Gifu Castle

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Castle Properties
English Name Gifu Castle
Japanese Name 岐阜城
Alternate Names Inabayama-jo
Founder Saito Dosan
Year Founded 1509
Castle Type Mountaintop
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
Visitor Information
Access Gifu (Tokaida Honsen) or Gifu Hashima (Shinkansen), bus to Gifu Park, ropeway or short hike up the mountain (
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://lifelong.lifelong.city.gifu.gifu.jp/gy71user/2018.htm
Location Gifu, Gifu Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 26' 2", 136° 46' 55"
Admin Visits
Year Visited 1992, 1996
Visits July 1992, May 1996
Added 1999
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History

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.

Visit Notes

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



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SuupaahiirooAshigaru

10 months ago
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As others have mentioned, the reconstructed castle keep is nothing spectacular, but the views from it are. The little shiryōkan near the main keep is hardly worth being called shiryōkan: they only had a simple (but nice) poster collection of castles throughout Japan. The perk: they had free brochures of some twenty-odd castles, so I took some of a few castles I have yet to visit. I recommend hiking up the mountain, it makes you appreciate the location of the castle better. It's a steep and rocky climb but it shouldn't be a problem for anyone of average health. Near the ropeway station and the three-storied pagoda at the foot of the mountain, they are currently doing excavations at the site where Nobunaga's palace once stood. Be sure to visit the daibutsu while you're in Gifu.
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FindlayjamiePeasant

10 months ago
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I agree that the location is amazing (for the view) and the castle rather dull. One thing that surprised me was that the keep is completely different from the one that was destroyed in the war, of which photos can be seen inside. Why not reconstruct something that looks like the original, if you know what it looked like? So far as I know the other castles of which photos survive were reconstructed more like the originals.
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ARTHatamoto

22 months ago
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I arrived before the ropeway was open so I climbed Kinkazan. It might've killed me but visions of Gifu Castle kept me climbing. A lot of the route is rocky and steep but I enjoyed the climb and it took me about 45 minutes at a gambol.
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Kiddus i2003Ashigaru

29 months ago
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Quite a hike if you walk up to it, taking the gondola up is sensible, the walk down is tough, fantastic views.
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Anonymous user #1

67 months ago
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I'll go there on Friday this week (Golden Week)

I hope, I can get the special journey.
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Anonymous user #1

73 months ago
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I have been hiking up Kinkazan to Gifu Jou weekly for the past 6months! I reach the castle before the ropeway and castle itself is open usually; so it's mostly just us locals up there. I noticed last week that the exterior is looking worn (in need of some TLC!)... as said previously; the castle is a concrete reconstruction, though it still looks great reflecting the setting sun... There are a few lovely spots to get a photo of the castle among the trees.

The view from the castle over Gifu City and towards Nagoya City is stunning
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RaymondWHatamoto

76 months ago
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Some ishigaki have recently been found in the area where they think the palace once stood. The excavations are still ongoing.
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Alamo6400Peasant

83 months ago
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gifu castle or before when the saito ruled the province of mino inabayama castle did you know saito retainer hanbei takenaka betrayed the saito clan and joined the oda clan and killed saito or mino daimyo tatsuoki saito and owari's daimyo oda nobunaga conquered mino province and the saito clan
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Alamo6400Peasant

83 months ago
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oda nobunaga was one of the first ruthless miltary daimyo to control all japan
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RaymondWHatamoto

85 months ago
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Not a lot going for this reconstructed concrete castle except for its spectacular views and a decent museum. If you are in Gifu, it is worth going to this castle for its view, but if you are strapped for time, you are better off visiting Inuyama Castle, Nagoya Castle, and Kiyosu Castle before making a bee-line for this castle. In a way, it is like Hamamatsu Castle but one with a view. I came here again because a friend visiting from overseas wanted to see it. To get to this castle, take the bus from Bus Stop No.11 just outside JR Gifu Station. The bus trip cost 200yen. I went to this place on Culture Day, and it was overrun with tourists. Note to self: give the popular Japanese castles a miss on public holidays.
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KrisGunshi

86 months ago
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Gifu castle has some amazing views. I really wanted to do the hike but didn't have the time. The mascot, Nobusama, is dignified and yet kawaii; he is also hekigan for some reason. You can also buy Gifu castle Nobunaga playing cards - Nobunaga is the King of Diamonds, I think. (Oichi should be the Queen of Hearts). The 100meijo stamp is on request in the castle museum.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

86 months ago
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I hiked up to this castle today.(@Webmater: little hike lol)It's a pitty that the montain is covered with trees, it's impossible to make a lot of nice photos of the castle. The castle itself isn't that fine(concrete), but the artifacts are interesting. Don't miss the little museum, which is in the price of the castle(=200yen).
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Anonymous user #1

98 months ago
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Four years ago, we went to Gifu Castle finally after driving past it a couple of times. The castle itself is so-so, but the view is amazing.