JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Gifu Castle 岐阜城
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Path to Gifu Castle tower454 views
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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.349 views
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View of Gifu city and Nagara River. Also see the video at YouTube.291 views
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Gifu Castle Museum254 views
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Gifu Castle Museum248 viewsIt is located on the site of a storehouse.
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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.239 views
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Gifu Castle tower225 viewsGifu 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.
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan and ropeway222 viewsA convenient ropeway makes it a snap to visit the castle.
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Castle tower222 views
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Tenka Daiichi-no-mon Gate213 viewsThe first gate toward the castle tower.
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Top floor of castle tower208 views
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Ropeway station207 views
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Gifu Castle ropeway boarding area202 views
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Inside the castle tower199 viewsIt is a museum inside the tower.
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Inside Gifu Castle Museum198 views
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Low-angle view of castle tower197 views
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Former horseback riding grounds196 views
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Castle tower observation deck196 viewsMarvelous views of Gifu city can be had.
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Path to the castle tower186 viewsGo up the left steps to proceed to the tower.
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Castle tower base174 views
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Another observation deck174 views
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Remains of the Ninomaru-mon Gate173 views
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Castle clock173 views
 
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