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“Pretty good for an 'imitation' castle”

Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
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“Pretty good for an 'imitation' castle”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

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.

Visited June 2012
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Royersford, Pennsylvania
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“Great view, inside and out”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

The cable ride up is fun, with a great view of the area. The inside of the castle houses a museum of arms, helmets and armour from centuries past.

Visited May 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Great View, Cold Wind.”
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Gifu Castle is on the top of Mt Kinka. To get there, take a bus from Gifu Station (200 yen) to Gifu Park which is at the bottom of Mt Kinka. The cable car Station is next to the park. Cable car cost (as at Nov 2011) for adult is 600 yen one way or 1050 yen for round trip. Childrens fare (between 4 and 11) is 280 yen one way and 520 yen return.
The cable car stops about 30 metres below the castle. Then it's a climb up steep steps for the rest of the way. It's worth the effort as the view from the castle tower is really good. We were there in November so the wind was very cold on the outside of the tower. There is a museum inside the castle tower and another in the weapon and food Storage house.
There is also a small restaurant about halfway between the top cable car station and the castle. It has simple meals such as curry and rice and the view from there is also a good.

Visited November 2011
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“expensive to get into, and a tiny castle”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

but nice views from the top. The climb up kinku mountain to get to this shrine is the most fun bit of this place. Sometimes there are samurai hanging out in the castle.

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Monterey, California
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“Best View of the Area”
Reviewed December 13, 2010

There's several different paths up to Gifu Castle, plus the ropeway for a fee. I would definitely take the paths, at least one way, to get the full experience. There's a big map at the base and some pamphlets as well. However, you need to speak a little bit of Japanese in order to get one of those pamphlets. The path itself sometimes just looks like a lot of rock, but keep on going and you'll get to the top.

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