Tour of Japan: Gifu Prefecture

Gifu (岐阜市Gifu-shi)

Gifu Prefecture is a large, landlocked prefecture in the Chūbu region in the center of Honshū  Island .   Its main tourist attractions are Hida-Takayama, a beautiful town in the mountains known as “Little Kyōto,” and a collection of small villages deep in the mountains named Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Hida-Takayama’s Sanmachi Suji streets date back to the Edo period and house century-old sake breweries.  It is known for its traditional washi paper industry, including Gifu Lanterns and Gifu Umbrellas;  its Japanese swordsmithing and cutlery industries;  and, its delicious Japanese food.  Gifu’s summers are short, hot, and mostly cloudy.   The winters are very cold.  It is wet year round and has 127.5 rainfall days and 71.95 inches of precipitation yearly.  The best weather months for Gifu are April, May and October

Gifu (岐阜市, Gifu-shi) is a city located in the south-central portion of Gifu Prefecture and is the capital of Gifu Prefecture.  It is considered to be one of Japan’s fashion centers.  Gifu-shi is home to two famous mountains.  Mt. Kinka (previously known as Mr. Inaba) is in the heart of the city and stands 329m high.  Gifu Castle and the castle’s Archives Museum are located at its summit.  It is also the home of the Mt. Kinka Squirrel Village.  Mount  Dodogamine is 417.9 m high and is the city’s tallest mountain.   Gifu has a population of 400, 000 and its area is 203.6 sq. km. Its area code is 58, and its country code 81.  Its time zone is UT+9 (Japana StandardTime) and the Japanese Yen is its currency.

It is famamous for:

Comorant fishing on the Nagara River

Akechi Castle Ruins (明智城跡), a Mountain type castle


Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長)  – remembered as the greatest warrior of the three Japanese Great Unifiers.

Honnō-ji Incident of 1582 –  Akechi Mitsuhide ambushed Oda Nobunaga and forced him to commit seppuku.

Hida beef known for its tenderness

Ayu meshi – sweet fish with rice

Itarashi Dango – rice dumplings in sweet soy sauce

Takayama ramen.

Tofu, eggplant, or taro Dengaku

Kei-chan – simply known as Chicken Dish