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Gifu

Scenic Shirakawa-go and Gero's hot springs

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Gero

Gero

Slipping into a hot spring is a common practice in Japan. Gero City, located two hours north of Gifu City, one hour east of Nakatsugawa and one hour south of Takayama, is famous for its onsens (hot springs). Gero city sits on either side of the Hida River on the border between the northern Hida ..

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..

Mino

Mino

This small community nestled between Gujo City and Seki City grew from a sleepy river port into a world renowned producer of Mino Washi, Japanese paper, and preserver of its old downtown area lined by Udatsu houses. After the battle of Sekigahara, Nagachika Kanamori built a castle and port for t..

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Heianraku

Heianraku

Takayama in central Japan’s Gifu Prefecture is a beautiful destination for several reasons - a well-preserved Edo Period old town, its spring and autumn festivals (considered to rank among Japan’s three most famous), and wonderful people ..

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..

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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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The Battle of Sekigahara

The Battle of Sekigahara

Use the word “samurai” anywhere in the world, and people will immediately acknowledge Japan’s ancient warriors: men of great bravery, loyalty and determination, with excellent weapons and skills to match. Samurai are instantly recog..

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..

The Waters of Gujo-Hachiman

The Waters of Gujo-Hachiman

For a landlocked city whose most famous attraction is a hilltop castle, tit may come as a surprise that the true heart of Gujo-Hachiman is made of stunningly pure H2O. Coming directly from the surrounding mountains, the town's pure water is not o..

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About gifu

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo 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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