ODA NOBUNAGA TOUR
GifuOur third day was completely dedicated to Gifu, the city that probably saw the best of Nobunaga's adult glory.
Once at the station we went to the touristic information office; we were keen on visiting the city the best we could, expecially because the weekend we were supposed to attend the Nobunaga Matsuri, and we knew that we were going to have very little time to look around after the festival...
So, we were greeted by Nobunaga's golden statue, right in front to the exit from the station.
Quite the sturdy and fiery pose, don't you think?
So, Gifu is famous because of ukai, a peculiar fishing style using cormorants.
Since we were there, we decided to book our ukai experience.
Once we were done with our reservation, we reached for the Gifu park.
Many people don't like this statue because they say that it doesn't resemble Nobunaga, but I like its wild dynamism.
At first we wanted to walk up to Kinka mount, but after we saw it and I checked the status of my feet, we decided to take the ropeway XD Those were well-spent money!
Once you get off the ropeway, you have to walk quite a bit to reach the castle, but it's an interesting walk!
It's filled with details about the battle of Inabayama that saw Nobunaga against Saito Tatsuoki for the control over Mino.
Gifu will be the main castle of Nobunaga's "realm" for quite a long time.
Finally we can spot the castle :D
As usual, the castle hosts a museum showing a collection of reproductions and original items; the selection of portraits was quite interesting:
Here's a project of Gifu castle, according to Nobunaga's renovations:
And other interesting Nobunaga's possessions:
The armoir reproductions were stunning!
Once on top of the castle we could savor a bit of Nobunaga's "Tenka"!
Around the same space there's another little museum available; it contains another set of interesting items:
Once we were done with the museums, we decided to fill our tummies.
Once we got back from the ropeway we could waste our time in the souvenir shop there.
I took pictures of the most interesting items:
Ranmaru was native of Mino; his father served Saito Dosan, Nobunaga's father-in-law.
Again, ridiculous pictures where we show our acting skills XD
We kept walking 'til we reached the Gifu City Museum of History.
During our visit a special exhibition about Nobunaga's "Tenka Fubu" seals was held.
As you can tell, pictures were forbidden in the museum, but we can show you something--
Again, Sengoku acting!
The hands-on activities were quite fun.
Once we were done with Gifu castle, we went around for further sightseeing; those are not Nobunaga-related stops, but I feel like they are worth mentioning anyway.
Of course we paid a visit to the Gifu Great Buddha of Shōhō-ji:
we were told that this Buddha was created approximately during the reigns of both Dosan and Nobunaga.
We ended our day with the ukai!
We had dinner with bento and beer on the boat and then rushed after the fishermen and their birdies-- It was quite cool :D
The following days of our tour were dedicated to the Nobunaga Matsuri in Gifu; we stayed the whole time in Gifu checking out the various attractions; the evening we went back to our hotel in Nagoya and tried out more "Nagoya meshi" ^_^;
Anyway, on the first day of the matsuri we managed to visit a Nobunaga-relevant place, Sofukuji (崇福寺):
This temple was Nobunaga's personal chapel when he moved to Gifu; during the matsuri, in the morning a funeral ceremony was held here in memory of Nobunaga.
Me and Teap tried to attend, but since we were late we decided to wait for it to be over before going to visit the temple.
Here are a few pictures of the temple grounds:
The back of the temple hosted the Oda Nobunaga Father and Son Monument (織田信長父子廟), a stone dedicated to the memory of Nobunaga and Nobutada.
The ceremony was over, and we could finally enter the main temple to pay our homages to Nobunaga's memory.
Once inside I managed to take a pic of the altar:
I also took a pic of the Blood Ceiling (血天井); the boards used for this part of the ceiling were originally placed in Gifu castle; it's said that they were sprayed with the blood of Oda retainers after the siege of the castle in 1600: