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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hiking Mt. Kinka

岐阜城, 金華山

The cooler weather in November and December in Japan makes for excellent hiking conditions.

One pleasant 90 minute hike is to the top of 329m-high Mt. Kinka in Gifu city to Gifu Castle at the top. On the way up there are some excellent views of the Nagara River below.

There are a number of trails to the top of Kinka-san varying in difficulty, whether you choose to head straight up the mountain or take a more roundabout route with a gentler gradient.

To get to the starting point of the trails up Mt. Kinka take a bus from JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station to Gifu Castle Park.

You can walk back down Kinka-san or if you are short of time or energy take the ropeway. Gifu is an easy day out from Nagoya to the south.

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