The 10 Best Things to Do in Gifu Prefecture, Japan

November 17, 2017 Layne Dawes

Gifu Prefecture in Japan, from Asia region, is best know for Observation Decks & Towers. Discover best things to do in Gifu Prefecture with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck

Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627, Gifu Prefecture +81 80-6970-5661
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 634 reviews

Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck

Reviewed By lindasllim - Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We experienced snowfall for the first time on the way to see the Shirakawa-go village. It was an amazing sight for some of us who had never experienced temperatures below 5 degrees or seen white snow.
Our tour bus was able to go uphill and we did not have to use the shuttle van. At the Observatory deck, one can view the picturesque scenery of the thatched-roof homes in the village below with the snow-laden background. Beautiful and breathtaking!
At the deck, a professional photographer was stationed there and we had to queue to take individual photos. The printed photos are then collected at the nearby store after paying for it. The photo frame has the Shiragawago name and village picture on it. Worth paying the price, as our mobile phones were not able to capture the scenery.
It is advisable to come prepared with warm outer clothing, scarf, gloves and suitable shoes for walking in the slippery and icy surface.

2. Nakasendo Walking Trail

Nakatsugawa 508-0502, Gifu Prefecture +81 92-323-3930
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Nakasendo Walking Trail

This historic footpath through the Kiso Valley connects the villages of Tsumago and Magome. The partially paved trail is approximately 8 kilometers in length and passes by several historic and natural wonders.

Reviewed By GinaBRU - Montgomery, Texas

Walking trails that transcends back in time. Tsumago was a great place to stop, handmade goods, where one resident served us a pot of hot tea while we waited for the bus. A must see. And we were able to enjoy the fall colors. Options available to have your luggage transported from Magome to Tsumago, while you enjoy the trails.

3. Shinhotaka Ropeway

Okuhidaonsengo Kansaka, Shinhodaka, Takayama 506-1421, Gifu Prefecture +81 578-89-2252
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 759 reviews

Shinhotaka Ropeway

Reviewed By Ken S

Took the bus here from Takayama. We decided to do this instead of Shirakawa as we heard the latter was insanely crowded.
There were some queues for the ropeway cars but it was a very pleasant experience overall. The views are great at both the midway and top stations. There's also an opportunity for snowshoeing and hot footbaths if you fancy!

4. Hida Furukawa Old Town

Furukawacho, Hida, Gifu Prefecture
Excellent
43%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Hida Furukawa Old Town

Reviewed By BabyboomerWA - Dunsborough, Australia

We discovered this town because of the cycling tours it offers. An easy 15 minute JR train ride from the more famous Hide Takayama, this delightful place has much to see with a lot less tourists about. Much slower paced and very relaxing. It's so lovely and very easy to walk around, with little traffic. There's a sake factory, museums, temples etc and a good selection of shops and restaurants. We stayed in Takayama, but noted a few western style hotels here, so it would be a good base from which to explore the Hide region. Definitely recommend the local cycling company. Easy cycling, even for novices and families.

5. World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu

1453 Kawashimakasadamachi, Kakamigahara 501-6021, Gifu Prefecture +81 586-89-8200
Excellent
43%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu

From the Source to the mouth of Nagara River The tank reproduces the scenery of Nagara River from its upstream to the river mouth. It is so real that it seems as though it’s been cut out from the actual scenery. We have reproduced the waterfall and the gorge at the river source. Enjoy this serene atmosphere; a perfect getaway from hectic city life. The Living Creatures in Asia and Africa Go out on an adventure and explore the world. In this section, you will meet various species living in the rivers and the lakes of Asia and Africa. They have evolved in their own way to survive through the environmental changes. Living Creatures in Amazon Amazon is the largest river basin in the world. Come and meet the Pirarucu which can be as long as 4 m and weigh up to 200 kg, the Giant Catfish, the Characins, and the Silver Arowana. See how they swim in the tank slowly and gracefully. There are abundant Freshwater fishes in the Amazon.

Reviewed By Andre M - Bern, Switzerland

There are plenty of marine Aquariums around Japan, but this one is specifically Freshwater. Huge variety of exhibits, and probably one of the only places you'll see things like the Japanese giant salamander.

6. Gujo Hachiman Castle

659 Hachimancho Yanagimachi Ichinohira, Gujo 501-4214, Gifu Prefecture +81 90-2885-2825
Excellent
25%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 210 reviews

Gujo Hachiman Castle

Reviewed By Bestlambert - Taipei, Taiwan

Overlooking the town from above was an exceptional experience. Everything was like what we usually saw about past Japan in movies or animations. The old streets and buildings were well preserved. On the foot of the mountain was a temple with graveyard. And the castle just sat on the top of the hill. It was around 15-minute walk from the parking lot to the castle.

7. Mt. Kinka

Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Excellent
27%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

8. Iwamura Castle

Iwamuracho, Ena 509-7403, Gifu Prefecture +81 573-43-3057
Excellent
38%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Iwamura Castle

Reviewed By travelgal1953 - Lynnwood, Washington

Many people come to Iwamura as part of the Nakasendo Highway. When you do, please take time visiting the Iwamura Castle. It's a large area, and although ruins, it's beautiful and interesting. Fun to explore and imagine what it was like back when thriving. Some English explanations.

9. Nemichi Shrine

448 Itadori, Seki 501-2901, Gifu Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Nemichi Shrine

Reviewed By Takeshi H

There's a pond in Seki city whose name is an unnamed pond.
It was just a Reservoir but it is now called Monet's pond, having been named after its beauty like the picture "Water lilies" drawn by Monet.
I hoped for a glimpse of it and drove to there.
When I watched it in reality I thought it was less beautiful than I'd expected.
Curious to say, however, it was quite photogenic.
If you go there during hydrangea & water lily season, you might be able to see more beautiful scenery.

10. Gero Onsen Gasshomura

2369 Mori, Gero 509-2202, Gifu Prefecture +81 576-25-2239
Excellent
24%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

Gero Onsen Gasshomura

Reviewed By thelonious22 - Seongnam

Gero Onsen Gassho Village had about ten traditional houses on display. An hour was more than enough time to look around and the 800 yen admission was pretty steep. The houses still made for some good photo ops and most had decent displays inside although English explanation was lacking. I was on a wheelchair which made almost half of the village inaccessible.

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