Located in the center of Honshu, Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県, Gifu-ken) has the distinction of being the place that changed modern Japanese history forever - the Battle of Sekigahara took place in 1600 in the Gifu town of the same name.
Tokugawa Ieyasu emerged victorious, he and his successors ruled Japan for the next 268 years virtually unchallenged, Japan closed its doors to foreign trade, and Edo (present day Tokyo) became the major city of the country. Sekigahara aside, Gifu still has more than plenty to offer.
Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage Site, is beautiful all year round but especially breathtaking in the winter, while Gero Onsen is also a popular destination. Can’t make it to Kyoto? Try visiting Takayama, affectionately nicknamed “Little Kyoto.” Kuri-kinton, a chestnut sweet, is the local delicacy, but if you have room to splurge definitely have some Hida beef!
A festival in rural Nakatsugawa dedicated to a monk and a mystery of nature on the anniversary of a death connected to forbidden..
The Tejikara Summer Fire Festival is an event held every second Sunday of August along the banks of the Nagara River in Gifu.
Gujo Odori is Japan's largest and one of the most famous dance festivals lasting thirty-two nights, three of which have dancing..
Enjoy delicious Chinese, Japanese and vegetarian food at lovely Heianraku, a cozy restaurant in Takayama.
This tourist friendly ramen place right next to Kajibashi does a range of quick, tasty meals featuring Hida's signature ingredient..
Restaurant Ebisu in Takayama - handmade soba since 1898 in a beautifully preserved building in Takayama's historical merchant..
Okuhida Onsen – nature and hot springs in gorgeous Gifu
Shirakawa-go’s Yamamoto-ya is a restaurant in spring and summer, and becomes a guesthouse in winter. It is located in the hear..
Nodaniya Gasshou-Zukuri-A traditional Japanese farmhouse stay at Shirakawago
One of Japan's oldest sakura trees can be found at Gifu's Usuzumi Park. The tree is said to have been planted by Emperor..
Visible for miles around Mount Ontake can be enjoyed from a safe distance away or up close. For anyone wanting to hike this holy..
Kusakabe Mingei-kan offers an excellent taste of Takayama's famed craftsmanship and design in one small place.
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