Discover Gifu

Nestled among dominant mountains and to the north of Nagoya, Gifu is home to numerous parks and gardens, sights and monuments. Visit the Kinkazan Observatory and the ropeway Mountaintop in particular to get a chance to see some amazing views of the city. 

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

FAQs

Getting around in Gifu

The easiest way around Gifu is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. 

Getting to Gifu

Public transportation:
Travelers who come by train will have to transfer at Gifu station. From there, it is a 10 - 15 minute bus ride to most sights within Gifu. 

 

Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

 

Car rentals:

How long to stay in Gifu

We recommend staying in Gifu for about half a day.
 

Hotels in Gifu

Flights to Gifu

The nearest and most convenient airport is Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

Seasonal information

Scenic rides:

  • Mount Kinka ropeway: click here for the most up-to-date information.

Festivals in Gifu

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Dosan Festival

    • Date: first Saturday and Sunday in April

    • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
       

  • Gifu Festival

    • Date: night of the first Saturday in April
       

  • Tejikara Fire Festival

    • Date:second Saturday of April and the second Sunday of August

    • Time: 18:30 - 21:30

 

  • Fireworks on Nagara River

    • Date: last Saturday of July and the first Saturday of August

    • Time: 19:20 - 20:35

 

  • Nagara River Takigi Noh

    • Date: August

    • Time: 18:00 - 20:30

 

  • Gifu Nobunaga Festival

    • Date: first Saturday and Sunday of October

    • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
       

  • Ikenoue Purification Ceremony Festival

    • Date: second Saturday of December

    • Time: 15:00

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