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

Head of Prefectural Government

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




10,621 km2 (2021)
7th largest of 47 prefectures


1,945,350(as of October 2022)
Men: 944,374 Women: 1,000,976
17th most populated of the 47 prefectures 


Nominal: JPY 79,368 trillion (FY2019)


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


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

Number of visitors

38,420,000 (2022)

Administrative divisions

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

Official website

Sources: Official website of Gifu Prefecture; A Statistical Guide to Gifu Prefecture 2023

(As of March, 2024)