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3 Reasons You Should Visit Gifu in Japan

Gifu in one of Japanese prefectures located in the middle of the country. In fact, it's a kind of suburb, but has wonderful dishes and places you should visit. Why don't you check it?

Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県 Gifu-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.

Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."

Gifu has huge land, plenty of nature, and long history which teaches us partially how Japan developed.

#1 Gifu-castle (岐阜城)

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Gifu-castle is the biggest castle in Gifu. You can easily climb and find the beautiful view of the city from the top of the Kinka mountain.

You must see beautiful Nagara river and old style area of Gifu, where we can learn about history and culture of the city.


It's called Inabayama castle formerly and Gifu castle has been just also a castle resided of Dosan Saito publicity in warlike ages. Unparalleled hero Oda the Shogun Nobunaga captured this castle and suppressed this local whole in August (in another view, in 1564) (in 1567) in 1567 as well as place-name also changed "the mouth of i" to "Gifu", and the one which indicated a name of Gifu castle in the world in particular was a home base of unification of the whole country.


#2 Yummy Foods to try

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Hida Beef (飛騨牛)
Hida Beef would be one of the best Japanese beef brand. Its high quality and taste are well known not only in Japan but also the country.
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Takayama Ramen(高山ラーメン)

You should also try it! Takayama ramen. This noodle is soy source based one.

You can find some ramen shops especially in Takayama city, northern part of Gifu.

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#3 City Tower 43 (シティタワー43)

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The city's highest tower was made in 2007, having 43 floors. Visitors can buy some souvenirs and food at 2 and 3 floor.

I strongly recommend you to go up to Sky Lounge, observatory from which great view of the surroundings can be seen.

The construction of Gifu City Tower 43 was planned by the Gifu Station West Area Urban Redevelopment Group, with planning beginning in 1983. The cost of the project was approximately 15 billion yen (US$130 million), with construction officially beginning on January 8, 2005. The property on which it has an area of about 11,000 square metres. The building itself has a footprint of 5,412.12 m², with floorspace totalling 57,600.44 m². Gifu City Tower 43 is composed mostly of reinforced concrete. On the roof of the building, there is a damper, which was designed to reduce vibrations resulting from earthquakes by 20%.

Social sciences major in the university. Experienced intern in Vietnam and Bangladesh, study in Philippines. Attracted by the huge power of Asia.

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