What is GIFU Park-Life?
“Gifu, Seiryu Country” Streets and towns, the lives of people born surrounded by mountains and brought up in the midst of verdant greenery: this is how the Seiryu of Gifu enriches the people who live here.
This flow has filled the hearts of many people and also served as the source of art and culture in Gifu.
The parks of Gifu are surrounded by the Seiryu and show different aspects of themselves according to the seasons.
The parks of Gifu are individually unique. Located along the Tokai-Kanjo and Tokaihokuriku expressways, together they embody the calmness and openness that Gifu is known for.
The Gifu Park Life website presents a guide to the six parks that represent the essence of Gifu, while also giving a voice to all park lovers out there. We promote a lifestyle that engages with these parks, which refresh your body and mind and sate your curiosity for knowledge.
We introduce the beauty of Gifu, Seiryu country.
Six prefectural parks connecting Gifu
njoy art, nature, and exercise. Yoro Park is a wonderland full of delightful attractions …Click here for detailsClick here for details
Gifu Seiryu-Satoyama Park
Gifu Seiryu-Satoyama Park
Just strolling along the Satoyama roads is enjoyable and evokes …Click here for detailsClick here for details
Flower Festival Commemorative Park
Flower Festival Commemorative Park
Home to one of the world’s largest rose gardens. But the main …Click here for detailsClick here for details
Various water activities are available, featuring the Aqua Totto Gifu, the world’s largest freshwater …Click here for detailsClick here for details
In the abundant nature, it is possible to become familiar with nature, and to be adventurous, and traffic …Click here for detailsClick here for details
The flowers are all over four seasons, and the whole body skeleton of dinosaurs is also waiting …Click here for detailsClick here for details
Enrich your enjoyment of the parks of Gifu. Nearby spots
Site of Sekigahara Battleground
The western forces led by Kazushige Ishida clashed with the eastern forces led by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1600 in the Battle of Sekigahara, the largest-scale conflict during the Sengoku period. Stone plaques and flags with the family crests of the Tokugawa and Ishida clans were erected here, and this site also served as a resting place. Rental bicycles are convenient to get around the battleground.
Address: Sekigahara-cho, Fuwa-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Chiyobo Inari-jinja Shrine
A shrine for business prosperity and family safety, affectionately known as Ochobo-san. There are around 120 shops lining the entrance path, making every day seem like a festival.
Address：: 1980 Misato, Hirata-cho, Kaizu City, Gifu Prefecture
This famous castle was Kazushige Ishida’s base of operations during the Battle of Sekigahara. The four-story castle keep, a rarity in Japan, is lit up at night, making it seem to rise up in the darkness.
Address: 252 Kuruwamachi, Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture
The residence of Dosan Saito, the protagonist of the historical novel Kunitorimonogatari, set in the Sengoku era. Soon after, it was said that Nobunaga Oda attacked the castle and became its lord, changing the city name to Gifu and the castle name from Inabayama Castle to Gifu Castle. The castle is known for its showroom of historical materials on the grounds and the observation deck on the upper story. From sunset to 11 pm the castle is lit up, making it seem to rise up in the darkness.
Address: 18 Tenjukaku, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture
Cormorant fishing on the Nagara River, Gifu
Cormorants on the Seiryu and Nagara River are a fixture of the summer season, having a history of more than 1300 years. Flaming red bonfires illuminate the pitch-black river while fisherman and their cormorants fish as one using traditional fishing methods, akin to an invitation to another world.
Address: 1-2 Minatomachi, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture
Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum
Boasts Japan's largest public exhibition of actual planes, including the only remaining Hien plane in the world, manufactured in Kakamigahara, as well as simulators and hands on exhibits. Learning programs and tours are held regularly. A café and gift shop are also available.
Address: 5-1 Shimogiricho, Kakamigahara City, Gifu Prefecture
Udatsu Wall Historical District
“Udatsu” refers to a fireproof wall with the two roof edges made considerably higher in order to prevent fire from spreading from neighboring buildings. The expression “to raise an udatsu” came to signify the wishes of the common folk, as such roofs could only be afforded by the wealthy. In Mino City, many udatsu still remain in areas which used to be the merchant district during the Edo period. Merchant houses constructed from the Edo to Meiji periods retain the feel of the good old days. Some houses have been designated important cultural properties by the national and municipal governments.
Address: Kajiya-cho, Mino City, Gifu Prerecture
Nameless Pond (Monet’s Pond)
The water lilies that bloom in the highly transparent water are beautiful, resembling the Water Lilies series of paintings by Claude Monet. The sight of carp swimming in the pond together with the water lilies in summer is truly a sight to behold.
Address: 1643-17 Sakadorikamigase, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture
Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall
Birth place of Chiune Sugihara. Gallery showcasing Yaotsu and Lithuanian culture in wooden frames made from Gifu wood, and Chiune’s office and observation room are also here.
Address: 1071 Yaotsu, Yaotsu-cho, Kamo-gun, Gifu Prefecture
Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi
The museum’s unconventional shape was conceived from the borrow pits from where soil is taken to make these tiles. You can enjoy the large collection of tiles on display as well as various hands-on workshops.
Address: 2082-5 Kasahara-cho, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture
Eiho-ji Temple on Mt. Kokeizan
The Kannondo and Kaizondo temple halls here have been designated national treasures, and the circular garden pond is also famous nationally. The fall colors of the approximately 700-year-old large ginkgo tree are also a highlight.
Address: 1-42 Kokeizan-cho, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture
Ruins of Akechi Castle
Said to be the birthplace of Mitsuhide Akechi, the famous warrior of the Sengoku period. Jiro Akechi surrendered to Shimotsuke no Kami Yorigane in 1342. It is thought to have been the castle of the Akechi family until the attack by Yoshitatsu Saito in 1556.
Address: Seta, Kani City, Gifu Prefecture
Operates “bicycle trains” where bicycles can be brought on board. Rental bicycles are available for a pleasant cycling tour along the train route. There are many maps with routes encompassing famous landmarks, e.g. the Tado Shrine/Kiso Three Rivers Park route, Sekigahara Tour route, and the Nangu Shrine route.
Ogaki City The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and Other Travel Sketches Commemorative Hall
You can relive the small roads travelled by the famous poet Basho Matsuo in Ogaki City, the last stop on his travels as recorded in his work “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”. Explore the character and life of Basho Matsuo in the Bashokan where the essence of the small roads is conveyed via 3D video.
Address: 2-26-1 Funamachi, Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture
Home to 65,000 documents on traditional Japanese and modern medicine, with 2,000 out of 62,000 books on display. The museum holds annual themed exhibitions with a different theme each year.
Address: 1 Kawashimatakehayamachi, Kakamigahara City, Gifu Prefecture
Minokamo Kenko no Mori
Minokamo Kenko no Mori is a forest park with mini golf and barbeque facilities, suitable for a day out with the family. You can see Mt. Mitakesan, Mt. Ibukisan, and Mt. Enasan from the observation deck during good weather. Moreover, you can enjoy light mountaineering by walking along the ridge of Mt. Takayama and Yamaonue-Fuji.
Address: 7559 Yamanoue-cho, Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture
Ruins of Mino-Kaneyama-jo Castle
Dosan Saito’s adopted son Masayoshi Saito built this mountain castle on the summit of Mt. Kojozan in 1537. Yoshinari Mori, retainer of Nobunaga Oda, became lord of the castle in 1565. The eastern and the Nakano area are visible from the altitude of 276m.
Address: Kaneyama, Kani City, Gifu Prefecture
River Port Park Minokamo
In addition to being a place where one can relax, enjoy oneself, and destress, the very function of a park, this leisure- and fitness-themed park features rivers and forests to promote a “back-to-nature lifestyle”.
Address: 2-6-6 Mikado-cho, Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture
Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum
This museum showcases the 700-year history of swordmaking in Seki. Information on how traditional Japanese swords are made is displayed, and a traditional Japanese sword workshop and artisan performance venue, and the Sword Festival are among the public events held. There is also an ongoing exhibition of actual swords that represent the essence of swordmaking in Seki.
Address: 9-1 Minamikasuga-cho, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture
Mino Washi Musuem
This museum introduces the history and techniques of Mino washi (traditional Japanese paper) which spans the last 1,300 years. Besides regular exhibition rooms, the museum features unique paper-themed exhibitions and also organizes papermaking tours and workshops.
Address: 1851 Warabi, Mino City, Gifu Prefecture
Mino Washi Lantern Art Gallery
This gallery displays prizewinning entries from the Mino Washi Lantern Art Exhibit held every fall in Mino City. The first floor features a free resting area and a shop selling lanterns made from Mino washi. The second floor features a museum area that recreates the Mino Washi Lantern Art Exhibit.
Address: 1901-3 Motozumicho, Mino City, Gifu Prefecture