Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River (Copyright)Gifu city office
Hida Ontake Highland Training Area (Copyright)Gifu prefecture office
The World Heritage Shirakawa-go (Copyright)Shirakawa village office
Takayama Festival (Copyright)Takayama city office
Ji-kabuki (Copyright)Sachie Oguri
Gifu Prefecture is situated in the central part of Japan. It is conveniently located in relation to Tokyo and Osaka taking 1-2 hours by bullet train, and 1 hour to get to the Chubu Centrair International Airport by express train. Since olden times, Gifu has been a key area to connect the east to the west of Japan, and thus, Oda Nobunaga, one of the greatest shoguns of Japan, built his castle here.
In Gifu, we are home to excellent sports facilities, including the “Hida Ontake Highland Training Area”, which boasts the highest level of high altitude training facilities in Japan, with 4 different areas at an elevation of 1,200-2,200m. The Hida Ontake Highland Training Area has been praised by the Athletics Federations of various countries and is achieving international recognition as a mecca of sports.
Gifu is striving to promote sports with the aim of creating an active prefecture by involving the entire community.
Many competitions are held, such as national meets for athletic and skating as well as international events for hokey and softball. Gifu annually holds the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, which has obtained IAAF Silver Label Road Race status.
Further, Gifu aims to build relationships with people all around the world including the national teams of other countries in the run up to the Tokyo 2020.
A wide variety of magnificent nature attracts many visitors to Gifu Prefecture. While 3000m mountains rise in the north, vast plains are filled by pristine streams and rivers such as Kisosansen in the south.
Gifu is also home to famous cultural assets; Shirakawa-go boasts thatched roof houses and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Honminoshi is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage; the “Float Festivals” of Takayama, Furukawa and Ogaki are one of the candidates for an Intangible Cultural Heritage. “The Ayu of the Nagara River System” was designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System. Gifu has a great number of tourist attractions, including the Sekigahara Battlefield where the battle that changed the course of Japanese history occurred as well as the well-known Gero hot springs, and local amateur ji-kabuki. You can enjoy a wide variety of fresh local cuisine from Hida beef to ayu sweet fish, mashed chestnuts, and fuyu persimmons.
We look forward to seeing you in Gifu.