First Time Tourists Guide in Gifu

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Gifu is a city in central Japan. It's famous for Gifu Castle that you must visit.

Prepare your money in the Japanese Yen (¥) cash to pay everything in the Gifu.

Come and taste its delicious Hida Beef and local sake!

Get something at Nagara River Depa store to remind you of your trip to Gifu city.

Scroll down to get information about other cool places to explore in the city!

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SIGHTSEEING

Gifu Castle is a popular attraction in the city to visit. This place is located along with Mount Kinka and the Nagara River. This 16th-century place is one of the main symbols of Gifu city. Enjoy the panoramic views of the mount, river, and the city. Explore this cultural castle, built with Japanese architecture. Don't forget to visit the Gifu Castle Museum near the castle too!

Gifu Castle

It is one of the main symbols of the city.

Lovely place for light hiking with family and kids.

Visitor can see the vibrant gifu city view from above the castle.

Inside the castle, there is a little museum which is very interesting.

Address : Japan, 〒500-0000 Gifu, 18

DOWNTOWN

Gifu Park is a cool destination in downtown city. This is a busy park in the city with its cultural buildings, fountains, and sakura trees around the park. You can take a walk and watch people in this place. Also, there are Kato Eizo & Toichi Memorial Art Museum and Oda Nobunagai Ruins to explore Japanese culture and history at this park.

Gifu Park

Very beautiful park exhibiting what nature has to offer.

The view absolute gorgeous during winter time.

Rent a bicycle to go around gifu and this place is good for view and sigthseeing.

Address : 1 Chome Omiyacho, Gifu, 500-8003, Japan

SHOPPING

長良川デパ (Nagara River Depa) is a store to get local souvenirs. This nice store sells items, from accessories to local sake. Check out its crafts because they are so beautiful. If you prefer local drinks to bring home as the souvenir, you can come to 松山商店 (Matsuyama store). This is a liquor store with various local drinks to offer. Sake and wine are the main options at this store. They sell the drinks with high-quality.

長良川デパ (Niagara River Depa)

This nice store sell items, from accessories to local sake.

Check out its crafts because they are so beautiful.

Address : 46 Minatomachi, Gifu, 500-8009, Japan

松山商店 (Matsuyama store)

If you prefer local drinks to bring home as the souvenir, you can come to 松山商店 (Matsuyama store).

Sake and wine are the main options at this store.

Address : 2 Chome-12-1 Hananokicho, Gifu, 502-0824, Japan

FOOD & DRINK

The authentic food to eat in the city is Hida Beef. Most people like it cooked with sushi-style, raw, over vinegared rice. You can get it at many local restaurants in the city. Keichan-yaki, Takayama ramen, and soba miso are also the local cuisines from Gifu city. Don't forget to try some local sake!

CULTURE

Gifu is a city in central Japan. This city is famous for its beautiful parks and museums to explore. There are about 403.647 people live in the city. Mostly the speak Japanese with the Mino dialect. It's hard to find people who speak and understand English in the city. So, you will need a dictionary or language application! Prepare your money in the Japanese Yen (¥) currency to pay everything in the Gifu. For the cultural event, there is a famous festival called the Gifu Nobunaga Festival you might join.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit the city is between May and June or August and October. It's when the weather is so pleasant and warm to explore the great places in the city. Keep a close watch on weather forecast. There is a slight chance of rain in these months.

HOTEL

Stay at Gifu Grand Hotel when you visiting the city. This hotel is so comfortable to sleep in. Come with your family or friends because they offer huge bedrooms and excellent facilities, like bathhouses. Also, you can enjoy the Niagara River from your window. This hotel is located 2 km from iconic Gifu Castle. Also, you can stay at Dormy Inn Gifuekimae. This luxurious hotel offers the best comfort to stay while exploring the city. It's located near the Gifu train station, Yanagase shopping arcade, and Gifu Castle.

Gifu Grand Hotel

Come with your family or friends because they offer huge bedrooms and excellent facilities, like bathhouse.

Dining options include a refined restaurant with river and castle views, as well as a Chinese eatery.

There's a cozy bar and a karaoke room, plus a gender-segregated, communal bathhouse with a sauna and hot spring pools.

Address : Gifu Grand Hotel, Nagara, Gifu, 502-0071, Japan

Dormy Inn Gifuekimae

Bright and airy rooms offer free Wi-Fi, mini fridges and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

Amenities include a bright restaurant, as well as a sauna, and a communal bathhouse offering indoor and open-air soaking pools with natural hot spring water.

This modern hotel is a 14-minute walk from Yanagase shopping arcade.

Address : 6 Chome-31 Yoshinomachi, Gifu, 500-8844, Japan

RESTAURANT

Have dinner at Bakuro Ichidai Gifukanda. This yakiniku restaurant is so Japanese! You will like the decor and the seating. They serve delicious local cuisines and drinks to taste. The shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and nigiri are highly recommended at this place. Also, you can enjoy the foods at 京風 一豚 (Kyōfū Ichi buta). This is a Japanese restaurant, popular for its shabu-shabu. But, don't forget to try the dashi or pork dishes too! Beer and wine are also served here.

Bakuro Ichidai Gifukanda

This yakiniku restaurant is so Japanese!

They serve delicious local cuisines and drinks to taste.

The shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and nigiri are hilly recommended!

Address : 7-chōme-7 Kandamachi, Gifu, 500-8833, Japan

京風 一豚 (Kyōfū ichi buta)

This is Japanese restaurant, popular for its shabu-shabu.

Don't forget to try the dashi or pork dishes too!

Address : Japan, 〒500-8833 Gifu, Kandamachi, 5 Chome−17 杉山ビル 1F

CAFE

Chill out at Shikishima Coffee. This cafe is a destination for coffee lovers. The place is so warm to relax. They serve delicious coffee in various ways. For the foods, the parfait and curry are the favorite options. You can also come to the Pronto cafe. This place is so cozy to read books or hang out with your travel buddies. The spaghetti and cakes are so yummy, as well as coffee and tea.

Shikishima Coffee

This cafe is a destination for coffee lovers.

They serve delicious coffees in various ways.

Address : Gifu Station, 1-chōme Hashimotochō, Gifu, 500-8856, Japan

Pronto

This place is so cozy to read books or hang out with your travel buddies.

The spaghetti and cakes are so yummy, as well as the coffee and tea.

Address : 9 Chome-1-1 Kandamachi, Gifu, 500-8833, Japan

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Bar Sabio is a Spanish restaurant, but it's a favorite place to enjoy the night. The place is warm and shady. They have a nice outdoor seating, delicious late-night foods, and good vibe to offer. Don't forget to taste its amazing paella and al ajillo ! For the drink, there is delicious wines you can try. Also, you can come to Marquee Sports Bar Gifu. This nice cafe has a nice space and karaoke. They serve a huge array of cocktail to choose from and order.

Bar Sabio

Bar Sabio is a Spanish restaurant, but it's a favorite place to enjoy the night.

They have a nice outdoor seating, delicious late-night foods, and good vibe to offer.

Don't forget to taste its amazing paella and al ajillo!

Address : 18-5 Tamamoricho, Gifu, 500-8837, Japan

Marquee Sports Bar Gifu

This nice cafe has a nice space and karaoke

They serve great cocktails to order.

The late-night cuisines are so delicious!

Address : 6 Chome-11-5 Kandamachi, Gifu, 500-8833, Japan

INTERESTING PLACE

World Freshwater Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu is a must to visit in the city. This huge modern aquarium is home for sea animals. Meet cute fish, birds, and sea lions! You can visit its gift shop and restaurant before you leave. Another cool place is Kogane Shrine. This is a sacred and cultural shrine you can visit and enjoy the Japanese atmosphere. Explore the area and its informative stories that you won't find anywhere else.

World Freshwater Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu

This huge modern aquarium is home for sea animals.

Meet cute fish, birds, and sea lions!

You can visit its gift shop and restaurant before you leaving.

Address : 1453 Kawashima Kasadamachi, Kakamigahara, Gifu 501-6021, Japan

Kogane Shrine

This is a sacred and cultural shrine you can visit and enjoy the Japanese atmosphere.

Explore the area and its informative stories that you won't find anywhere else.

Address : Japan, 〒500-8842 Gifu, Koganemachi, 5 Chome−3

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

The Great Buddha of Gifu (Shōbō Temple) is a Buddist temple with a vintage area of Japan. There are so many spots for taking photos, like with the statues, buildings, or streets. Also, there is the Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum with its Japan Air-Defence Force. This place is located in Kakamigahara. You can take pictures of the cool exhibits in this museum!

Great Buddha of Gifu (Shōbō Temple)

Great Buddha of Gifu (Shōbō Temple) is a Buddhist temple with vintage area of Japan.

There are so many spots for taking photos!

Address : 8 Daibutsucho, Gifu, 500-8018, Japan

Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum

You will be amazed by its Japan Air-Defense Force.

This place is located in Kakamigahara.

There are many spots to take cool photos at this museum.

Address : 5 Chome-1 Shimogiricho, Kakamigahara, Gifu 504-0924, Japan