Japan is well-known for its castles and shrines, and Gifu Castle is one of its most unique and famous castles. Gifu Castle is located in Gifu Park in Gifu City, on the top of the 329-m-high Mount Kinka. It was formerly known as Inabayama Castle. Gifu Castle was originally built in the 13th century. The castle has four floors with exhibits of Edo Period armor, photographs, paintings and samurai weapons. There is also an observation desk at the top of the castle to view the beauty of Nagara River and the city of Gifu below. One more top attraction at Gifu Castle is the Kinkazan Squirrel Village. As we get inside the building, we can see all squirrels freely running around, and you will even get a chance to feed these cute creatures. Animal lovers can have a great time!
★Access: Take a bus from JR Gifu station from platform 12 or 13, and get off at Gifu Koen Mae stop. Mt Kinka Ropeway takes you from Gifu Park to the top of Mt. Kinka in three minutes.The round trip costs 1,080 yen for adults. The entry fee for the Squirrel village is 200 yen.
Photos & report by Shroff Bharath Bhagavan
* 15 JTNC Travel Reporters are currently reporting from Central Japan.