3 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

3 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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Takayama
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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Takayama online route builder.

Osaka to Takayama is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in February, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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