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Gifu Prefecture

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Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.
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Places to visit in Gifu Prefecture

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Museums in Gifu Prefecture

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Natural History Museum
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) Takayama
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall Takayama
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Gero Onsen Gassho Village Gero
3.6
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Gifu Prefecture

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Historic Site
Nagase house Shirakawa-mura
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Ski Area
Takasu Snow Park Gujo
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas Gero
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Ski Area
Meiho Ski Resort Gujo
4.2
Duration: 8 hours

Historic Sites in Gifu Prefecture

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Historic Site
Wada House Shirakawa-mura
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple Kaizu
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Chiyobo Inari Shrine Kaizu
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Site
Shirakawago Shirakawa-mura
4.1
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Gifu Prefecture

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Mountain
Mt. Sugorokudake Takayama
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Mountain
Mt. Sampoiwadake Shirakawa-mura
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Body
Kamagatani Ikeda-cho
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Mountain
Mt. Kinka Gifu
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Gifu Prefecture

Garden
Moss Phlox of Kunita Family Gujo
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Kiso Sansen Park Center Kaizu
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Shiroyama Park Takayama
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Park
Sogi Park Toki
4.2
Duration: 1 hour

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