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- Another high Mountain/Hill for us … to reach the castle! 金華山is good for short hike (300m?) and that’s what we saw many locals doing. Less adventurous and we took the ropeway straight up. It cost 1080 Yen (100 Yen discount if you show a coupon obtainable from sta. Tourists Info Centre). It was a smooth and enjoyable uphill view during the short ride, within 5 mins.
To be fair we only explore the small area leading to the castle and not beyond like the hikers did.. Like most Mount we visited it is mainly a forest sanctuary, beautifully coloured depending on the Seasons. The view of Nagara River and the Gifu city is simply breathe-taking! There are several spots or viewing terrace to see panorama of the area below. There some steep steps up to the observatory. We were hungry so went into the Terrace café and took a bite. The “squirrel” tonkatsu cost just 1100 Yen which is very reasonable considered that this is a tourist-horde area! And is air conditioned, with great view!. Visited Gifu Park Squirrel enclosure
We were here for the castle, but as most TA reviewers mentioned the route and steps are challenging which may pose problems for some (see attached pic). It was crowed on a Sunday noon time, but enjoyable. We can imagine how nice the view will be in evening time when you can see the sunset and all city lights.Written December 15, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This castle is reachable by taking a bus from Gifu Station. It would take around 15 minutes to reach the base of the mountain. There are 2 choices from there, either you hike or take a cable car. There is a discount if you buy the round trip ticket. From the cable car stop on top, you'll be needing to walk towards the castle. Again this castle is a reconstruction. The material used is modern already. Compared to other castles, you will not be required to take off your footwear. The stairs leading towards the top floor is very modern, thus it is not steep unlike the original ones. There is not much to do inside but the view on top is magnificent!Written January 7, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited the Gifu Park, Museum and then took the Ropeway up Mt. Kinka to visit the famous castle. Inclined at 25 deg one hardly felt stress as it traverse at 3.6m/sec and brings up within 5mins. We bought the to-fro for 1080 Yen.
The Mt. Kinka ropeway provides the means for a quick and scenic ascent to Mt, besides hiking like some locals did. There is souvenir shop at the Mountain-foot station where we bought some good luck charm. It was orderly queue and soon we were enjoying the uphill view during the short ride.
Once ontop there are the Observatory and the Cafe. Great view. There is also the smaller Gifu Mountain Park, Squirrel enclosure and of course Gifu Castle! From here one still has to walk a series of several steep ramps and flights of stairs to reach Gifu Castle
#We have taken ropeway up Mt Rokko, Iwankuni and also Nagasaki‘s Inas, This is equally nice !Written December 13, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- While this Buddah isn't as grand as some of the others in Japan, the fact that it was created with a paper mache base made it rather interesting. Not as busy as the others and made for a nice stop after walking down the mountain from the Gifu Castle.Written November 4, 2019
- Gifu Park (岐阜公園 Gifu Kōen) is a public park located at the base of Mount Kinka in the city of Gifu. It is easily accessible from Gify JR Station by Meitetsu Bus.
Inside the park, there are many attractions, including the Gifu City Museum of History, the Eizō & Tōichi Katō Memorial Art Museum, the Nawa Insect Museum, Mt. Kinka Ropeway and of course Gifu Castle & Mount Kinka as the highlight. There is also the site of the Residence of Nobunaga as the former warlord made his military campaign with Gifu as his base.
The trees and ponds are well managed and the atmosphere is one of calm and relaxing.
Like most Japanese Park it is a place for the family to relax and unwind, at times to just stroll along or even picnic. We can imagine the garden would be breath-taking in the Fall amid the autumn foliage season or the much awaited Hanami in April…Written December 18, 2018
- Peaceful place in Gifu city center, is a Shinto shrine destroyed first by the earthquake in 1891. Rebuilt in 1905 it was destroyed during the World War II. The actual structure was built in the 80' s. Totally recommended.Written November 30, 2016
- Inaba Shrine is maybe one of the most important Shinto shrines in Gifu. I didn’t expect that it was so large. To arrive in the main building, you have to climb a long stairway, but after all it is perfectly worth. As it is at a mountain side, you can really feel a spiritual air.Written August 7, 2020
- This is a great insight into the ukai. Miserable weather outside prevented me from better enjoyment of the live birds, in their full breeding plumage. There should be some interaction with the u (cormorant) keepers and their birds. The movie is good, with english subtitles. Most displays only in Japanese. Do they serve ayu fish in the cafe? No idea, but they should. The shop has a rather pool range of non-food souvenirs. Except for some postcards and plastic folders, there are no posters, no pictures of traditional (Edo era) ukai, no magnets, no banners, ties, pillowcases... I fond the collection for sale very disappointing. But I am prepared to come back and see the improvements.Written June 7, 2019
- On the top floor of Gifu City Tower, near JR Gifu station, there is an elegant restaurant and an observatory. Even if you don’t use the restaurant, you can access this observatory freely and enjoy a nice view of the city. I visited during the day, but if you go at night, you might enjoy a quite different view. On the second floor of this building, there are some nice restaurants.Written August 7, 2020
- worth walking about 2km from Gifu JR station.
amazing design with original furniture.
on the ground floor, many seating space, meeting point, conbini, starbucks.
take escalator to the 2nd floor, breath-taking view appeared on the ceiling!
must visit !!Written March 13, 2018
- There are many preserved buildings feeling nostalgia. There are also ryokans and chic hotels with river view. Shops there offer artistic design merchandise. Only 10 minutes walk aroundWritten June 25, 2019
- Visited on a Saturday afternoon, and the museum has attracted many parents and kids for their special event that day. The museum is very beautifully done with give contents. It also gives a good account of the histories of Japan (from pre-historic time), Gifu and also life of ODA Nabunaga and his family. There is some simple English translation but it would have been better if more translation is provided for foreigners who do not read Japanese.Written February 21, 2017
- Went there with our grand daughter while in Gifu Park. Have to take the cable car to get to the park (you can hike up if you are really fit) Inexpensive, the attendants are very helpful and while the place is small the squirrels have plenty of room. (if an elephant enclosure was on a relative scale they would have acres and acres) An enjoyable experience if you have never seen squirrels in the live up close (they feed from your gloved hand)Written June 28, 2018
- In Yume Hiroba in front of JR Gifu station, there is a golden statue of Oda Nobunaga. It became one of the landmarks of Gifu. In my opinion, it is a little bit flashy, but thinking of Nobunaga‘a character it is maybe fine. The statue was put a mask as COVID 19 was being spreading.Written August 7, 2020
- This place was beautiful, lots of green forest around and a really fun day out with the family. We went on a Friday which was very quiet but I've heard that weekends can be super busy.
Parking and entry are free but some rides cost money. 100 yen for kids (under school age is free) and 200 yen for adults.
There are two parts to the park (Kids Zone and Sporek Zone) that are quite far from one another. We went to both by car but in the weekends and on public holidays there is a free shuttle that goes between them.Written October 11, 2021
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