Prefectural capital:Gifu City
There are many distinctive attractions such as Takayama and Shirakawa-gō in Gifu Prefecture. Takayama City is popularly known as Hida-Takayama and “Little Kyoto of Hida”. Many streets preserve the old castle town of the Edo period. And you should visit “The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama”, UNESCO World Heritage Site. These villages are well known for their houses constructed in the architectural style known as gasshō-zukuri.
The traditional industries such as wool, lacquerware and cutlery are thriving. And Advanced industries such as automotive, metal processing, aerospace and IT are also thriving.