Gifu 岐阜

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Gifu city is the administrative capital of Gifu Prefecture, located on the old Nakasendo Highway. Discover what to see and do in Gifu.

  • Nearest Airport

    Chubu International Airport (NGO)

    - 55 minutes by train 

    - 80 minutes by car

  • Train Stations

    Gifu Station (JR Takayama Main Line and Tokaido Line)

    Meitetsu Gifu Station (Meitetsu Line)

  • Districts

    Gifu Castle

    Gifu Koen

    Kawaramachi Street

Gifu Park - Entrance roofed gate

Gifu Park - Entrance roofed gate

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Nagara River & Cormorant Fishing

Besides Gifu Castle, the town's other main tourist draw is the summer cormorant fishing (ukai) on the clear Nagara River. After dark from mid-May to mid-October, excursion boats can be hired, from hotels and at the booking office just below Nagara Bridge, to participate in a traditional practice of catching Japanese sweet fish (ayu) using cormorants.


The cormorants are tethered by rings around the neck so that they don't swallow the fish and the birds are released in to the river in search of Japanese trout from long, covered, wooden fishing boats with braziers out front to attract the fish.

The captured fish are salted and grilled on charcoal and traditionally served up with soy sauce, Japanese beer and sake.



Ukai cormorant fishing from river boats also takes place in Arashiyama in Kyoto and other river towns around Japan.

The best view for spectators is the far bank of the Nagara River. Gifu Castle is clearly visible on the hill above.

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River -Gifu

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River -Gifu

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Travel to Gifu with a Japan Rail Pass

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