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Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

If you have been to a castle in Japan before you can skip the interior of this one;
go instead for the amazing panoramic views of the valley below. Also to get a work out
getting up the small mountain to the castle itself. A cable car runs every ten minutes and is SRO so lots can get aboard. Small children may be frightened by the view so best to keep them to the middle of the car otherwise try to get toward the back as you go up or the front as you go down to catch the view.
At the cable car stop there is a "Squirrel Village" where for a fee you can walk through a wire enclosure and for another fee you can feed them while wearing gloves. I don't think they are responsible should you get bitten however, be sure to check.
There is an observation deck atop the restaurant at this level and a good size souvenir shop and ice cream- of course- for sale. The steps leading from this point to the castle are somewhat steep and can be uneven as they are made of natural stone. Many fathers carry many children both up and down so be prepared for cardio.
People in top condition can hike up from the park at ground level which takes about an hour. Cable car tickets are around 1000 yen per person round trip.
Across from the castle itself is a large observatory building with another restaurant if you don't mind more steps up- we took a pass.
This is a great photo op; but note that the best photos of the castle will be from below it as there is not enough space to get a good level shot at the entrance.

1  Thank Prepcook
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

The view from Gifu Castle is formidable. One can imagine the vision of Oda Nobunaga from the top. However, the exhibits inside the Gifu Castle are not as attractive as you may find in other Japanese castles. However, the fare is just 200 yen, so we can't complain at all. Visitors need to walk up stairs and slopes from the cable station which may be difficult for the elderly.

Thank gingerbrownie
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We took the cable car up the hill and the Meditation Trail back down which was beautiful. Because the castle is high on the hill & surrounded by trees it is hard to actually see the castle, but the view is incredible and the walk down beautiful. We also wandered down the street to the 'Great Buddha' and 'Inaba Shrine'. All stunning and in walking distance. If you are staying in Nagoya this is the perfect day trip. Super relaxed and a lovely day.

1  Thank Claudia_Larsen
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Reviewed 5 September 2017


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.

1  Thank Cyber0515
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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!!!

Thank SanTiili
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