Presenting the Nobunaga Festival this weekend!! Held in honour of Oda Nobunaga, the famous samurai warlord who used Gifu as a home base during his campaign to unite Japan in the Warring States period (1232-1603). During his time here, he gave Gifu its current name and contributed greatly to its economic development and prosperity by bringing policies of free trade.

The Nobunaga Festival is usually held in October but has been moved to the first weekend of November from last year. While the festival this year will be lacking the star-power from the previous one, there’s still plenty to check out! Be sure to check the weather forecast too, just in case!

Here are a few of the major events held:

【Nov. 4th, Saturday】
※ Sengoku Time Travel 10:00 – 16:00 – meet people dressed in period costumes walking around the area (Downtown Gifu City, subject to changes due to rainy weather)

【Nov. 5th, Sunday】
※ Nobunaga Cavalry Parade Departure* 12:00 – 12:15 (Departing Gifu JR Station North Entrance Plaza)
※ Nobunaga Cavalry Parade* 12:45 – 14:30 (through Kinkabashi Street: Cultural Centre ~ Gifu Takashimaya ~ Yell Gifu)

【Both days】
※ Gifu City Agricultural Fesival** 10:00 – 16:00 on Sat, 9:30 – 16:00 on Sun (Gifu JR Station North Entrance Plaza)
※ Gifu Nobunaga stalls and shops** 10:00 – 16:00 (Mori no Kakehashi – the wooden platform on the 1st level of the station)
※ Gifu Nobunaga music and dance stage* 10:00 – 16:00 (Gifu JR Station North Entrance Plaza)

* subject to cancellation due to rainy weather
** subject to cancellation due to stormy weather

For more info:

Official event webpage and pamphlets: