Gifu

Scenic Shirakawa-go and Gero's hot springs

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Takayama

Takayama

Takayama is the largest city in the northern region of Hida. Though it's population is only 92,000, the area is 2,177.67 km2 which is only 10 km2 smaller than Tokyo but with a fraction of the population. It may not have the night life of Tokyo or even that of southern Gifu but what it does have..

Gujo

Gujo

Summer Spring Winter, Fall that's Gujo City. From the Bon Odori and white water rafting in the summer, to fantastic skiing in the winter and mountain climbing or just enjoying downtown; Gujo is a year-round ecotourism destination. Located only an hour north of Gifu city Gujo is the cros..

Shirakawa Village

Shirakawa Village

In the northwest corner Gifu nestled in the Ryohaku Mountains shadow of Mount Haku, one of Japan's sacred mountains, is Shirakawa village. Shirakawa villages hosts the site of Shirakawa-go, a small traditional village showcasing rice-stalk style roofed buildings called gassho-zukuri. Together ..

Dining

Restaurant Ebisu in Takayama

Restaurant Ebisu in Takayama

Takayama is a beautiful city in central Japan’s Gifu Prefecture. Known for its well-preserved and picturesque old town, Takayama features narrow streets lined with historical shops and warehouses, a testament to the city’s history as a we..

Warajiya Cafe and Gallery, Takayama

Warajiya Cafe and Gallery, Takayama

I know I have only been in Japan for one week, but I think I have already enjoyed the finest coffee available in the country. And, at only ¥300 for a latte, I suspect it was probably the cheapest one of such quality I am likely to find for the ne..

Coffee Don Since 1951

Coffee Don Since 1951

I did not know it then, but it seems that I have stumbled upon one of the oldest cafés in Takayama City. Established in 1951, Coffee Don boosts a cosy environment with cheerful jazz music that delights! An English menu was presented upon reque..

Places to stay

Gerobal Hostel

Gerobal Hostel

Gero Onsen is considered one of the three most famous onsen in Japan and is the perfect place to relax and unwind for a day or two. Gero is located in a peaceful resort area between Nagoya and Takayama. Being an onsen town most accommodation opt..

Hot Springs & Green in Hirayu Onsen

Hot Springs & Green in Hirayu Onsen

The Wide View Hida cuts through a deep green cleft as it enters and travels through Gifu Prefecture, rolling along a high handsome train trestle erected over a cool rushing river lined with great slabs of striated stone. The water foams blue and whit..

A Stay at the Kazeya Ryokan

A Stay at the Kazeya Ryokan

Nestled in the heart of Gifu Prefecture's Hida Mountain Range is the Kazeya Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. The area, known as the Japan Alps, truly takes on an alpine atmosphere with the white birch, cedar, and pine trees dotting the idyllic..

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Finding Culinary Treasures Along the Maze River

Finding Culinary Treasures Along the Maze River

There are many tourist destinations in Hida region of Gifu such as the Gero hot springs, “Little Kyoto” in Hida-Takayama, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawago village. Compared to these tourist magnets, at first glance, it ma..

Takayama Autumn Festival

Takayama Autumn Festival

The Takayama Autumn Festival (also known as Hachiman Matsuri) happens every year on the 9th and 10th of October at the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. It is a festival to end the summer season and also to welcome and prepare for Autumn. Lanterns are hun..

Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya

A “jinya” was a space used by district and government officials to rule over various districts, including the Hida area, during the Edo period. The complex in Takayama is a beautifully preserved set of buildings that includes living quart..

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About gifu

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="Kyoto" Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalGifu
Population2,080,773
Area10,621.29 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!

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