20 Best Things to do in Gifu | Bucket List Ideas | Attractions | Activities

Home to a giant Buddha 13.7 meters tall and the highest bungee bridge in the entirety of Japan, there 's certainly no shortage of spectacular things to do in Gifu! You can explore old Edo and folk villages in Shirakawa go and Gokayama, embark on Ninja adventures in famous forests, and be part of traditional experiences like plastic food replication, blacksmithing, pottery, and more! When winter rolls around, Washigatake ski area and the world-renowned ski resorts of Dynaland and Takasu will keep you occupied with winter activities such as skiing , snowboarding, gondola riding, snowshoeing, and snowmobile touring!

Surrounded by land on every side, you 'd be forgiven for thinking Gifu has little to offer in terms of watersports, but that 's not the case 166 kilometers of the Nagara river power through the prefecture, fueled by a source in Gujo city. Fun things to do in Gifu in this respect entail clear water kayaking and high-speed rafting in daring rapids. Gifu also plays hosts to another important stream : the Itadori river, which is famous for fishing and picture-perfect boating!

No matter what your idea of the best things to do in Gifu entail, you 're sure to find tons of experiences you 'll love on our bucket list!

1.   Bungee jump at Japan 's highest bridge

Adrenaline rushes do not come bigger than this, quite literally, thanks to the Gifu bungee, the tallest ever in the country! Nothing will prepare you for the 215 meters of gravity that 'll exhilarate you to the core!

BUNGY JAPAN (번지 재팬) 기후 번지
Experience the Highest Bridge Bungee Jumping in Japan with a Height of 215m in Gifu!
Yaotsu, Gifu

2. Dream the day away at Itadori River

So clear that kayaks seem to be floating on air from a distance, the Itadori river will have you pinching yourself to wake up. This incredible haven is the go-to for memorable times on the water and the lovely pebbled shores!

야외 체험 기반 WARABI
Itadori River Kayaking Experience (Beginner-Friendly, 2-Hours Course)
Mino, Gifu
야외 체험 기반 WARABI
One-day Itadori River Kayaking Experience (Beginner-Friendly Course)
Mino, Gifu
야외 체험 기반 WARABI
Half-day Itadori River Kayaking Experience (Beginner-Friendly Course)
Mino, Gifu

3. Find inner peace at Hida river through SUP

For quiet outings in Gifu, an SUP tour in the gentle stretches of Kiso river and Hida river does just the thing. Enjoy the overwhelming absence of noise, beautiful nature, and the pleasant bubbles of fish going about their business.

BC Caravan
Enjoy the Beautiful Nature Greenery Scenery from the Water on a Standup Paddle Board at Hida River!
Kawabe, Gifu
BC Caravan
Explore the Spectacular Nature Views of Hida River Cruising on an SUP! (One-day Course)
Kawabe, Gifu
리버 포트 파크 美濃加茂
Take a Leisurely Walk on the Water While Feeling the Refreshing Breeze on an SUP at Kiso River!
Minokamo, Gifu

4. Test the resolve of Gifu rivers with an exciting rafting

With steep bumps and unpredictable rapids in these Nagara river and Kiso river rafting courses, you 're assured of a screaming ton of fun in one of the country 's best boating streams! Share these heart-throbbing moments with friends and family!

리버 포트 파크 美濃加茂
Kiso River Rafting Adventure: Enjoy the Torrents and Water Splashes on an Experience Perfect for Family Holidays!
Minokamo, Gifu
Half-Day Thrilling Rafting Adventure at Nagara River!
Gujo, Gifu
WWC 래프팅
Paddle Against the Rapid Torrents in an Exciting Rafting Tour at Nagara River!
Gujo, Gifu
리버 어드벤처 투어 (River Adventure Tours)
Enjoy the Nature and the Exhilarating Rafting Experience of the Nagara River (Half-day Tour)
Gujo, Gifu

5. Explore Gifu nature on Hot air balloon rides

Ride colorful balloons in Gifu, on a breathtaking experience across beautiful landscapes and rivers that meander beautifully according to views from the sky. Air travel has never been more stylish!

히트 풍선 이야기 ArgoLand
Enjoy the Majestic View of the Rich Nature Scenery from a Hot Air Balloon in Gifu!
Gujo, Gifu
Enjoy the Gifu Aerial and Nature Scenery from a Bird's Eye View (Hot Air Balloon Free Flight Experience)
Ampachi, Gifu

6.   Become a forest ninja in Gero city

Is your heart in need of some excitement? A thrilling forest adventure of rope walking and zip lining will give you a taste of the ninja 's life and is an experience guaranteed to raise your hair!

마운틴 라이프 히다
Fun Forest Adventure for Active Nature Enthusiasts Such as Ziplines, Ninja Traps, and More! Beginner and Children Friendly Course in Gifu!
Gero, Gifu

7. Cycling pleasures in Edo villages and wondrous nature

Nagara river offers a breeze-laden cycling course in Gujo city, with other biking options in Hida entailing downriver routes of rural villages permeated by crisp air! Relive your childhood on MTBs!

Enjoy Nature and Culture in a Half-Day Guided Cycling Tour Through Rural Villages, Old Folk Houses and Rice Fields in Gifu
Hida, Gifu
Family-Friendly Guided Cycling Tour: Enjoy the Charm of the Old Town of Hida Furukawa and Rural Villages!
Hida, Gifu
나가라 사이클 크루즈
Nagaragawa Guided Cycling Tour: Explore the Magnificent Nature of Gujo Overlooking the Nagara River!
Gujo, Gifu

8. Stretch the limbs at a Gifu climbing gym

If you are passionate about bouldering or fitness, bring the family along for some indoor fun of bouldering in Gifu. Scale the colorful projections like a superhero and challenge yourself to the top!

등반 체육관 R & F (아트 앤 에프)
Enjoy an Indoor Climbing Adventure in a Bouldering Gym in Gifu!
Kakamigahara, Gifu

9. Peek into the past at Hida Folk village

Walk back to a time of farmer 's hats and wooden carriages, as you explore Edo Gifu during the era of gassho-style houses at the Hida Folk Village. This open-air museum of tradition impresses with its heritage and green vitality!

Hida Folk Village Admission Tickets and Tour
Hida, Gifu

10. Master pottery at Tajimi pottery town

Tajimi boasts a rich history of ceramics pottery, so much so that the town hosts a museum of art dedicated specifically to the cause. Learn the trade from the ceramic pottery heart of Japan!

호계 가마
Experience a Full-Scale Ceramics Pottery Course in the Historic Pottery Town of Tajimi (Beginner-friendly)
Tajimi, Gifu
도예 공방 락 창고
Shape Clay into Creative Objectives in a Beginner and Family-Friendly Pottery Experience!
Ginan, Gifu
개의 산 제 陶所
Beginner and Children Friendly Pottery Experience Using an Electric Wheel
Toki, Gifu

11. More handicraft treats for the passionate

Add to your arts and crafts resume with a variety of experiences across Gifu. Make beautiful aroma wax glasses, design, and paint toy figurines for your little ones to play with, and create gorgeous jewelry for yourself!

포세 라트 살롱 Biancaneve
Make Matching Mug Designs for Couples and Friends in Gifu!
Minokamo, Gifu
인디언 빌리지 투 영혼 (TWO-SPIRITS)
Beginners and Children-Friendly Course! Make Your Own Dream Catcher Craft Workshop!
Yamagata, Gifu
Glass Art Classes: Making Stained Glass Workshops in Gifu!
Tarui, Gifu

12. Clear the mind with a tea ceremony in Takayama

Stepping into the Nobata tea shop feels like walking into the Meiji area, thanks to the simplistic interior that takes you back in time. It provides perfect settings for a traditional tea ceremony of matcha tea and Japanese sweets!

野畑 茶舗 てきすい
Learn the Etiquettes of the Japanese Tea Ceremony at a Traditional Style Tea Room in Gifu!
Hida, Gifu
野畑 茶舗 てきすい
Savor Matcha Tea in a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with Customary Sweets
Hida, Gifu

13. Sparks of fun at Gifu blacksmith workshops

Be part of authentic blacksmith experiences in Gifu, and help turn ordinary metal into swords via the aid of an experienced swordsman. Hammer away, and have fun with sparks!

아사노 대장장이 (Asanokajiya)
Experience Forging, Quenching, and Sharpening a Knife in a Traditional Craftsmanship Experience! (1-Day Course, Lunch Included)
Hashima, Gifu
도공 마사야
Japanese Sword Making Tour: Learn About the Production Process of Japanese Swords and Experience Hitting Iron with a Mallet in Gifu!
Tomika, Gifu
도공 마사야
Learn the Skills and Techniques of Authentic Japanese Swordsmithing in Gifu!
Tomika, Gifu

14. Learn Gifu recipes to diversify your menu

Experiment out of your culinary comfort with some of the most sought-after delicacies in Nakatsugawa, Gifu. That entails cooking traditional rice cakes called Gohei mochi and making fresh soba noodles!

휴게소 끝에서 사카
Make Gifu's Local Dishes with Your Friends and Family
Nakatsugawa, Gifu
휴게소 끝에서 사카
Enjoy Authentic Buckwheat Soba Making Experience in Gifu!
Nakatsugawa, Gifu

15. Impress guests with food replica classes in Gujo city

Plastic foods are a strategic marketing tactic for restaurants in Gifu, intended to appeal to the taste buds and urge customers to go in. Master plastic food replication, encompassing hamburgers, ice creams, steak, and more!

산속의 샘플 가게
Let's Make Delicious Food Samples: Steak Food Replica Workshop
Gujo, Gifu
산속의 샘플 가게
Let's Make Delicious Food Samples: Takoyaki Food Replica Workshop
Gujo, Gifu
산속의 샘플 가게
Let's Make Delicious Food Samples: Omurice Food Replica Workshop
Gujo, Gifu

16. A life of farmhouses and feudal villages in Shirakawa-Go and Gokayama

Taken over by youthful green in summer and an enchanting white in winter, the UNESCO world heritage villages of Gokayama and Shirakawa-go always dazzle no matter when. Experience life in rural Japan, just like it was in the Edo days!

17. Meet a giant Buddha at Syobo-Ji Temple

Built over 38 years to reach heights of 13.7 meters, the Gifu Great Buddha is an important cultural asset. Visit for the spiritual atmosphere and wonderful architecture that houses the massive Buddha!

18. Extraordinary nature sights at Gifu castle

Standing tall above a hill, like the beacon of heritage and pride that it is for the prefecture, Gifu castle is known not only for its history but also for its magnificent moonlight silhouettes. It is eclipsed by beautiful vegetation in autumn!

19. Have fun across Gifu 's paradises of snow

Conquer the snowy slopes of Mt. Dainichi at Takasu ski resort, challenge yourself in the diverse terrains of the Washigatake ski area, or experience night skiing and more courses of skiing and snowboarding at Dynaland ski resort!

20. More snow than you can play with

Drenched in thick snow over the winter, Gifu prefecture makes for fairytale hikes and snowshoeing tours. Alternatively, power through the elements with a snowmobile adventure in the mountains of Takayama!

신 호 타카 로프웨이
Snowshoes Half-day Guided Tour (Beginner-Friendly Course)
Okuhida Onsengo Kansaka, Takayama, Gifu
고산 스카이 세일링 클럽
Ride on the Snows in a Snowmobile Tour in Gifu!
Hida, Gifu

Frequently asked questions

Q Why is Gifu famous? What makes it so popular?

A Gifu prefecture is most famous for the well-preserved Edo village of Shirakawa go and unique cormorant fishing on the Nagara River. It also has the highest bungee bridge in the country, namely the Gifu bungee, which offers a staggering 215-meter drop!

Q What do people do when they visit Gifu?

A Gifu is the home of traditionalism and culture in Japan. There are several incredible things to do in Gifu, such as:

• Bungee Jumping from the tallest bridge

• Plastic food replica making

• Blacksmith workshop classes

• Nagara river rafting

• Itadori river kayaking

• Hot air balloon rides

Q Where is the most popular bungee jump in Japan?

A The Gifu Bungy in Gifu prefecture is the most popular and highest in the country with a height of 215m. It more than doubles the height of the second-tallest, and is magical for the stunning views of nature and the peaceful and recently-completed footbridge!

Q Is there anything good to do in Gifu in winter?

A Winter opens up new opportunities for other things to do in Gifu exclusive to the season. They include:

• Snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile rides

• Gifu ski resort adventures at Takasu and Dynaland

• Shirakawa go village visits for beautiful snow cover

Q Are there any kid-friendly activities in Gifu?

A Gifu is a paradise for families as most of the activities can be done with children. Families can experience together:

• Hida Folk village tours

• Ski resort adventures of snowmobiles, skiing, and snowshoeing

• Ceramic pottery lessons

• Arts & crafts workshops entailing toys and jewelry



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