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UNESCO World Heritage Site, Historic towns, hot springs, cormorant fishing, local dancing, and the gorgeous Takayama Festival.
Located in the center of Honshu, with more than 80% of its total area occupied by forests, the Prefecture spreads out from the mountainous Hida region to the flat Nobi Plains downstream from the Kiso-sansen (Three Kiso Rivers). The Hida Mountain Range, rising to a height of 3,000 meters above sea level, is part of Chubu-Sangaku National Park. The Ryohaku Mountains, with a vast forest of Japanese beech and alpine plants, are part of Haku-san National Park. The rows of traditional thatched roof houses at the World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, located at the foot of Mt. Haku-san, are a must-see!
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Shirakawa-go / Gifu
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.Shirakawa-go is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
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Ogaki Church / Gifu
Address:Nishinokawacho1-313-1 Ogaki city Gifu
Access:Ogaki st.(JR Tokaido Line)
Mass:Sun 9:30am,English Mass:3rd Sun 2:00pm
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Gifu Church / Gifu
Address:Aoyagicho3-23 Gifu city Gifu
Access:Gifu st.(JR Tokaido Line)
Mass:Sat 7:00am,Sun 10:00am,Weekday 1:00pm
Tagalog Mass:1stSun 1:00pm
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Kakamigahara Church / Gifu
Address:Miikitamachi1-261 Kakamigahara city Gifu
Access:Naka st.(JR Takayama Line)
Mass:Sat 7:00pm,Sun 10:00am
Tagalog Mass:2nd Sun 1:30pm
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Tajimi Church / Gifu
Address:Midorigaoka38 Tajimi city Gifu
Access:Tajimi st.(JR Chuo Line)
Mass:Sat 7:00pm,Sun 9:30am,Weekday 7:00am
English Mass:2nd&4thSun 1:00pm
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Mizunami Church / Gifu
Address:Ishikicho4-27 Mizunami city Gifu
Access:Mizunami st.(JR Chuo Line)
Mass:Sat 6:30pm,Sun 9:30am,Weekday 7:00am
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Minokamo Church / Gifu
Address:Hachiyachokamihachiya3511-14 Minokamo city Gifu
Access:Minoota st.(JR Takayama Line)
Mass:Sat 7:00am,Sun 9:30am,Weekday 7:00am
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Don Quijote in Japan
Don Quijotefs hours of operation are longer than general retailers, with our stores remaining open until late at night. Some of our stores even operate 24 hours/day.We can also sell famous brand goods at greatly discounted prices as we purchase them cheaply through astute use of shifts in exchange rates.
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Nitori in Japan
Nitorifs stores carry a full line of products to help customers create a pleasant, more comfortable home. Products ranging from large furniture pieces such as sofas, dining tables, credenzas and beds, to interior articles such as curtains, carpets, bedroom accessories and tableware.
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Premium Outlets in Toki,Gifu
Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, center location offers beautiful scenic views.
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Shirakawa-go in Gifu
A World Cultural Heritage Site
.Shirakawa-go is situated at the foot of Mt. Haku-san in northwestern Gifu Prefecture. It is a quiet mountain village with rice fields and a river running through it. 114 thatched roof stand together in the village, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
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Okuhida in Gifu
Okuhida is located in the northern part of Gifu and is a general term for the area along the Takahara River, which is a tributary of the Zintsu River. The five hot spring resorts (Hirayu, Fukuji, Shin-Hirayu, Tochio, and Shin-Hotaka) are scattered around the western base of the Japan Alps, a 3,000-meter-high mountain range.
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Magome-juku in Gifu
Discover the Nakasendo and travel back in time to the Edo period. During the Edo period there were five roadways that connected Edo (modern day Tokyo) and outlying regions. The Nakasendo linked Edo and Kyoto, and ran through central Japan. It had 69 posting stations of which Magome-juku was the 43rd.
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Gifu Castle in Gifu
First built as a fortress on the top of Mt. Kinka, Gifu Castle has a history of about 800 years. ODA Nobunaga, a famous general in Sengoku period, occupied the castle and became its master. ODA changed the name of this area from gInokuchih to gGifuh and of the castle itself from gInabayama Castleh to gGifu Castleh.
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Ogaki Castle in Gifu
Ogaki Castle (Ogaki-jo) came to be a full-scale defensive structure when the already existing fortress was expanded around the middle of the 16th century. In 1585, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was ruling Japan, recognized the strategic importance of the site, and had the donjon built.
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Gujo-Hachiman Castle in Gifu
Hachiman Castle (Hachiman-jo) was built around the middle of the 16th century by Lord Endo, who governed this region. Subsequently it changed hands frequently due to war. Major restorations were carried out, and the outworks and outermost outworks of the castle were prepared.
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Kamioka Castle in Gifu
Kamioka Castle (Kamioka-jo) was built in 1564 by Yamagata Masakage, who served under the 16th century daimyo Takeda Shingen. The castle was demolished at the end of the 17th century due to a law enacted by the ruling shogunate in Edo.
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Hida Satoyama Cycling in Gifu
Hida Satoyama Cycling was created with the sole purpose to connecting the traveler to Hida. We guide you through the gorgeous views of the Japanese countryside landscape, and throughout the tour visitors can expect plenty of interaction with the friendly local population and experience of everyday Japanese countryside folks.
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Gero-onsen Hot Spring in Gifu
Gero-onsen is the largest hot spring town in Gifu, surrounded by the Hida Mountain Range. Legend has it that this hot spring was found when an egret informed the villagers of the spring's existence. It is a simple alkaline spring featuring clear, colorless water with a mild fragrance and softness.
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Hida Takayama Museum of Art in Gifu
Hida Takayama Museum of Art is a private museum opened in Takayama city, Gifu prefecture in 1997. Art glasses from the late19th to the early 20th century, Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass works in particular, and interior decollating works such as furniture and lamps are mainly exhibited.
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Takayama Festival
April 14th & 15th in Gifu
It is considered one the most beautiful festivals of Japan. A large parade of 1,000 people is staged, making you feel as if you have slipped back to the 15th Century, especially because of the costumes and music performances.
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Ukai (Cormorant Fishing)
May 11th-October 15th in Gifu
Ukai is a traditional method of catching small Japanese trout by manipulating seabirds called u in the Nagaragawa River.Master trainers of cormorants dressed in ancient costume freely manipulate 10-12 wild sea cormorants to skillfully catch small trout.
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Gujo Odori Dance Performance
Mid-July-Early September in Gifu
For 32 nights from mid-July to early September, the 10 types of dance are performed during a tour of the entire town over the summer, changing its stage from the castle town area to street corner squares, shrine precincts and other spots within the whole town.
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Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival
October 9th & 10th in Gifu
It is cited as one of the three most beautiful festivals of Japan.The greatest attractions are the eleven yatai.The yatai floats are lined up before dusk, and once the town becomes veiled in the evening darkness, as many as 100 chochin lanterns.
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Gifupaper lanterns in Gifu
Gifu-chochin paper lanterns were first produced in present-day Gifu Prefecture in the mid-18th century. The term Gifu paper lanterns encompasses o-uchi andon (lamp stands), rotating andon, andon that can adopt various shapes, and decorative lanterns.
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Hida Shunkei lacquer in Gifu
Shunkei lacquer is said to have begun with the lacquer craftsman Shunkei of Izumi Sakai (now the city of Sakai in Osaka) between the 14th and 15th centuries. Tradition has it that Hida-shunkei was first made at the beginning of the 16th century.
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Ichii Itto carving in Gifu
Ichii-itto-bori carving is a woodcraft technique that involves carving yew wood using only chisels, and was developed by a netsuke master, Matsuda Sukenaga, who came from the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Ichii-itto carving is characterized by a fine grain, because the growth rings of the yew are very fine.
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Ena Valley in Gifu
October to November
Ena Valley is popular for its scenery. The surrounding cherry trees, azalea, and autumn leaves heighten the beauty of the river valley. Ena Valley can also be enjoyed from the sightseeing boats on the river. Visitors can experience along this historic roadway.
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Hana Fest Kinen Koen in Gifu
Flower : Rose
Place : Seta 1584-1 Kago city Gifu
Time : 9:00am ~ 5:00pm
Charge : 800yen
Tel : 0574-63-7873
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Bokka no Sato in Gifu
Flower : Tulip, Lavender
Place : Washimi 2756-2 Gunjo city Gifu
Time : 10:00am ~ 5:00pm
Charge : 1100yen
Tel : 0575-73-2888
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Shirakawa-go in Gifu

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Yoro falls in Gifu

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Hirayu falls in Gifu

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Gujohachiman Castle in Gifu

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Gujo Odori in Gifu

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