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Autumn Highlights in Gifu

Gifu Prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan is a fantastic place to enjoy the beautiful autumn colours in fall. Gifu is lucky to be surrounded by mountains, which means it has a wealth of destinations that are famous for their beautiful autumn foliage. It is definitely one place that offers you the chance to appreciate the beauty of the fall season, and take many stunning autumn photos while you are at it.

The best time to see the fall foliage is typically early November to early December. Here is my list of the top five places in Gifu to see the autumn leaves.

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Oyada Maple Valley (Mino)

The Oyada Maple Valley is home to around 3,000 Japanese maple trees that turn the valley and Oyada Shrine into a stunning sight of vermillion reds, apricot oranges and golden yellows in fall. The Oyada Maple Valley is located in Mino City, which is in southwestern Gifu Prefecture. Some of the trees in this ancient valley are more than 1,000 years old. The striking contrast between the brilliant autumn colours and traditional Japanese architecture of Oyada Shrine makes for a stunning picture.

Address: Oyada, Mino City, Gifu Prefecture

Best Time: Mid November to early December

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Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (Tajimi)

Kokeizan Eihoji Temple located in Tajimi City in southwestern Gifu Prefecture is one of the best spots in Gifu for autumn leave viewing. The temple grounds and gardens are breathtakingly beautiful and have been designated as a place of National Scenic Beauty in Japan. There is a large gingko tree at the temple which is close to 700 years old, and is a popular spot for photos in autumn with its golden leaves. You will find many wonderful locations at the temple to take that spectacular autumn shot.

Address: 1-40 Kokeizancho, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture

Best Time: Mid November to early December

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Yoro Falls (Yoro)

Yoro Falls is regarded as one of the “Top 100 Waterfalls” in Japan and has been famous since ancient times for its pure spring water and scenic beauty. The waterfall is located in Yoro Park, on the western edge of Gifu Prefecture. The park is home to many maple trees that turn the park and surrounding mountains into beautiful colours of yellow, orange and red. After admiring the autumn foliage, you can relax and enjoy Yoro Hot Spring, a source of natural spring water.

Address: 1298-2 Takabayashi, Yoro-cho, Gifu Prefecture

Best Time: Late November to early December

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Gujo Hachiman Castle (Gujo Hachiman)

Gujo Hachiman Castle is spectacularly perched atop Mount Hachiman in Gujo Hachiman, which is in the center of Gifu Prefecture. The castle is surrounded by Japanese maple trees, which are stunning when ablaze of colour in autumn with greens, yellows, oranges, and reds. At their peak, the fiery red colours appear to resemble flames engulfing the white walls of the castle. The castle is one of the best reconstructed castles in Japan and makes this experience even more special and enjoyable.

Address: 659 Hachiman-cho, Yanagimachi, Gujo, Gifu Prefecture 501-4212

Best Time: Early to Late November

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Gifu Park (Gifu)

Gifu Park lies in the heart of Gifu City, which is located in the south-central part of Gifu Prefecture. The park is situated at the foot of Mount Kinka and is where samurai warlords of the past made their home during the Warring States period of Japan. Gifu Park is blessed with stunning nature and is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful colours of the autumn leaves in fall. Gifu Castle at the summit of Mount Kinka is also quite spectacular when surrounded by autumn colours and can be reached after a one-hour hike to the top or short ropeway ride.

Address: Omiya-cho, Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture

Best Time: Mid to Late November

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