Great Buddha and it was completed in 1832 after 38 years of construction and long after Ichū had passed away. It was constructed with a central pillar made from a gingko tree, and then a bamboo frame was made in the shape of the statue, to which clay was added. Paper was placed over the clay and then lacquered and then goldleaf was applied. Construction took so long because each piece of paper contained a scripture written by hand by a monk. This represented a lot of man hours and recquired the collaboration of monks from across the country. Ichū even travelled about collecting written scriptures to add to the statue. Just think of all of the wisdom contained within the Great Buddha...

4. Gifu Park

1-46 Omiya-cho, Gifu 500-8003, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-265-4141
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4 based on 136 reviews

Gifu Park

Reviewed By Jeremy G - Singapore

There is really nothing much at this part. There is a insert museum, a few trees, a few small food outlets, and a rope way station to the Gifu Palace, nothing else to offer.

5. Mt. Kinka Ropeway

257 Senjojikishita, Gifu 500-8004, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-262-6784
Excellent
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3.5 based on 130 reviews

Mt. Kinka Ropeway

Reviewed By Abdulla A

A good view of the city and a nice thing to do while in Gifu,
The view is nicer if it is a sunny day of course so try to choose your day carefully and plan your arrival time if you like to take some professional photos.

6. Gifu City Tower 43 Observation Room

Hashimotomachi 2-52 | 43f, Gifu 500-8856, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-213-5043
Excellent
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4 based on 64 reviews

Gifu City Tower 43 Observation Room

Reviewed By culturevulture94 - Clinton, Washington

Tower 43 has two observation rooms. By visiting both rooms, you can enjoy views of the Mountains, the samurai castle, Mt. Fuji (weather permitting) and the Nagara River. It's especially pretty near sunset. There is not charge for entry. The tower is located next to train station.

7. Gifu Media Cosmos

40-5 Tsukasamachi, Gifu 500-8076, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-265-4101
Excellent
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Gifu Media Cosmos

Reviewed By Cyber0515 - Tokyo, Japan

岐阜市の図書館をベースとした建物であるものの、とても図書館とは思えないほどの先進的で、様々な催し物や活動ブースが取り揃えられている施設です。ベースである図書館は建物中央のガラス張りのスペースに区切られています。その周囲がいわば多目的スペースとなっており、様々な催し物は勿論、体験コーナーとしても活用できるスタジオや、スターバックスなどの飲食スペースもあり、市民だけでなく観光客が利用しても非常に興味深いスペースとなっています。木目調の開放的なスペースであることも、来訪者が落ち着いて施設を利用できるポイントとなっていると思います。
駅からやや遠いことと、図書館以外のスペースがオープンスペースとなっているため、そのスペースで自習などをする場合は、子供の声に集中力を乱されることが難点かもしれません。施設内はとても広いですので、まずはぐるっと探検して、自分なりの利用しやすさを探求するのもいいかもしれません。
Although the facility is based on the library in Gifu City, it is advanced not to be able to think that the exterior and interior of the building are library! The existing library is located in the center of the facility and it is surrounded by glass walls. The surroundings of the library are multipurpose space, there are various Exhibitions, study studios, Starbucks and convenience stores. I think that not only Gifu citizens but also tourists can use the facilities interestingly.
The disadvantages are that on of them is a bit fat from Gifu station, another is that there is a possibility of disturbing concentration to study, because the children's voices echo in the open space. The facility is so large, if you want to use it quietly, you may need to find your comfortable place.

8. Kinkazan Observatory

Kamikanoyama, Gifu 500-8121, Gifu Prefecture
Excellent
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4 based on 87 reviews

Kinkazan Observatory

Reviewed By Dayne_1968 - Gifu, Japan

This location can be reached either on foot(family favorite) or by car.
nice hike up or down the hill know as the "Drive course.. favorite fo those dare enough to challenge the curves and/or the waiting J-cops
My wife hikes here regulary, the family on weekends.. Squirel village on top.. feed thm for 10bucks a pop(to enter)

9. Museum of History, Gifu City

2-18-1 Omiyacho, Gifu 500-8003, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-265-0010
Excellent
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4 based on 52 reviews

Museum of History, Gifu City

Reviewed By Yu S

Nice museum! And quite nice exposition and interactive program. Placed very nice, so you can visit 3 places at once: Gifu castle, Gifu Historical Museum and Nawa Insect Museum. Ticket price is very reasonable - 300円 only.

10. Nagaragawa Ukai Museum

51-2 Nagara, Gifu 502-0071, Gifu Prefecture +81 58-210-1555
Excellent
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4 based on 73 reviews

Nagaragawa Ukai Museum

Reviewed By culturevulture94 - Clinton, Washington

Actual cormorant fishing occurs between mid May and mid October. But you can visit the museum anytime to learn more about this old-fashioned activity. They have a movie with English subtitles that explains details of the activity. They also have interactive displays designed mostly for children. You can view the unusual costume parts, photos of the praying fishermen and replicas of the boats and crews. It's a major tourist activity in Gifu.

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