If you are looking for a cool place to spend a hot summer night I have just the spot; Gifu!
Gifu City is a mere 20 minute train ride from Nagoya, but it is generally cooler than Nagoya, although in fairness it is also colder in the winter-funny how that works, isn’t it? It stands to reason that cooler generally means evenings will be cooler still, and if you add a mountain top into the mix you could be looking at, well, let’s just say significantly cooler.
If you are looking to beat the heat, and enjoy a tremendous view of the cities of Gifu and Nagoya (and everything in between), you should check out the Panorama night view at Gifu Castle. The castle is open until 10 pm during these special summer hours and between the view and the atmosphere this quick trip out of Nagoya is a real winner.
The Panorama Night View summer hours run from mid July until the end of August. If you are truly a stalwart soul you can hike up Mt Kinka, but for the less adventuresome there is always the rope way!
First built as a fortress on the top of Mt. Kinka in 1201, Gifu Castle has a history of about 800 years. ODA Nobunaga, a famous general in Sengoku period, occupied the castle and became its master in 1567. At this time, ODA changed the name of this area from “Inokuchi” to “Gifu” and of the castle itself from “Inabayama Castle” to “Gifu Castle”. As ODA expanded his empire and unified the nation with his fresh ideas and unique politics, Gifu Castle became a bustling center of activity.