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Gifu (岐阜) [1] is the capital of Gifu prefecture, Japan.

Get in

By plane

Chubu International Airport (NGO) is the nearest airport to Gifu. The Meitetsu line will take you to Meitetsu Gifu Station in downtown Gifu.

By train

Gifu is a station on the Tokaido main line between Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. There are frequent services to Nagoya, the nearest major Shinkansen station, only 18 minutes away by express train.

Meitetsu Takehana Line connects Shin Hashima station (3 minutes walk from Gifu Hashima Shinkansen station) to Meitetsu Gifu in around 32 minutes.

The JR Takayama Line connects Gifu to Hida-Takayama via Gero Onsen.

By bus

There are scheduled buses (5 times/day) connecting Osaka Namba OCAT to Shin Gifu Bus Center. The trip takes less than 3 hours under normal traffic condition.

Get around

The public bus line throughout Gifu City is Gifu Bus, run by Meitetsu. It has substantial coverage throughout the city.

Also, there are three Rent-a-Cycle stations in downtown Gifu (JR Gifu Station, Gifu City Hall South Branch, and Gifu Park). You can rent bikes for 100 yen per day.

See

Ukai (cormorant fishing) occurs every year between May 11th and October 15th on the Nagara River. You can watch this spectacular event by boarding a viewing boat or watching from the banks of the river. Gifu City is the only place where this tradition has continued uninterupted for 1300 years.

Do

Gifu Castle
  • Gifu Castle: Originally referred to as “Mt. Inaba Castle,” this castle was the residence of Saito Dosan, the Sengoku Period warlord. In 1567, Oda Nobunaga renamed it “Gifu Castle” and used it as his headquarters when unifying Japan. The current castle was completed in 1956 and underwent a major renovation in 1997. When Gifu Castle is open for night viewing, you can enjoy a beautiful 360-degree panoramic view from the castle tower.
  • Mt. Kinka Cable Car: The cable car connects Gifu Park and Mt. Kinka. You can enjoy the look of Mt. Kinka clad in a primeval forest and the scenery of the crystal clear Nagara River stretching below during the three minute ride. From the terminal on Mt. Kinka, you can walk to Gifu Castle in about seven minutes. You will be impressed by the beautiful 360-degree panoramic view from the castle tower.
  • Gifu City Museum of History: There are exhibition corners where you can experience history while being introduced to it. In particular, the Castle Town of the Warring States Period is displayed in-scale and the Rakuichi-ba has been restored. (Rakuichi-ba is the Free Market established by Oda Nobunaga for the promotion of the Castle Town economy by drawing in merchants.)
  • Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum: It was established in 1991 as a place to admire the well-known Japanese artists, Eizo and Toichi Kato, who were both born in Gifu. It houses paintings by the Kato brothers and holds a variety of exhibitions for the locals.
  • Public Tea Ceremony House: You can see beautiful scenery in Gifu Park all year round. Places of interest in Gifu Park are a statue of Nobunaga, the Oda Nobunaga Palace Ruins, the Kabukimon, the Gifu City Museum of History, and the Nawa Insect Museum. At the Tea Ceremony House, visitors can relax and enjoy a bowl of green tea.
  • Nawa Insect Museum: The Nawa Insect Museum has been open since 1919 and is the oldest insect museum in Japan. In this museum, familiar insects, as well as rare and attractive species from all over the world, are exhibited. The museum also sells entomology tools and there are also talks about insects. Because the building is very important for historical value, the museum is a Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
  • Gifu Great Buddha: The Gifu Daibutsu (Great Statue of Buddha) is located southwest of Gifu Park in the Colossal Hall of the Great Buddha at Kinpo-san Shobo-ji Temple. It is basketwork-style, painted with lacquer, and plated gold. It is the largest Buddha statue of this type in Japan. The statue is 13.7 meters tall. The ears are 2.1 meters long and the nose is 0.4 meters wide. It contains an image of the Yakushi-nyorai made by Jikaku-daishi.
  • Sanko Art Museum: The Sanko Art Museum is located on a hill and affords a view of Mt. Kinka. It is in a quiet area surrounded by Sarastewartia trees (similar to camellias). Coffee, tea, and green tea are served here. The museum houses tea utensils and paintings, including those by Renoir, Chagall, and Ryuzaburo Umehara.
  • Cormorant Hermitage: You can look at a scene of cormorant fishing from an early date, the clothes of the fishing master, a cormorant fishing boat, and other materials at the hermitage. You can watch the 24 cormorants which actually work during the fishing season that are kept in the yard. You will be able to eat and drink coffee and Ayu Zosui (rice porridge with sweetfish) in this place. If the fishing master is at home, he will explain this traditional fishing method. You can enjoy a pleasant time listening to the interesting story.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu: The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu has approximately 3,000 works, including the world-famous collection of Odilon Redon. It comprises broad fields, especially the local, modern, and contemporary artists. Temporary exhibitions are held periodically. In addition, you can enjoy our exhibition-related events; talks, lectures, workshops, performances, and so on. Also, there is the beautiful and peaceful garden of 20,000 trees and a stream.
  • Gifu City Science Museum: The Gifu City Children Science Museum was built in 1955. It was moved to its present location and called the Gifu City Children’s Science Center in 1980. The name was changed to the Gifu City Science Museum in 1988 when the planetarium was added. We have the planetarium and many exhibits that can be operated and touched. It’s an intellectual place to learn through experiences.

Buy

The traditional industries of Gifu City are Japanese umbrellas (wagasa) and lanterns, both of which are made of hand-made paper.

Eat

  • El Paso near Meitetsu Gifu Station serves the best Mexican food. Prices are reasonable and the service is great. The waitress speaks a little english and the menu is in English and Japanese. The decor is a little eclectic with Buzz Light Year and Woody from Toy Story. The TV will be playing either sports or Country/Western music videos.

Drink

  • B's Cafe, Yanagase Shopping Mall. A cool bar frequented by young Japanese and a few foreigners. The management and bar staff are very friendly, it plays good music and it has 'funky environs'. It often holds launch parties for up and coming Japanese music. Drinks are reasonable, at ¥500, and on the first Thursday of every month there's no cover charge. Secondroom, just below offers a place to chill out with the owner, Bryan.
  • Bier Hall, near Gifu Meitetsu station. The main gaijin hangout in Gifu City, and popular with Japanese too.

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