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Best Time to Visit Gifu

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Best Time to Visit Gifu
When is the best time to visit Gifu? Gifu is located in the center of Japan, home to many centuries-old artisan homes and crafts, and old streets. The city is known for its history, as the location has contributed to the past of many battles and the strategic place to rule Japan. It is a popular place for people to visit, with attractions like Gifu Castle, Furui Machinami, and Hida Folk Village. The city is blessed with natural beauty, with the Nagara River and Mout Kinka providing mountains and water in its surroundings. The city is also known for cormorant fishing in the Nagara River. Traveling to Gifu, you are guaranteed a great experience no matter what season you go. There are activities and landscapes for each season you can see.

Spring
Like most of Japan during the spring season, it is the cherry blossom season. The temperature ranges in the highs of 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) and 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). During this time, the Takayama Spring Festival is held on April 14th and 15th with a parade of festival floats through town. With the cherry blossoms, during late March the Tarai Boat River Cruise offers a cruise down the Suimon River with views of the hundred cherry trees blooming along the riverbank. In the late spring, rice is being planted in the fields providing an experience to see green fields. It is still cold in the spring from the winter weather, so a jacket or sweater will be needed.


Summer
As the weather gets warmer going into the summer, mountains covered in snow are not visible but green fields and mountains with forests are seen. It is considered a rainy season during this time, but it doesn't make it impossible to visit during this time. Summertime is the festival season with many annual events during this time. Over 300,000 people visit to experience the Fuji Dance Festival, held from mid-July to September. It is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, by taking a stroll through the mountains and along the rivers. The rivers are opened to swimmers and fishing. If you are not a fan of the cooler weather, summer during the warm temperatures is the best time to visit and explore Gifu.


Fall
There are many destinations to view the beautiful fall foliage during this season in Gifu. The beautiful autumn colored leaves and the beautiful Japanese architecture with historic buildings make it a beautiful and best time to visit. The weather ranges from highs of 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) and 58 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius). Oyada Maple Valley on the grounds of Oyada Shrine is home to around 3,000 maple trees. During mid-to-late November, the contrast of the leaves makes it one of the number one places to visit and appreciate the beauty. Ena Valley is another must-see location during early-to-mid November. Gifu Castle also offers beautiful autumn colors around the Gifu Castle. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go is especially beautiful during the autumn. The leaves are most vivid during November if you are interested in seeing autumn leaves at its best.


Winter
During the fall, Gifu is cold with temperatures ranging from highs of 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) and 47 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius). During this time you can also appreciate the snowy landscapes. In Shirakawa-go, snow is everywhere, as it is severely cold with heavy snowfalls. With the roofs of the thatched houses covered in thick snow, it creates a stunning view. The excessive snowfalls also make the trees in the mountain look beautiful. During winter, it is known to be illuminated in January and February, where farmhouses are lit up at night. A variety of winter sports are also available during this time with ski slopes and other snow-related activities. If you are not a fan of the cold, it is not the best time to visit, but if you want to visit for the views, there are hot springs to warm up in. There are many open-air hot springs in the area if you have ever wanted to be able to relax in a hot spring.

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I still see snow scene in Gifu during early February?
    Shirakawa Gifu has the most snowing during January and February. Though there is less snowing in February than January, it is still a very good time for the impressive snow scene. The average temperature is about 5.2–3.5°C, please bring enough clothes to keep warm.
  • Shirakawa-go is famous for its winter scenery. Is it still worth it to visit in fall?
    Shirakawa-go is surrounded by mountains, and 96% of the area is forest. If you visit during fall, you will not only be able see the red maple tree forest, but also participate in some harvesting festivals.
  • Is Takayama Spring Festival hosted in Gifu in spring?
    Yes, Takayama Spring Festival is usually hosted in Takayama Gifu on 14 April and 15 April every year. The Spring Festival is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine in the southern half of Takayama's old town. Since the shrine is also known as Sanno-sama, the spring festival is also called Sanno Festival.
  • What is the cherry blossom period in Gifu?
    Cherry blossom in Gifu usually takes place from Mid March to late March. Specific dates vary depending on the weather.
  • When is the Takayama Autumn Festival?
    Takayama Autumn Festival is usually hosted on 9 Oct and 10 Oct every year. It is the annual festival of the Hachiman Shrine in the northern half of the old town, and the festival is also known as Hachiman Festival.
  • Can I see the maple leaves if I visit Gifu on Oct?
    Yes, maple leaves season in Gifu is usually from late Oct to late Nov. Also, Takayama Autumn Festival is worth seeing if you have an opportunity.
  • Is summer in Gifu very hot?
    June and July are rainy season in Japan. Located in central Japan, Gifu receives heavy precipitation, thus summer tends to be cool.
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