Gifu Story

Location of Gifu.

Gifu Prefecture is located in the middle of the country. Gifu City is located 20 minutes from Nagoya by Tokaido Line.
Convenient from Tokyo too, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes on the Tokaido Shinkansen, and approximately 55 minutes from Osaka.

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Nature of Gifu.

Green forest and beautiful clear stream.
Blessed with water, Japan's top hydro energy.

MOUNTAINS
3,000m CLASS

In the northern Hida area, there are 3,000 meters of mountains such as Mt. [Hotaka, Mt. Yarigatake, Mt. Ontake, Mt. Norikura, Mt. etc...]

FOREST RATE
81.2%

More than 80% of Gifu is rich forests, and the forest ratio is second in Japan. The rich forest is inherited and protected by citizens since ancient time.

THREE MAJOR RIVERS
BEAUTIFUL RIVER & RICH WATER RESOURCES

Rich forests store clean water and serve as the source of many rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan. Gujo City's Sorinsui, Yorocho Yoro Falls, and Nagara River have been selected as one of “The 100 best waters” by the Ministry of the Environment. According to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Gifu's hydroelectric power generation is the best in the country, symbolizing that it is blessed with water. These waters also moisten the fields, nurture various creatures, and give people a rich blessing.

The History of Gifu.

Gifu has a long history of over 1000 years, and during the Sengoku period, Many famous warlords such as Nobunaga Oda were born in Gifu. In addition, the prosperity created unique culture of crafts. During the Second World War, Chiune Sugihara, who saved more than 1,200 Jews from genocide were discharged.He was also born in Gifu.

SENGOKU DAIMYO.
ODA NOBUNAGA

Sengoku Daimyo (warlords of samurai). Owari. The child of Nobuhide. The young name is Yoshiburo and Saburo, and the official name is Kazusuke Kazu. After destroying Yoshimoto Imagawa and then Saito of Mino, he defeated Yoshiaki Ashikaga, Mr. Asai and Asakura, and Mt. Hiei, and then expelled Yoshiaki and destroyed the Muromachi Shogunate. Furthermore, he defeated Takeda Katsunori, entered a consensus with Ishiyama Honganji, and proceeded with the debate of Mr. Mohri. Azuchi Castle was built, and innovative policies such as abolishment of Sekisho, Rakuichi Rakuza, and land inspection were conducted. Suicide in 1582, 49 years old.

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oda_Nobunaga

DIPLOMAT
CHIUNE SUGIHARA

Sugihara, who was assigned to the Kaunas Consulate in Lithuania during World War II, sympathized with the plight of refugees who fled from various parts of Europe, including Poland, due to the persecution of Germany. From July to August 1940, contrary to instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, known to have saved a large number of visas by issuing a large number of visas. Many of the displaced persons were Jewish. Also called “Toyo Schindler”.

Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara

Craft Culture

Gifu Prefecture's craft culture has developed due to its rich nature and distinctive history. In particular, we produce crafts that represent Japan, such as ceramics, cutlery, woodwork, Japanese paper, textiles and metal. In other production areas, production has not been continued until now, but in Gifu Prefecture, traditional crafts have been handed down in modern times, and manufacturing is still thriving in Gifu Prefecture.

Rich Food.

Gifu Prefecture, which has 3000 meters of mountains and 0m above sea level, has a variety of climates. Gifu has an average temperature of 15.8 degrees Celsius, while Takayama has a cold climate of 11.0 degrees. A variety of agriculture is carried out taking advantage of the close location. A wide variety of crops are cultivated and fresh agricultural products can be supplied at any time. Major agricultural products include spinach,tomato,edamame,persimmon,chestnut. In addition, there is the brand “Hida Beef” that won the Grand Champion in the “Nationwide Wagyu Ability Promotion Association”, which has a representative taste of Japan. It is also a production area for sake that represents Japan using abundant and beautiful water.

TAKAYAMA AREA

ABOVE SEA LEVEL
3000 m

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
11.0 degrees

SUNSHINE HOURS
1623.7 hours

GIFU AREA

ABOVE SEA LEVEL
0 m

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
15.8 degrees

SUNSHINE HOURS
2085.1 hours