Giant Kaleidoscope


At this very retro attraction, stand underneath the tower, hand-crank the wheel and watch what happens above.

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1. Kurokabe Square

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Kurokabe means 'black walls' and many of the stucco shopfronts in this historic district are charcoal grey. The shops themselves sell craft and takeaway…

2. Nagahama Hikiyama Museum

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Two of the hikiyama (festival floats) used during Nagahama's famous Hikiyama Matsuri are on display here, along with video footage of the festival.

3. Daitsū-ji

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Temples are great repositories of artwork, though most only allow visitors in a few times a year (if at all) to see them. This isn't the case at Daitsū-ji…

4. Genkyū-en

7.17 MILES

This landscaped garden, inspired by an ancient Chinese garden and criss-crossed by waterways and wooden bridges, was created in the 17th century by the…

5. Hikone-jō

7.35 MILES

Completed in 1622, this diminutive castle of the Ii family of daimyō (domain lords) is rightly considered a National Treasure; much of it remains in its…

6. Shōhō-ji (Gifu Great Buddha)

28.63 MILES

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…

7. Bujō-ji

28.63 MILES

Bujō-ji was founded in the 12th century by Emperor Toba, and while the main hall has been repaired over the years it stands pretty much the same as it…

8. Gifu City History Museum

28.7 MILES

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…