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GIFU

Located almost in the center of Japan, Gifu Prefecture is divided into two major regions—the Hida area in the north and the Mino area in the south. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the Hida area is home to the World Cultural Heritage-listed Shirakawa-go village as well as a number of hot spring villages. It also has several places where you can encounter Japan’s history, such as the castle town of Takayama.
The Mino area, on the other hand, is easily accessible from Nagoya and is home to the beautiful clear waters of three rivers known collectively as the Kiso Sansen. This area has nurtured traditional Japanese arts and crafts as well as food culture. Gujo Hachiman (crisscrossed with waterways) and the spring water of Ogaki are leading attractions.

Each area is accessed differently. If you're heading to the Hida area, the best way is via Toyama Kitokito Airport. The Mino area is closer to Nagoya, so the nearest airport is Chubu Centrair International Airport. Your journey will be much more efficient if you plan with a good understanding of Gifu’s distinct areas.

The warlord Nobunaga Oda, active during Japan’s militaristic Sengoku era, is said to have declared that "winning Mino means winning the world!" Located right in the center of Japan, Gifu is full of the charm and atmosphere of old Japan, with its wealth of waterways, traditional paper crafts, and rustic woodland villages such as Shirakawa-go.

    • Spring 9°C –20°C
      
Hirugano plateau, Takayama Spring Festival (Sanno Festival), Japanese mugwort


    • Summer 20°C – 33°C

      Ayu fish, Hida soba noodles, the Ogaki fireworks display, mizu-manju buns
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Autumn 13°C – 23°C
      Takayama Autumn Festival (Hachiman Festival), kei-chan chicken
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Winter 0°C –8°C

      Takayama ramen, Kakamigahara kimchi hotpot, Gero hot springs, Okuhida hot spring villages
    • Takayama
      
A classic castle town. Take a stroll around the Sanmachi area.
    • Gujo Hachiman
      
Located almost at the center of Gifu Prefecture, this castle town is crisscrossed with beautiful waterways. The Gujo festival is also renowned.


    • Mino

      With the abundant water flows of the Kiso Sansen rivers, this area is steeped in historic traditional crafts, such as the Japanese papermaking of Mino.
    • Shirakawa-go Village
      
A gassho (peaked roof) village designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage zone. Catch a glimpse of the original landscape of old Japan.


    • Gifu Town

      Being in the center of Gifu, this area is easily accessed from Nagoya Station and is recommended as a base to explore southern Gifu.


    • Car

      The northern and southern regions are connected by the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway. Since Gifu Prefecture has the seventh largest land area in Japan, keep in mind that its extended north/south axis costs you some traveling time. And, watch out for snow in winter as well.


    • Bus

      Highway buses departing from Toyama Station are handy for reaching the Takayama and Shirakawa-go Village areas. Shuttle buses leave from Takayama Station to Shirakawa-go Village and various hot springs.


    • Train

      The JR and Meitetsu train lines operate in Gifu. Railway lines connect major train stations, such as Gifu Station, Takayama Station, and Ogaki Station.


    • Air
      There is no airport in Gifu Prefecture. Toyama Kitokito Airport is handy for access to the northern Hida area. The southern Mino area is accessible via Nagoya from Chubu Centrair International Airport.
    • Toyama Kitokito Airport
    • Toyama Kitokito Airport is a 1-hour flight from Haneda Airport.
    • Toyama Kitokito Airport is a 90-minute flight from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 1-hour flight from Haneda Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 100-minute flight from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 75-minute flight from Sendai Airport.
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 65-minute flight from Matsuyama Airport.
  • Center4 Hamburgers
    Center4 Hamburgers

    Takayama city

  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine

    Hida city, Takayama city, Gujo city, Gero city

  • Hida-Takayama
    Hida-Takayama

    Takayama

  • Gujo Hachiman
    Gujo Hachiman

    Gujo city

  • The Site of Reversible Destiny—Yoro Park
    The Site of Reversible Destiny—Yoro Park

    Yoro-gun district

  • Shirakawa-go Village
    Shirakawa-go Village

    Ono-gun district

  • Washi paper in Mino
    Washi paper in Mino

    Mino city

  • Festivals
    Festivals

    Takayama city, Gujo city, Hida city

  • Spring water
    Spring water

    Ogaki city