Like many other castles in Japan, Gifu Castle was burned down many times and the one on the top of the mountain in Gifu is a recreation of what it used to look like. The interior and exterior of the castle is therefore not as authentic as it could be, but the contents of the museum are pretty impressive as it provides a lot of information on Oda Nobunaga, who played a key role in the history of feudal Japan. The selection of weaponry, armor and art on display makes it worth it. I do not, however, recommend walking up it. The trail isn't that exciting and unless its late fall-early spring, you will be sweating so much by the time you reach the top, you won't enjoy it. Take the cable car up and if you want to, walk back down. There are several trails to get back down and the walking is easier.
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