Features of Gifu Prefecture

Features of Gifu Prefecture

Residence – An easy to live-in environment with low rent, close to major metropolitan areas

Gifu prefecture is conveniently located close to Japan’s three largest cities. The prefectural capital of Gifu City is only about 20 minutes from Nagoya on the Tokaido Line. Then from Nagoya it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to Tokyo and 55 minutes to Osaka by the Tokaido Shinkansen.
In addition, the biggest difference in comparison with urban areas is the cost of housing (rent). Rent in Gifu is cheaper than in metropolitan areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, etc., and it is a comfortable environment to live in.

Money – The cost of living is the 5th lowest in the whole country

Gifu prefecture is also attractive for its low cost of living. Life is comfortable, with price levels being the 5th lowest in the country. The low cost of living is due to the low cost of housing, food and utilities.
• The regional consumer price difference index (National average of 100) 97.3 (5th lowest in Japan)
< Ref: Tokyo is 104.7, Osaka 99.7 and Aichi 97.6 >
*Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications “Retail Price Statistics Survey (Structural),” 2019

Recreation – “Gifu, the Land of Clear Streams” with many beautiful rivers

Gifu prefecture has many beautiful rivers, represented by the Nagara River, and the prefecture is known by the phrase “Gifu, the Land of Clear Streams”. Nature is also popular for recreation activities, including the holding of fireworks in the summer. The prefecture is also blessed with many tourist resources with beautiful scenery through the four seasons of forests and clear streams, World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, the traditional Gassho-style houses, hot springs such as the “Gero Onsen,” one of the three most famous hot springs in Japan, and the Okuhida Onsen-go etc., and a 1300-year history of cormorant fishing on the Nagara River.

People/Prefectural character – A prefecture of people who highly value family.

According to the 2015 Census, the percentage of households in Gifu prefecture with three generations living together is 11.1% (nationally 5.7%), making it 11th in Japan. You can see that this is a prefecture where people take good care of family and family members gather and support each other.
There is also a tendency of diligence and a high motivation to work, with the male labor force participation rate 71.2%, the 13th highest in Japan, the female rate 51.7%, the 11th highest in Japan, the employment rate for over-60s 56.8%, the 7th highest in Japan, and the proportion of double-income households of married households 32.6%, the 6th highest in Japan.

Culture – Flourishing manufacturing since ancient times

In Gifu prefecture, knives, furniture/woodworking, and ceramic manufacturing etc. have been popular since ancient times, including the traditional “Honmino-Shi Paper” with a history of 1300 years, which is registered on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list. These industries have taken root thanks to the blessings of the rich forest and water resources, with good quality wood, firewood for fuel, abundant water, and rich soil etc. This, together with the wisdom of predecessors, has created major industries in the prefecture, with the careful inheritance of traditional culture. There are also many events such as festivals, which are fitting for such a historical region.