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“The view from the castle is beautiful, but you should not expect the exhibits”

Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
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Kimono Local Tour in a small castle town, Gifu
Ranked #2 of 125 things to do in Gifu
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

標高329mの金華山の頂上に位置する城。名だたる戦国武将がこの城を拠点にしようと戦いを繰り広げた通り、この城からの眺めはとても素晴らしく、肥沃な濃尾平野を一望できる。晴れ渡る日には名古屋の方まで見渡すことができ、また山自体が急峻で攻略しにくいことから、戦略上重要な城であることが伺える。戦国時代を語る上で欠かせない歴史構造物であるものの、展示品は関連性が無い、もしくは薄い物が多く、さらには現代作家が描いた戦国武将の絵画が展示されていることが多いため、発掘された遺物等の展示の期待は避けた方がいい。歴史の展示物を鑑賞するならば、麓の歴史博物館をお勧めする。
途中までロープウェイで行くことが出来るが、勿論麓から徒歩で行くことも出来る。天候が安定して脚力に自信があれば、挑戦してみるのもいいかもしれない。また夏季は夜間でも登城出来る(22:00まで)。岐阜城からの夜の岐阜市内や名古屋を眺めるのも、いい思い出となるだろう。

The castle is located at the top of Mt.Kinka with an altitude of 329m. As Sengoku warlords such as Oda Nobunaga fought in order to base this castle, the view of Nobi Plain from this castle is very wonderful! On sunny days, you'll be able to look over Nagoya. Seeing all around of the castle to long distance, and the castle is located at the top of a steep mountain, are the reason for being strategically important.
However, the exhibition inside the building simulating this castle is not very attractive. Because they are not related to this castle or not much related. In addition the paintings of Sengoku warlords drawn by modern painter are displayed. I recommend you that you do not expect the exhibits of the excavated artifacts from this castle. If you want to appreciate historical exhibits, I recommend you the Gifu City historical museum.
Ropeway is running to the middle of the mountain. If you are confident in leg strength, you can go to the castle by foot. In summer, you can use the castle at night(until 22:00). Night view of Gifu city and Nagoya city is also very beautiful.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Take a rope way to the half way of castle and then you have to walk little bit. Nice view from the Castle. There is also one museum inside of the castle. Go there when the weather is clear because then you can see far away, also sunset time is pretty nice. You can find also restaurant near the castle with amazing view!!!

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

As it was raining, we could hardly see the whole exterior of the castle and certainly no view at all. (I think even on a clear day, one also cannot get a good view of the whole castle as it was built at the top of the mountain surrounded with trees.)

If you are going to visit Nagoya Castle, you can save the 200 Yen admission fee required of the Gifu Castle museum as Nagoya Castle has a larger display of weapons and armor. Nagoya Castle is also much easier to gain access to.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

I really enjoy visiting the castles of Japan. I enjoyed my trip up to Gifujo also, but not really because of the castle itself. Inside they have a fantastic, although small, display of arms, armor and items found from the original. The view at the top of the area was breathtaking. Literally. Even though I took the cable car to the top, there was still a short 10 minute hike to the castle itself over uneven stone walkways. Wear good shoes.
The castle museum was disappointing to me, as it was all in Japanese. There was only one display that I could appreciate of reproduction armor.
I do recommend spending the 200 extra yen to visit the squirrel village next to the cable car at the top, and also the palace excavation site nearby.

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Must see if you visit Gifu, historical and amazing oldest highest Castle in Japan, catch the cable car up and back, amazing fir all

Thank Eagle E
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