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岐阜城 Gifu Castle

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18 Tenshukaku, Kinkazan, Gifu-shi, Gifu 500-0000, Japan
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[From 16th March to 11th May] 9:30-17:30, [From 12th May to 16th October] 8:30-17:30, [From 17th Octorber to 15th March] 9:30-16:30 [1st January] 6:30-16:30
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Date of post:2015/07/24

Nobunaga's primary base-of-operations as the future Conqueror of Japan

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Tourist Center Address:18 Kinkazan-Tenshukaku, Gifu-city, Gifu pref.
Japan Category : Castle
Opening Hours : Mar. 16~May 11 : 9:30-17:30
May 12~Oct. 16 : 8:30-17:30
Oct. 17~Mar. 15 : 9:30-16:30
Tel.: +81-58-263-4853

1. Outline
"The man who command Mino (Gifu area), he will command the world." Gifu was so important foothold in Warring States period. Nowadays Gifu Castle is a symbol of Gifu city. It is located on the top of Mount Kinka, along with the Nagara River. Gifu Castle was originally called "Inabayama Castle", and built in 1201. Then Dousan SAITO, famous as "viper", attacked his superior and took the Castle by force in 1533. But soon he was killed by his son Yoshitatsu. After that Nobunaga ODA, great hero in Japanese history, and he married with Dosan's daughter No-hime, attacked the Castle in 1567. Nobunaga made it his primary base-of-operations as the future Conqueror of Japan. Nobunaga renamed it "Gifu Castle," then renovate the castle into a far more magnificent and impressive.

The current Gifu Castle was built in the 1950s, the original castle had been destroyed by the air raid during the Second World War. On the top floor of the castle, an observation deck, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area, including the Nagara River, Gifu city and even Nagoya city. At various time of the year, the castle is open for night viewing, providing a quite inspiring view of Gifu city.

2. Entrance Fee
Adults (16 and over) : 200 yen
Senior (4 and over, under 16) : 100 yen
20% discount per groups of 30 or more

3. Access
About 15 minutes by Gifu-bus N80 from Gifu Station, get off at Gifu-koen, 210 yen
Three minutes’ walk to Kinkazan Ropeway Station, only three minutes to the Kinka mountain top Station, eight minutes’ walk to Gifu Castle

4. My recommendations
Gifu Castle is dramatically illuminated every night from sunset to 10 p.m. I love the Night view of Gifu-city. Also, for a limited period during summer, the castle's opening hours are extended to nighttime. Providing a dynamic 360-degree panoramic view of the region, this castle is one of Gifu's most popular night spots. I'm sure you are in romantic feeling.

5. Best visit time
Spring is beautiful with Sakura cherry blossoms, Autumn is also beautiful with colorful leaves. Summer is hot in Gifu area, but if you use the Ropeway (adults round trip 1,080 yen), you can easily reach to Gifu Castle.

6. Others
I read always Nobunaga's book with admiration. Especially Luis Frois, a famous Jesuit Missionary from Portugal, was personally invited by Nobunaga in the castle in 1569. After a short stay in Gifu, he described Nobunaga's remarkable character and praised the castle's extraordinary beauty. He wrote "History of Japan" and introduced to Europe first time, and it is a very important report to study about the Warring States period in Japan.

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