Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Gifu Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Hajime Furuta, Governor
Assumed governorship of Gifu Prefecture (fourth term) in February 2005

Location

Seal



Area

10,621 km2 (2016)
7th largest of 47 prefectures

Population

2,010,698 (as of October 2016)
Men: 974,382 Women: 1,036,316
17th most populated of the 47 prefectures

GDP

Nominal: JPY 7.2088 trillion (FY2014)

Capital

Gifu City

Geographical features

Gifu is one of Japan’s few inland prefectures, situated approximately in the center of the Japanese archipelago. Seki City (in Gifu Prefecture) is the population center of Japan. The Hida area has several mountains above 3,000 m, while the three Kiso Rivers (Kiso, Nagara and Ibi Rivers) flow through the Mino area in the south to the Nobi Plains. There is a dramatic difference in elevation between plains found at sea level and mountain ranges above 3,000 m.

Main industries

A wide variety of manufacturing ranging from the traditional including woodworking, cutlery, ceramics, washi paper & apparel to the automotive & aerospace industries

Symbols

Prefectural tree: Japanese yew (Ichii)
Prefectural flower: Chinese milk vetch (Renge)
Prefectural bird: Snow grouse (Raicho)
Prefectural fish: Sweetfish (Ayu)

Number of visitors

72,122,000 (2016)

Administrative divisions

Gifu Prefecture --- 21 cities, 19 towns, 2 villages

Official website

http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/foreign-languages/


Sources: Official website of Gifu Prefecture; A Statistical Guide to Gifu Prefecture 2018


(As of May, 2018)