Gifu Prefecture

Gifu is said to be the heart of Japan in more ways than one: Not only is the prefecture located right in the centre of the nation, Gifu has played a pivotal role in its unification as well.

Several key highlights of the region include visiting the Shirakawa-go village where rare traditional thatched-roof houses still stand as they were built today, as well as swordsmiths honing their craft in Seki city.
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  • Shirakawa-go
    This traditional fairy-like village is most recognizable by its gassho-zukuri style houses, featuring thatched roofs designed to withstand heavy snowfalls. Learn more about the rich history and culture of the region, with the option of staying at one of the guesthouses for the full immersive experience. 

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  • Gifu Castle
    Perched high on Mt. Kinka, the magnificent castle is best known for being a monumental part of the legendary Battle of Sekigahara; which led to the reunification of Japan in the 16th century. Take in the beautiful surrounding views as you admire the collection of samurai weapons and archeological treasures displayed inside the castle.

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  • Fuyugaki Persimmons in Gifu
    Fuyugaki persimmons in Gifu are known for their pleasant sweetness and impressive size. During the autumn harvest season, the fruit's vibrant red colour lights up marketplaces all around!

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