UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic towns, hot springs, cormorant fishing, local dancing, and the gorgeous Takayama Festival.
Located in the center of Honshu, with more than 80% of its total area occupied by forests, the Prefecture spreads out from the mountainous Hida region to the flat Nobi Plains downstream from the Kiso-sansen (Three Kiso Rivers). The Hida Mountain Range, rising to a height of 3,000 meters above sea level, is part of Chubu-Sangaku National Park. The Ryohaku Mountains, with a vast forest of Japanese beech and alpine plants, are part of Haku-san National Park. The rows of traditional thatched roof houses at the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, located at the foot of Mt. Haku-san, are a must-see!
Gifu Prefecture abounds with places of natural beauty, such as Ena Valley, which is dotted with interesting rock formations and Gero hot spring, a popular spa resort that dates back to about the 10th century.
Visitors to Gifu shouldn’t miss the traditional cormorant fishing, which has a history of about 1,300 years in the area and takes place on the Nagara River between May 11th and October 15th.
Takayama, with its historic streets and alleyways, is known for the gorgeous Takayama Festival. Every summer, Gujo Hachiman becomes the stage for the Gujo-odori dance, which continues for 32 nights. Visitors can relax in Gifu's tranquil scenery and be fascinated by its traditional festivals.
2h to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 20 min from Nagoya to Gifu Station by JR Tokaido Line.
37 min from Shin-Osaka to Maibara Station by Shinkansen, and 40 min from Maibara to Gifu Station by JR Tokaido Line.
20 min to Gifu Station by JR Tokaido Line.
Things to Do
Gifu's Cities & Regions
- Ena Area Ena Area
- Gero Onsen Area Gero Onsen Area
- Gifu Area Gifu Area
- Hida Furukawa Area Hida Furukawa Area
- Mino Area Mino Area
- Nihon Rhine Area Nihon Rhine Area
- Okuhida Onsen Area Okuhida Onsen Area
- Okumino Area Okumino Area
- Shirakawa-go Area Shirakawa-go Area
- Takayama Area Takayama Area
- The base of Mt. Haku-san (Gifu) The base of Mt. Haku-san (Gifu)
- Tsukechi-kyo Valley Tsukechi-kyo Valley