JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Gifu Castle 岐阜城
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Path to Gifu Castle tower471 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.360 views
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View of Gifu city and Nagara River. Also see the video at YouTube.304 views
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Gifu Castle Museum265 views
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Gifu Castle Museum261 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.250 views
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Gifu Castle tower236 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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Castle tower235 views
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan and ropeway233 viewsA convenient ropeway makes it a snap to visit the castle.
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Tenka Daiichi-no-mon Gate224 viewsThe first gate toward the castle tower.
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Top floor of castle tower219 views
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Ropeway station218 views
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Gifu Castle ropeway boarding area214 views
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Inside the castle tower213 viewsIt is a museum inside the tower.
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Inside Gifu Castle Museum209 views
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Low-angle view of castle tower208 views
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Castle tower observation deck208 viewsMarvelous views of Gifu city can be had.
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Former horseback riding grounds207 views
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Path to the castle tower197 viewsGo up the left steps to proceed to the tower.
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Castle tower base186 views
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Another observation deck186 views
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Remains of the Ninomaru-mon Gate184 views
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Castle clock184 views
 
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