Last additions - Gifu Castle 岐阜城
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Another observation deckJul 24, 2005
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Ropeway stationJul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle MuseumIt is located on the site of a storehouse.Jul 24, 2005
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Top floor of castle towerJul 24, 2005
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View of Gifu city and Nagara River. Also see the video at YouTube.Jul 24, 2005
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Castle tower observation deckMarvelous views of Gifu city can be had.Jul 24, 2005
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Inside Gifu Castle MuseumJul 24, 2005
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Castle tower baseJul 24, 2005
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Inside the castle towerIt is a museum inside the tower.Jul 24, 2005
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Castle clockJul 24, 2005
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Low-angle view of castle towerJul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle MuseumJul 24, 2005
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Castle towerJul 24, 2005
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Path to Gifu Castle towerJul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle towerGifu Castle was originally called Inabayama Castle. Its known history starts from the 16th century with Lord Saito Dosan. Oda Nodunaga later took over the castle in 1567. He also renamed Inaba city as "Gifu."

Nobunaga left Gifu Castle and moved to Azuchi Castle in Shiga Pref. His sons took over Gifu Castle. Right before the Battle of Sekigahara, Tokygawa Ieyasu's forces attacked Gifu Castle which burned to the ground on Aug. 23, 1600.

The current castle tower was reconstructed in 1954.
Jul 24, 2005
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Former horseback riding groundsJul 24, 2005
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Path to the castle towerGo up the left steps to proceed to the tower.Jul 24, 2005
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Remains of the Ninomaru-mon GateJul 24, 2005
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Tenka Daiichi-no-mon GateThe first gate toward the castle tower.Jul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan as seen from the Tokaido Line train. The castle can still be seen from many kilometers away. It is one of the symbols of Gifu city.Jul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle ropeway boarding areaJul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan and ropewayA convenient ropeway makes it a snap to visit the castle.Jul 24, 2005
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan as seen from the Nagara River. In the foreground is Nagaragawa Onsen Spa. Commanding a strategic viewpoint of the entire city, Mt. Kinkazan must have looked like an obvious place to build a castle.Jul 24, 2005
 
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