Top things to do in Gifu

Top Choice Gyoza in Gifu

Gyōza Gishū

This humming hole-in-the-wall place does soupy, fried gyōza (dumplings) and ebi chahan (shrimp fried rice) – and, of course, beer. Go straight from JR Gifu Station along the street between Kinkabashi-dōri and Nagara…
Japanese in Gifu


Since 1966 this delightful restaurant has been preparing succulent Hida beef in private tatami rooms in a traditional Japanese house. On the banks of the Nagara-gawa in view of Gifu-jō, and overlooking a manicured g…
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…
Soba in Gifu


This 100-year-old shop is renowned among locals for delicious tanuki soba (buckwheat noodles topped with crunchy tempura bits left over from the deep fryer). Tanuki is the Japanese word for badger; the tenuous link …
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…
Arts & Crafts in Gifu

Sakaida Eikichi Honten

This high-end maker of wagasa (oiled-paper parasols/umbrellas) is a 10-minute walk from JR Gifu Station. Turn left from the south exit, then right at the second stoplight. It's on the next corner.
Arts & Crafts in Gifu

Ozeki Chōchin

Find beautiful paper lanterns here, by Higashi Betsuin temple.
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 …