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Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, Gifu

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Castle Tourist Spot
Take in the views and explore 800 years of history at Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, a hilltop fortress that acts as a symbol of the city. First constructed in 1201 CE, the castle became a center of economic and military activity over the centuries, with its prime position atop the hill making it an important base for numerous clans during regional conflicts. Learn about the history of the castle and its centrality to regional history at the museum, and spend some time looking down at the city below, with the river flowing through it and the mountains acting as an impressive backdrop. A visit to Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gifu travel itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • Must see if you visit Gifu, historical and amazing oldest highest Castle in Japan, catch the cable car up and back, amazing fir all  more »
  • We were visiting friends who lived in Gifu yet had never been to the Gifu Castle. To get to the castle we came to a buy park and lined up for a very vertical tram ride to the top of the hill and then ...  more »
  • Historically significant castle punched high on a hill. Great view of the surrounding area. Fernicular services the castle and great view.  more »
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  • Gifu Castle is a nice reward for making your way up the castle. The inside has been turned into a bit of a museum, so it's not very traditional anymore, but it shows an interesting part of history in the area.
  • Beautiful keep with various interesting objects on display. Nice view of surrounding areas. Would recommend taking the ropeway up and leisurely walk down the mountain.
  • Its a pretty cool castle and the hike is really fun. It would be better if only the castle was all original but sadly it isn't. It's a great view of the city also. The weirdest thing about the whole place is they have a 5 star bathroom at the top!!
  • A castle with good view of Gifu. Interesting display inside the castle. Must go location at gifu
  • Must do when you are in Gifu. Stunning.

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Where to stay in Gifu

Numerous accommodation options line the streets of Gifu, especially around its main train station. Three-star mid-range hotels prevail in the city center, offering basic amenities such as breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and cozy, clean rooms, while a number of budget inns and guesthouses round out the selection. Excellent transportation makes staying in Gifu a good choice for trips to nearby Nagoya.
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