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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 its population is only 92,000, the area is 2,177.67 km2 w...

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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...

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Mino

Mino

This small community nestled between Gujo City and Seki City grew from a sleepy river port into a world renowned producer of ...

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Gifu City

Gifu City

Gifu City is a city of resilience, history and traditions; a territory desired by rival warlords during the quest to unify Ja...

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Higashishirakawa Village

Higashishirakawa Village

Heikoncha! Welcome to Higashishirakawa. Only two villages remain in Gifu prefecture; Shirakawa-go and Higashishirakawa villag...

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Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen

Slipping into a hot spring is a common practice in Japan. Gero City, located two hours north of Gifu City, one hour east of N...

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Shirakawago Village

Shirakawago Village

In the northwest corner Gifu nestled in the Ryohaku Mountains shadow of Mount Haku, one of Japan's sacred mountains, is Shira...

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Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa

“The Kiso Road is all in the mountains.” “Spring is slow coming to my mountain home” - Toson Shimazaki wrote when describing ...

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Sakura Season at Usuzumi Park

Sakura Season at Usuzumi Park

Kim

One of Japan's oldest sakura trees can be found at Gifu's Usuzumi Park. The tree is said to have been planted by Emperor Keit...

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Gujo Odori

Gujo Odori

Yuka Takada

Gujo Odori is Japan's largest and one of the most famous dance festivals lasting thirty-two nights, three of which have danci...

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Where to eat in Gifu

Heianraku

Heianraku

Anne Lauenroth

Enjoy delicious Chinese, Japanese and vegetarian food at lovely Heianraku, a cozy restaurant in Takayama.

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Chicken House

Chicken House

Justin Dart

If KFC is finger-licking good, then what would you call the succulently tender roasted, fried and baked Ena chicken at Nakats...

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Siegfrieda

Siegfrieda

Justin Dart

Rural cake shop invoking an image of rural Germany located in the heart of Gifu serving treasures of mouth watering delights,...

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Heianraku

Heianraku

Anne Lauenroth

Enjoy delicious Chinese, Japanese and vegetarian food at lovely Heianraku, a cozy restaurant in Takayama.

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About Gifu

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

Located in the center of Honshu, Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県, Gifu-ken) 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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