About Gifu Prefecture
Gifu Prefecture—the literal and metaphorical heart of Japan. Connecting Japan’s east and west via the Nakasendo trade route, Gifu’s position has given rise to a rich diversity of traditions still preserved to this day, awaiting your discovery. Gifu's most iconic sights are the historic village of Shirakawa-go—the UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its unique gassho-zukuri thatched roofs—and Takayama, with its open-air folk museum and historic Sanmachi Suji district. Gifu is also renowned for its crafts, still practiced in the cities and towns that originated them: Tajimi and its neighboring cities for its ceramics, Mino city for its washi paper, Seki for cutlery and sword making, Gujo Hachiman for indigo dyeing, Hida-Takayama and Ogaki for their woodworking. After having their fill of the country’s metropolises and former capitals, more and more travelers feel the irresistible pull of Japan’s heartland. Far from the soaring skyscrapers and grand temples, you too can find the quiet elegance of Japan waiting for you in Gifu.