Gifu is Japan’s heart literally and figuratively with its unswayed traditional villages nestled within the picturesque mountain ranges. The prefecture has a huge part in history, and its significance shines even to this day.
The crucial battle that united the nation took place at Sekigahara. The said battlefield is open and can still be visited today. Swordsmiths practice their craft in Seki and traditional cormorant fishing is still alive along the Nagara River. Meanwhle, Takayama town has gone mostly untouched by time and the nearby villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are one of the few places where thatched-roof houses remain in the country.
How to get there
Gifu is easily accessible by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The prefecture is served by local JR trains and highway buses as well. There are many domestic and international flights to Chubu Centrair International Airport for easy access to southern Gifu, and some domestic flights to Toyama Airport for service to the northeast.
Nagoya is the main jump-off point for Gifu Prefecture, with the JR Takayama Line providing service to Gifu City, Gero, Takayama and most of the other key places in Gifu.
Southern Gifu is centered around Gifu City, a 30-minute train ride from Nagoya. Trains and buses connect to Sekigahara in the east and Tajimi in the west. An excellent bus network loops to smaller sites outside the city as well as Gifu Castle and other regional attractions, all from JR Gifu Station.
Hida in Northern Gifu is on the JR Takayama Line. The main hub is Takayama, and buses run from here to local towns and onsen resorts, as well as into the mountains. Highway buses run from Tokyo and Osaka to Takayama Bus Center.
Address of Gifu Prefecture