Oda Nobunaga, the first of Japan’s three “Great Unifiers,” occupied Gifu Castle in 1567 and is responsible for changing the name of the area from “Inokuchi” to “Gifu.” During World War II, the castle was destroyed during an air raid, and was rebuilt in 1956. Now, visitors who come to Gifu Castle can explore four stories of exhibits including relics such as armor, weapons, and paintings. The main highlight of the castle is the top floor, where visitors can see the Nagaragawa River stretching across Gifu.
In addition to Gifu Castle, there are different activities to do in the area, such as visiting Squirrel Village, hiking up Mt. Kinka and visiting the multiple shrines and the Gifu Castle Archives Museum on the way to the top. If you are not a fan of hiking, you can take the ropeway which starts at Gifu Koen Park. As you go up, enjoy the nature that surrounds you and the beautiful view of the city.