Exploring Gifu Prefecture with Mio

Gifu City

  1. Gifu Castle:
    Mio visited Gifu Castle, perched on Mount Kinka. “The view from the castle is stunning, offering a panoramic view of Gifu City and the surrounding mountains,” she said.
  2. Nagaragawa Ukai:
    Mio experienced the traditional cormorant fishing on the Nagara River. “Watching the fishermen skillfully handle the cormorants was fascinating,” she noted.
  3. Gifu Park:
    Mio explored Gifu Park, located at the base of Mount Kinka. “The park is a beautiful place for a leisurely stroll, with lush greenery and historical monuments,” she commented.


  1. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama:
    Mio visited the UNESCO World Heritage site known for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. “The unique architecture and picturesque village setting are truly enchanting,” she said.
  2. Takayama Jinya:
    Mio explored Takayama Jinya, a historic government building. “The well-preserved building and its grounds offer a glimpse into the Edo period,” she remarked.
  3. Sanmachi Suji District:
    Mio wandered through the old streets of the Sanmachi Suji District. “The traditional wooden buildings and quaint shops create a charming atmosphere,” she noted.


  1. Gujo Hachiman Castle:
    Mio visited Gujo Hachiman Castle, known for its scenic views. “The view from the castle is breathtaking, especially during the cherry blossom season,” she said.
  2. Gujo Odori:
    Mio experienced the Gujo Odori, a traditional dance festival. “Dancing with the locals in the streets was an unforgettable experience,” she commented.
  3. Sogi-sui Spring:
    Mio visited Sogi-sui Spring, famous for its clear and fresh water. “The spring water is incredibly pure and refreshing,” she remarked.


  1. Gero Onsen:
    Mio relaxed at Gero Onsen, one of Japan’s top three hot springs. “The onsen is perfect for unwinding and soaking in the healing waters,” she said.
  2. Onsenji Temple:
    Mio visited Onsenji Temple, which overlooks Gero Onsen. “The temple’s serene atmosphere and the view of the town are wonderful,” she noted.
  3. Gero Gassho Village:
    Mio explored Gero Gassho Village, an open-air museum featuring traditional gassho-zukuri houses. “The village offers a fascinating look into the region’s rural architecture and lifestyle,” she commented.


  1. Seki Hamono Museum:
    Mio visited the Seki Hamono Museum, dedicated to the city’s renowned knife and sword-making tradition. “The craftsmanship of the knives and swords is impressive,” she said.
  2. Monet’s Pond:
    Mio admired Monet’s Pond, known for its clear waters and beautiful koi fish. “The pond looks like a living painting, it’s incredibly beautiful,” she noted.
  3. Mino Washi Museum:
    Mio explored the Mino Washi Museum, which showcases traditional Japanese paper. “Learning about the papermaking process and seeing the intricate designs was very interesting,” she remarked.
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