Gifu attractions

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…
Museum in Gifu

Nawa Insect Museum

On the grounds of Gifu-kōen is this quirky collection of more than 300,000 beetle, butterfly, moth and other insect specimens. It's the personal collection of Gifu-born entomologist Yasushi Nawa, who founded the mus…
Museum in Gifu

Gifu City History Museum

Located within the grounds of Gifu-kōen, this museum focuses on the Sengoku period, when daimyō Oda Nobunaga was at the height of his power. Enthusiastic staff members are keen to show visitors wonderful DIY facsimi…
Park in Gifu


At the foot of Kinka-zan, this is one of the loveliest city parks in Japan, with plenty of water and trees set into the hillside. People have been living and working here for centuries; you can see pottery excavatio…
Castle in Gifu


Perched atop Kinka-zan and 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 …
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.
Museum in Gifu

Nagara River Ukai Museum

This newish museum is one of a kind, featuring exhibits on everything you could possibly want to know about cormorant fishing in Japan.