Gifu (岐阜) is the capital of Gifu prefecture, Japan.

Get in

By plane

Chubu International Airport (NGO) is the nearest airport to Gifu. Meitetsu trains run directly from the airport to the Meitetsu Gifu station three times per hour at a cost of ¥1310 for an unreserved seat, or ¥1660 for a reserved seat; seat reservations are mandatory on the limited-stop μSKY trains. The trip takes about one hour.

By train

Gifu is a station on the JR Tokaido Main Line and JR Takayama Line. Frequent services on the Tokaido Line run to Gifu from Nagoya Station (18-25 minutes, ¥450). From Tokyo it takes approximately 2 1/4-2 1/2 hours via the Tokaido Shinkansen Nozomi service, changing at Nagoya (¥11000). The Nozomi is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass; Hikari services from Tokyo will slightly increase the travel time. From Kyoto and Osaka, it takes slightly over an hour to reach Gifu via Nozomi, changing in Nagoya (¥6100).

The Nagoya to Gifu journey is actually one in which travel by JR line is faster and cheaper - the private Meitetsu Railway runs from Nagoya into Meitetsu-Gifu Station in 30 minutes at a cost of ¥540. The Meitetsu station in Gifu is located about 400 meters northeast of the JR station.

Limited Express trains on the JR Takayama Line run from JR Gifu to Gero Onsen (80 minutes, ¥3300) and Hida-Takayama (2 1/4 hours, ¥4800).

There is also Limited Express service via Maibara to Kanazawa (2 1/2 hours, ¥6700) and Toyama (3 1/4 hours, ¥7800). In addition there is a more scenic route to Toyama via the Takayama line which takes around 3 3/4 hours.

Gifu-Hashima is a local stop on the Tokaido Shinkansen in the city of Hashima, about 12 km southwest of Gifu. It is possible to reach Gifu city from here using the Meitetsu Takehana Line, which runs out of nearby Shin-Hashima Station - through trains to Meitetsu-Gifu run from the late afternoon and take 30 minutes at a cost of ¥420. Many trains terminate at Kasamatsu from where you can transfer to reach Gifu. Most travelers coming from the west, however, opt to travel to Nagoya and change there for train service to Gifu.

By bus

There are scheduled buses (5 times/day) connecting Osaka Namba OCAT to Shin Gifu Bus Center. The trip takes less than 3 hours under normal traffic condition. Gifu's close proximity to Nagoya means that very few highway buses actually stop here. Travelers considering coming by bus will have a lot more options by going to Nagoya and then taking a 20 minute train ride to Gifu Station.

Get around

Gifu City is serviced by the Meitetsu run Gifu Bus as well as JR Buses. JR passes are accepted on JR buses.

Also, there are three Rent-a-Cycle stations in downtown Gifu (JR Gifu Station, Gifu City Hall South Branch, and Gifu Park). You can rent bikes for 100 yen per day.


Gifu Castle


Ukai (cormorant fishing) occurs every year between May 11th and October 15th on the Nagara River. Gifu City is the only place where this tradition has continued uninterrupted for 1300 years. You can watch this spectacular event by boarding a viewing boat or watching from the banks of the river. Most of the action is upriver from Nagara-bashi. Tour boats begin embarking from about 6:00 pm (for those serving dinner aboard) until 6:30 or 7:00 (a bit later during the peak of summer). The night-fishing show begins after dark, around 8:00 pm or later during the summer months, and finishes by 9:00, in time to get back to a train station and return to Nagoya for those on a day trip.

Japanese kindergartners climb Kinka-zan


The traditional industries of Gifu City are Japanese umbrellas (wagasa) and lanterns, both of which are made of hand-made paper.




There are numerous business hotels near JR Gifu Station. Stingy backpackers may wish to note that whilst Gifu does have one manga cafe, it offers a single tatami with a table covering half of it as its flat booth, making it not really one suitable for sleeping within.

Go next

Routes through Gifu

Kyoto Maibara  W  E  Nagoya Tokyo
Toyama Gero  N  S  END
Kyoto Sekigahara  W  E  Ichinomiya Nagoya
Kyoto Sekigahara  W  E  Ichinomiya Nagoya

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