A quiet and unassuming town, the Gifu area has a plethora of hidden charms. First off, explore Gifu Castle, the base of Nobunaga Oda; who was one of the country’s best military leaders. The impressive castle building is atop a large hill, which is accessed via the scenic Mt. Kinka Ropeway ride. Don’t forget to take a stroll around Gifu Park to admire the lush foliage and enjoy its peaceful surroundings. Gifu is also home to a Great Buddha Statue, or Daibutsu. Gifu’s Daibutsu was fashioned out of a large gingko tree which formed the base of its wooden skeletal structure. It is also the largest lacquer Daibutsu in all of Japan.
Last but not least, enjoy the uniquely relaxing atmosphere of walking around the old-timey streets of the Kawaramachi district. If you’re looking to bring home a piece of Gifu with you, stop by one of the local handicrafts stores for a one-of-a-kind handmade souvenir. Gifu is also known for ayu sweetfish — that is sold roasted and even as a traditional Japanese sweet.
กิฟุ – กุโจ ฮาจิมัง
Situated near the beautiful Nagara River, a trip to the historic district of Gujo Hachiman makes for a beautiful day out. Take a walk around the samurai-style houses of Yanagimachi to get a sense of how the locals used to live during the Edo period. Gujo is also known for the Gujo Dance Performance, which is performed live for those who visit the nearby Gujo Hachiman Museum. After enjoying the lively performances, try your hand at making some Japanese replica food samples. The Gujo Hachiman also hosts activities where visitors can make their own lifelike replica food keychains, which are sure to be popular souvenirs to gift your friends and family. Of course, we can’t forget about the iconic Gujo Hachiman Castle. The stone-walled castle was built by Endo Morikazu back in the 1500s. Head upstairs for a breathtaking view of the surrounding city and picturesque mountain landscapes.
ปราสาทกุโจ ฮาจิมัง ทาวน์ พลาซ่า – กุโจ ฮาจิมัง ไอซี
กุโจ ฮาจิมัง ไอซี – ชิรากาวะ-โกะ
Explore Shirakawa-go, a rustic traditional village deep in the mountainside of Gifu. Famous for its thatched “gassho-style” houses, the snow-capped roofs are a sight to behold in the winter. In 1995, the photogenic village was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover what it’s like on the inside by visiting the Wada Residence, the oldest house in the village. Don’t forget to take a 15-minute hike up to the Ogimachi Castle Observation Deck to enjoy a panoramic view of the village from above.
ชิรากาวะ-โกะ – ศูนย์รถบัสโนฮิทาคายามะ
Once a busy merchant town, the Takayama Historic District retains most of its original buildings and traditional architecture to this day. Now, the district is home to crafts and souvenir stores, as well as food stalls selling local specialties such as mitarashi dango and Hida beef skewers. Takayama Jinya is also known as the Takayama Historical Government House, the only one of its kind remaining in Japan — making it a building of immense historical significance.
ศูนย์รถบัสโนฮิทาคายามะ – กระเช้าชินโฮตากะ
Escape to the mountains deep within the Japanese Alps to experience a truly magnificent ‘rotenburo’ hot spring. Okuhida Hot Spring Village consists of five different hot spring facilities, all of them combined to make Okuhida have the most open-air springs (rotenburo) across the country. Special winter illuminations are also held in the area, which add to the beauty of the snow-covered landscapes at Okuhida Village. For those who want a bird’s eye view of the Alps, hop aboard Shinhotaka Ropeway’s double-decker cable car. The one-of-a-kind cable car brings you up to 2,156 meters high, where a panoramic Observation Deck allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the grandeur of the Japanese Alps.
กระเช้าชินโฮตากะ – ฮิรายุ ออนเซ็น