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Nagara River Ukai Cormorant Fishing 長良川鵜飼


From May 11 to Oct. 15, the famous Nagara River Ukai cormorant fishing is performed by fishing masters. In the evenings, you can ride on a boat on Nagaragawa River to watch them fish ayu sweetfish with a bright torch and the birds diving and catching the fish in their throats. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Gifu Castle 岐阜城


Gifu Castle is a mountaintop castle on Mt. Kinkazan in central Gifu city. It was once the residence of Lord Dosan Saito and later Nobunaga Oda. The present castle was reconstructed as a ferro-concrete building in 1956. The castle commands spectacular views of Gifu. Accessible by ropeway. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri ぎふ信長まつり


Held on the first weekend in Nov., the Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri's highlight is a Sunday afternoon parade (1:00 pm–2:00 pm) of people dressed in historical costumes centering on Oda Nobunaga (usually played by a celebrity), considered to be the father of Gifu city. They parade on the main drag from JR Gifu Station to the foot of Mt. Kinkazan, the location of Gifu Castle. The festival used to be held on the first weekend in Oct. These photos were taken on Oct. 8, 2017.

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Inaba Shrine on New Year's Day 伊奈波神社 初詣


Inaba Shrine is near the foot of Mt. Kinkazan (Gifu Castle) and Gifu city's most popular shrine for worship during New Year's. I visited on Jan. 1, 2011.

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Gifu City Tower 43 岐阜シティ・タワー43


That super tall building next to JR Gifu Station is Gifu City Tower 43 that opened in Oct. 2007. Besides a few shops and restaurants, the building has a great lookout deck on the top. And it's free. On a clear day, you can see far and wide, like skyscrapers in Nagoya and Mt. Ibuki.

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Nakasendo Kano-juku and Kano Castle 加納宿・加納城跡


Kano-juku was the 53rd station or lodging/post town of the Nakasendo Road. In 1601 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu abolished Gifu Castle, he had Kano Castle constructed. Kano-juku then thrived as a castle town and became Nakasendo's fifth largest shukuba lodging town. It had the Honjin, Waki-Honjin, and 35 lodges. The population was 2,728.

No original buildings remain, except for Tenmangu Shrine and Kano Castle's stone walls in a large castle park. A few markers indicate the location of the Waki Honjin and Honjin. Short walk south of JR Gifu Station.

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