About Gifu
Region:Chubu
Island:Honshu
Capital:Gifu
Population:2,080,773
Area:10,621.29 sq. km

Located in the center of Honshu, Gifu prefecture has the distinction of being the place that changed modern Japanese history forever - the Battle of Sekigahara took place in 1600 in the Gifu town of the same name.

Tokugawa Ieyasu emerged victorious, he and his successors ruled Japan for the next 268 years virtually unchallenged, Japan closed its doors to foreign trade, and Edo (present day Tokyo) became the major city of the country. Sekigahara aside, Gifu still has more than plenty to offer.

Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage Site, is beautiful all year round but especially breathtaking in the winter, while Gero Onsen is also a popular destination. Can’t make it to Kyoto? Try visiting Takayama, affectionately nicknamed “Little Kyoto.” Kuri-kinton, a chestnut sweet, is the local delicacy, but if you have room to splurge definitely have some Hida beef!

Things to Do in Gifu

Latest travel features

Heianraku

A lovely little restaurant in Takayama

Restaurant Ebisu in Takayama

Enjoy handmade soba in a beautifully preserved building

Takayama Autumn Festival

Experience the sights and sounds

Warajiya Cafe and Gallery, Takayama

Fabulous coffee near the Festival Float Exhibition Hall

Community discussion

Heianraku

A lovely little restaurant in Takayama

What a bright and nice service, taking into account customers needs, like vegans or allergies.

Restaurant Ebisu in Takayama

Enjoy handmade soba in a beautifully preserved building

It really was delicious. :-)

Walking around Shirakawa-go

Refreshed by a variety of sounds of nature

Very peaceful... Thank you for good video. I'd definitely like to visit that place!

Takayama Higashiyama Walking Course

Let the mountain course guide you higher into Takayama

Reminds me Yudanaka - quiet, no people around. I enjoyed that!