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Gifu (岐阜市 Gifu-shi) is a city located in the south-central portion of Gifu Prefecture, Japan, and serves as the prefectural capital. The city has played an important role in Japan's history because of its location in the middle of the country. During the Sengoku period, various warlords, including Oda Nobunaga, used the area as a base in an attempt to unify and control Japan. Gifu continued to flourish even after Japan's unification as both an important shukuba along the Edo period Nakasendō and, later, as one of Japan's fashion centers. Before becoming a modern city, it was part of the former Atsumi District, but it has since been designated a core city by the national government. Located on the alluvial plain of the Nagara River, Gifu has taken advantage of the surrounding natural resources to create both traditional industries (including Mino washi and agriculture) and tourism opportunities like cormorant fishing. Mount Kinka, one of the city's major symbols, is home to a nationally designated forest and Gifu Castle, a replica of Nobunaga's former castle. Gifu also hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. Two major rail lines connect Gifu to Japan's national and international transportation infrastructure. JR Central's Tōkaidō Main Line runs through the city, connecting it with Nagoya, one of Japan's largest cities, and the surrounding area. The city has a direct train route to Chūbu Centrair International Airport and facilities capable of hosting international events. Gifu has active relationships with six sister cities. As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 412,895 and a population density of about 2,000 persons per km2. The total area is 202.89 km².

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A place in Japan, Gifu is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. When planning a trip to Gifu, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Kyoto. Attractions in Kyoto include Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera. Also, to reach Gifu, you'll have to take a flight to Kyoto; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Gifu are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Gifu*

  • Pollution Statistics in Gifu

    Know the pollution level of Gifu before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Gifu: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Gifu for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Gifu.

    • Burglary and Theft 5 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 10 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 5 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 5 (Very Low)
  • Living in Gifu - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 94.63 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 85.96 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 49.14 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Gifu

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Gifu

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.45 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 67.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.21 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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