The cooler weather in November and December in Japan makes for excellent hiking conditions.
One pleasant 90 minute hike is to the top of 329m-high Mt. Kinka in Gifu city to Gifu Castle at the top. On the way up there are some excellent views of the Nagara River below.
There are a number of trails to the top of Kinka-san varying in difficulty, whether you choose to head straight up the mountain or take a more roundabout route with a gentler gradient.
To get to the starting point of the trails up Mt. Kinka take a bus from JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station to Gifu Castle Park.
You can walk back down Kinka-san or if you are short of time or energy take the ropeway. Gifu is an easy day out from Nagoya to the south.
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