About Gifu

An exquisite, ancient domain in the middle of Japan, Gifu Prefecture, with its bounty of mountain villages, traditional thatched farmhouses and onsen, also offers unrivaled festivals and delectable eats.

Take a step back in time with a saunter through the historic villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. This World Heritage Site is a delightful anthology of mountainous villages made famous for their quint, thatched-roofed farmhouses, while Takayama’s old town not only sees tradition frozen in time, but its spring and autumn festivals are considered to be among Japan’s best. High in the Alps in lesser known Okuhida, are an abundance of outdoor onsen to sooth and relax, before scoffing your face with a steaming bowl of Takayama ramen or some the region’s famous Hida beef. Just watch out for the “Satori” — little supernatural monsters that run around these parts reading minds. Which is odd…

Places to visit in Gifu

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Shirakawa Village

Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its villages with traditional Gassho-zukuri houses. These are large wooden houses built with thatched r

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Gujo Hachiman Castle

This castle was built by warlord Morikazu Endo during the Sengoku period in the year 1559 and is said to be the most beautiful mountain castle in Japan. After a

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Hida Takayama

Hida Takayama, located in Gifu prefecture, is renowned for its traditional wooden buildings and temples. Red lacquered bridges cross the Miyagawa River that flo

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Hida Folk Village

Hida Folk Village (also known as Hida no Sato) is an open air museum in the Takayama area of Gifu prefecture. It is filled with preserved traditional gassho-sty

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Gero Onsen Hot Spring

This hot spring town is considered one of the top three in all of Japan, alongside Kusatsu in Gunma prefecture and Arima in Hyogo prefecture. It has been well k

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Magome is an old post town in Gifu prefecture, and is considered part of the Kiso District which stretches across the border into Nagano prefecture.

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Ebis Cafe & Pachinko

This is a new breed of café/pachinko born in Hida Takayama. As the first establishment in Japan, it combined café, which offers a relaxing moment, and pachinko,

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Mount Yari

The 5th highest summit in Japan, this peak boasts a height of 3,180 meters. Mount Yari, or Yari-ga-take as it is called in Japan, is located in the Hida mountai

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Mount Obami

Lying on the border between the prefectures Gifu and Nagano, this summit with its height of 3,101 meters is the 10th highest mountain in Japan. Mount Obami, or

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Omamiya Sweet Shop

Situated in this traditional building travelers will find an old shop specializing in cinnamon sweets and omiyage (souvenirs). The store first opened in the Mei

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Sample Village Iwasaki

This store specializes in the food replicas and food models usually seen in restaurants and cafes across Japan. Here, visitors can try their hand at making thei

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Jionzen-ji Temple and Tetsuso-en Garden

Founded in the 16th century, this temple includes a Buddha statue in the main hall and four mausoleums, each dedicated to the past four feudal lords who once go

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Hotels in Gifu

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Just a 4-minute walk from Gero Station, Ramuneya offers accommodation with free WiFi. Free private parking is available on site. Every room at this inn is air

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Located in the Okuhida hot-spring district and only a 2-minute walk away from the Hirayu Bus Terminal, Abokan features Japanese-style rooms with mountain views.

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Pension Biwako

Featuring free WiFi, Pension Biwako offers pet-friendly accommodation in Kaizu, 34 km from Hikone. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking

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Sweet Season (Adult Only)

Designed for adults only, Sweet Season is a love hotel located in Hashima, 27 km from Nagoya. It features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Every

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Located in the Okuhida hot-springs area, Tajimakan offers Japanese-style accommodation. The ryokan is a 70-minute bus ride from JR Takayama Station and a 20-min

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Founded in 1860, Juhachiro is located along Nagara River and boasts indoor and outdoor natural hot spring baths. The property is a 15-minute bus ride from Gifu


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