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An Ancient Castle Town with the Spirit of Nobunaga’s Hospitality

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General Nobunaga, a great leader of the Sengoku (Warring States) Period aimed to unify Japan around his stronghold at Gifu Castle.
While he certainly waged war, Nobunaga also focused his energy on creating a welcoming atmosphere for the retainers and officials who visited the castle town.
He constructed a palace known as “Paradise on Earth” that he imbued with a charm never before seen in military castle architecture.
Spectacular views welcomed visitors who could also enjoy Ukai (cormorant fishing) on the Nagara River.
Nobunaga’s omotenashi (hospitality) seemed contradictory with his reputation as a cool-headed general.
As a result, it fascinated his distinguished guests including the Portuguese missionary Luis Frois.
Although the role of the castle has changed over time, the cultural foundation that Nobunaga laid thrives in the town and along the river, and it remains one of the area’s important cultural assets.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • The Ruins of Gifu Castle

    National Historic Site

  • Gifu Castle’s Restored Castle Keep

    National Important Cultural Landscape

  • Historic Site: The Ruins of Gifu Castle (Ruins of Oda Nobunaga’s Residence) Excavated Gold-leaf Roof Tiles

    City Important Cultural Property

    Gifu City
  • Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Master’s Technique

    National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property

  • Nagaragawa Ukai Yogu

    National Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property

    Gifu City
  • Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boats Shipbuilding Technique

    City Intangible Folk Cultural Property

  • Nagara River Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boats Ship Handling Technique

    City Intangible Folk Cultural Property

    Gifu City
  • Ayu sushi creation technique handed down through Usho households

    City Intangible Folk Cultural Property

    Gifu City
  • Nagaragawa Festival / Ayu memorial

    Undesignated

  • Boat Banquet Culture

    Undesignated

    Gifu City
  • Cultural Landscape of Gifu in the Middle Basin Area of the Nagara River

    National Important Cultural Landscape

    Gifu City
  • Korakuso (Japanese restaurant)

    National Important Cultural Landscape

  • Kawaramachi-ya (café)

    National Important Cultural Landscape

  • Usho’s House

    National Important Cultural Landscape

    Gifu City
  • Kawaramachi Townscape

    National Important Cultural Landscape

  • Osushi Kaido Townscape

    National Important Cultural Landscape

  • Myosho-ji Temple Main Hall / Living Quarters

    National Important Cultural Landscape, City Important Cultural Property

  • Rakuichi-rakuza Seisatsu

    National Important Cultural Property

  • Zenko-ji Temple

    National Important Cultural Landscape

  • Hokke-ji Temple

    Undesignated

  • Enoki of Misono

    City Historic Site

  • Inaba-jinja Shrine

    Undesignated

  • Gifu Festival

    City Tangible Folk Cultural Property

  • Shobo-ji Temple (Great Buddha of Gifu)

    National Important Cultural Landscape, Prefecture / City Important Cultural Property

  • Gifu Paper Lanterns

    National Registered Tangible Folk Cultural Property, National Designated Traditional Crafts

    Gifu City
  • Gifu Uchiwa Fans

    Gifu Prefecture’s Local Handicrafts

    Gifu City
  • Gifu Japanese Umbrellas

    Gifu Prefecture’s Local Handicrafts

    Gifu City

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Nagoya Sta.(Tokaido Line)〜JR Gifu Sta.
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Nagoya Sta.(Tokaido Line)〜JR Gifu Sta.
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)〜Meitetsu Gifu-Hashima(Meitetsu Gifu-Hashima Line)〜Meitetsu Gifu Sta.
  • Car
    • Tokyo(Tomei/Meishin/Tokai-Hokuriku Expwy)〜Gifu-Kakamigahara IC・Ichinomiya-Kisogawa IC〜Gifu City
    • Osaka(Meishin/Tokai-Hokuriku Expwy)〜Gifu-Kakamigahara IC・Ichinomiya-Kisogawa IC〜Gifu City
  • Airplane
    • Chubu Centrair International Airport(Meitetsu Line)〜Meitetsu Gifu Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • From Tokyo Shinjuku Sta.(Gifu Bus)〜Meitetsu Gifu Sta.
    • From Tokyo Tokyo Sta.(JR Tokai Bus)〜JR Gifu Sta.
    • Takayama Sta.(Gifu Bus or Nouhi Bus)〜Meitetsu Gifu Sta.

CONTACT

  • Social Education Division, Board of Education, Gifu City
  • TEL:+81 58-214-2365

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