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Gifu Prefecture

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Gifu Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture is landlocked and is best known for Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Gifu City.

Gifu Prefecture is landlocked at the center of Honshu and was named by Oda Nobunaga. The warlord chose Gifu to symbolize his campaign to unify Japan. Many decisive battles occurred in Gifu like the Jinshin War in 672 or the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. The prefecture is made of up the old provinces of Mino and Hida as well as parts of the Echizen and Shinano areas. It was the center for making the best swords in Japan. The best swords were made in the city of Seki and a cutlery festival is annually held in the town. Gifu is also known for its hon-minoshi, a type of washi paper, that has been designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. In Gifu you can see the unique cormorant fishing (ukai) on the Nagara River. Cormorant fishing uses the bird to catch small fish by tying their necks enough to prevent them from eating the fish.

Countless historical events had taken place in Gifu Prefecture, but there are many sites that were deemed treasures in Japan and the world. A good example of that is Shirakawa-go, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 along with Gokayama. The centuries old farmhouses in the villages are best known for their gassho (prayer hands) architecture. Another city in the prefecture that has attained notable recognition is Takayama, where one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. Gifu Castle was taken by Oda Nobunaga, who then strengthened its defenses and renovated the interior to have extravagant designs. uhida Region.

photo of Okuhida

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Okuhida

Okuhida is located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps and is best known as a hot spring destination.

photo of Takayama

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Takayama

Takayama is located in the northern mountainous region of Gifu Prefecture. The city is known for their traditional structures in Old Town and festivals.

photo of Shirakawa-go

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go is UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best known for their Gassho style houses.

photo of Gero Onsen

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen is one of the three best onsen in Japan as said by Hayashi Razan, a Confucian poet from the Edo Period.

photo of Gujo Hachiman

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Gujo Hachiman

Gujo-Hachiman is a riverside town and is best known for its Hachiman Castle, which was established in the 16th century.

photo of Mino

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Mino

Mino is a city known for its long history with washi paper production and merchant structures with udatsu roofs.

photo of Gifu City

Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Gifu City

Gifu is situated in the northern part of the Nobi Plains in the southern part of Gifu Prefecture.