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Gyōza Gishū

This humming hole-in-the-wall 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 Nagarabashi-dō…
Japanese in Gifu


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


In Kawara-machi, this charming cafe and antiques gallery makes homemade doughnuts (from ¥200). From the bus stop, walk east along Nagarabashi-dōri and then turn right on the second street; it's on the right in an ol…
Arts & Crafts in Gifu

Sakaida Eikichi Honten

This high-end maker of wagasa 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.
Bar in Gifu

Bier Hall

The friendly staff at this popular and spacious pub will make you feel welcome. Guinness is the beer of choice and simple meals are cheap and tasty. It's easily likeable.
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.