This castle, perched dramatically on top of Mt. Kinka, overlooks the city center and Nagara River. It's especially attractive when it's illuminated at night. The current building dates from 1951; the 16th-century structure was destroyed by an 1891 earthquake. A cable-car ride up from Gifu Park (¥1,050 round-trip) gets you to the castle in 10 minutes, or you can walk the 2.3-km (1.5-mile) path to the 329-meter summit in about an hour. Take any bus from bus stops 12 and
13 to Gifu Park (15 minutes, ¥200).
Omiya-cho, Gifu, 500-0000, Japan