Gifu Castle, Gifu City

岐阜城

Gifu Castle was once called Inabayama Castle 稲葉山城 and was the residence of Saito Dosan 斎藤道三 during the Sengoku period. The castle's name in particular was shown all over Japan in August 1567 when the incomparable hero Oda Nobunaga 織田信長 attacked the castle and conquered the entire region. This area, which was called Inokuchi 井ノ口 at the time, was renamed Gifu 岐阜 and became the base for Nobunaga’s goal of unifying the country.

To get to Gifu Castle at the top of Mt. Kinka 金華山, which is 329 meters above sea level, it is recommended to use the Mt. Kinka Ropeway from Gifu Park at the foot of the mountain.

From the mountaintop station to Gifu Castle, you have to climb steep stone steps, but this is a real challenge for the elderly. Be careful as it can be slippery on rainy days. From the castle tower on the 4th floor of Gifu Castle, you can see the Nagara River 長良川 and the cityscape of Gifu below.

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