|English Name||Gifu Castle|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 levels, 4 floors|
|Year Reconstructed||1956 (concrete)|
|Features||main keep, trenches, stone walls|
|Access||Gifu (Tokaida Honsen) or Gifu Hashima (Shinkansen), bus to Gifu Park, ropeway or short hike up the mountain (|
|Location||Gifu, Gifu Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 26' 2", 136° 46' 55"|
|Year Visited||1992, 1996|
|Visits||July 1992, May 1996|
Gifu-jo, originally called Inabayama-jo, is built atop the 338m Mt. Kinka in Gifu prefecture. A castle was first established here by Nikaido Yukimasa in 1201. Saito Dosan became the master of Inabayama-jo In 1539 and renovated it into what you see today. In 1567 Oda Nobunaga invaded Mino and took Inabayama-jo from Saito Yoshitatsu, the grandson of Saito Dosan. Nobunaga moved his headquarters here from Komaki-jo and renamed it Gifu-jo.
During the Battle of Sekigahara (1600) Tokugawa's forces captured Gifu Castle which was then controlled by Nobunaga's grandson Hidenobu. Tokugawa had no need for a mountaintop castle so he had it demolished.
If you have time, don't take the ropeway to the top. Take one of the trails to the top of Kinkazan. It's generally cool and quiet, making for a nice walk. Nearby the base of Mt. Kinkazan is also a small temple with a huge Buddha made from lacquered paper