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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Gifu Castle

岐阜城

Gifu Castle stands proudly on top of the 300m-high Mount Kinka. There has been a fortress on this spot since the 13th century.

Gifu Castle

Previously known as Inabayama Castle, Gifu Castle is associated with the life of local Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), who strengthened the castle's fortifications and was responsible for the name change.

View from Gifu Castle

The present concrete structure dates from the 1950s and includes collections of Edo-Period weapons and armor. There are tremendous views from the top observation deck down over Gifu city and the Nagara River below. There is also a small museum just below the castle which contains musical instruments and other period artefacts and is included in the price of admission.

There's a restaurant with excellent views, beer and food just up from the ropeway station at the top of the mountain.

Access

Gifu Castle
Tel: 058 263 4853
Admission: Adults 200 yen; children (4-15 years) 100 yen

Gifu Castle is in Gifu Park. Take a bus 15 minutes from JR Gifu Station (Platform 11) or Meitetsu Gifu Station (Platform 4). Get off at Gifu Koen Rekishi Hakubutsukan-mae. Walking to the castle takes around 1 hour by mountain trail or alternatively take the ropeway. Gifu is around 30 minutes by Meitetsu or JR train from Nagoya Station.

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