Buddhist Temple in Gifu

Shōhō-ji (Gifu Great Buddha)

The main attraction of this orange-and-white temple is the papier-mâché daibutsu (Great Buddha; c 1832), one of the three Great Buddha statues of Japan. It's 13.7m tall and is said to have been fashioned over 38 yea…
Castle in Gifu


Perched atop Mt Kinka-zan with sweeping views over the cities of Gifu and Nagoya, this castle is a 1956 concrete replica of daimyō Oda Nobunaga's stronghold, destroyed in 1600, the ruins of which were finished off i…
Museum in Gifu

Nagara River Ukai Museum

Newly opened in 2012, this shiny museum is the only one of its kind and features exhibits on everything you could possibly want to know about cormorant fishing in Japan.
Park in Gifu


At the foot of Mt Kinka-zan, this is one of the loveliest city parks in Japan, with plenty of water and trees set into the hillside.
Museum in Gifu

Gifu City History Museum

Located within the grounds of Gifu-kōen, this museum focuses on the Sengoku period, when Nobunaga was at the height of his power.
Cable Car in Gifu

Kinka-zan Ropeway

Gifu's castle is most easily reached by this cable car within Gifu-kōen, whisking you 329m to the summit in under five minutes.