JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Gifu Castle 岐阜城
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Path to Gifu Castle tower457 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.351 views
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View of Gifu city and Nagara River. Also see the video at YouTube.293 views
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Gifu Castle Museum256 views
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Gifu Castle Museum250 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.241 views
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Gifu Castle tower227 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 ropeway224 viewsA convenient ropeway makes it a snap to visit the castle.
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Castle tower224 views
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Tenka Daiichi-no-mon Gate215 viewsThe first gate toward the castle tower.
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Top floor of castle tower210 views
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Ropeway station209 views
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Gifu Castle ropeway boarding area204 views
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Inside the castle tower201 viewsIt is a museum inside the tower.
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Inside Gifu Castle Museum200 views
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Low-angle view of castle tower199 views
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Former horseback riding grounds198 views
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Castle tower observation deck198 viewsMarvelous views of Gifu city can be had.
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Path to the castle tower188 viewsGo up the left steps to proceed to the tower.
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Castle tower base176 views
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Another observation deck176 views
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Remains of the Ninomaru-mon Gate175 views
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Castle clock175 views
 
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