Gifu Park and Castle.

May 5th, 2012, it was the third holiday of the Golden week and we planned a trip to Gifu Castle. From Tajimi, we started our journey via Taita line. The train had only two cars and there were only a few passengers. It took about 45 minutes to reach Gifu station. Gifu station has a beautiful park with fountains, flowers, and trees surrounding a Golden statue of Nobunaga Oda.

From the Station, we get on to a bus to Gifu Koen Mae stop. At the entrance of the park, there is a statue of Nobunaga Oda riding a horse. The vast park was so beautiful with fountain, flowering plants, various trees, a pool with colourful Koi fishes, a small bridge over the pool, a beautiful waterfall and so on.

While walking around, we saw some people dressed like samurais. We took photos with them. After spending some time in the park, we walked through the trails to the three- storied pagoda. The Vermillion painted three storeyed pagoda is surrounded by thick greenery. It is located on the mountainside of the Park.

The majestic appearance and the red colour vividly draw attention from a long distance. As we reached infront of it, the entrance was closed. So that, we walked towards the ropeway base station, Sanroku located inside the park. From there, cable car services are offered up to the Mount Kinka. We bought round trip tickets(1050 yens). After waiting for 10 minutes, we entered the cable car. We could see the thick tree tops and the red pagoda along with the Gifu city while moving up. From the ropeway station, we walked towards the castle which is situated at some 10 minutes walking distance from the ropeway station. There was a gate similar to a shrine entrance on the way. On the way, there is a viewpoint which offers a nice view of the castle. The entry pass for the castle worth 200 yens.

 

The majestic castle has four floors with an observation deck at the top. The first floor exhibits weapons like bows and arrows, muskets, swords, spears, rifles etc. The second floor of the castle has portrait paintings of the people who occupied in that palace including Nobunaga and his wife. The third floor exhibits the statues, armor suits, helmets, telescopes, lenses, maps etc. of Edo period. The forth floor is the observation deck. A grant panoramic view of the Gifu city including the Nagara river could be enjoyed from there. There are coin(100 yen) operated telescopes arranged at the four corners for getting the enlarged view of the surroundings.

After spending 20 minutes there, we walked down to the ground floor. There is a resting area for the visitors. The Nagaragawa festival views where played in the television. It is a famous fishing festival of  Gifu conducted in every Summer.

While walking down to the ropeway station, we entered the nearby building (Gifu castle museum) which displays armors, robes etc. of the Edo period. On the way down, there was a well named Honmaru well (The well of Gifu castle) which was used for military purposes.

Near to the rope way station, there is a squirrel village which keeps various varieties of squirrels. With an entry pass worth 200 yen, visitors can enter inside and feed them. They gave us a mitten and some grain flour over it. Squirrels came running to grab it. Once the grain flour is over, they went away in the same speed.

Within the Gifu park, there are some other museum buildings also.

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