Regional Information Gifu

Gifu, aiming to become the largest center for the aerospace industry in Asia

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2-1-1 Yabuta-Minami,Gifu-city,Gifu Pref. 500-8570
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The information below is as of November 2017.

Gifu is located in almost the very center of Japan, providing the most advantageous location in terms of both time and distance to the major cities of Japan. Although the prefecture is located inland, it provides convenient access to destinations both domestic and foreign via the round-the-clock Chubu Centrair International Airport, which maintains both domestic and international routes, and through its close proximity to Port Nagoya, designated as a “Super Central Port”. Gifu is also located close to the major consumer area of Nagoya, with travel between Gifu City and Nagoya taking as little as 18 minutes. Whether concerning industrial activity or daily living, Gifu provides convenience.


The Meishin Expressway (from Nagoya to Kobe) and Chuo Expressway (from Tokyo to Komaki) both run through Gifu and are both major transportation arteries for Japan. The Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway, which opened fully in July 2008 and links the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean (Ichinomiya City in Aichi - Tonami City in Toyama), the eastward Tokai-Kanjo Expressway and Chubu-Jukan Expressway (National Route 158), opened in 2005, have been linked to create a comprehensive arterial highway system. Moreover, the construction of the westward Tokai-Kanjo Expressway is advancing and scheduled to be completed in 2020, which will improve accessibility to Tokyo to around 5 hours and to Osaka to around 2.5 hours.


The Chubu Centrair International Airport is a convenient transit point as it maintains both domestic and overseas routes, linking major foreign cities with major cities and Japan. In addition, in terms of physical distribution, it offers around-the-clock freight shipping to help companies shrink their lead time and it is the first airport in Japan to be designated as a comprehensive bonded area. The Central Japan International Airport contributes to greatly increased cargo processing capability, reduced distribution costs and a superior level of efficiency.


In order strengthen its competitiveness as an international port, Port Nagoya is undertaking experimental and pioneering initiatives through the joint cooperation of the national government, the private sector and the port management which will realize “ports costs and service levels beyond those of the other major ports in Asia”.


Using the Tokaido Nozomi Shinkansen (bullet train), passengers can reach Tokyo from Nagoya in 98 minutes and reach Nagoya from Shin-Osaka in 52 minutes; on the JR Tokaido main line express passengers can reach Gifu from Nagoya in 18 minutes and Ogaki from Gifu in 11 minutes. From Gifu to Kozan on the JR Kozan line express takes 115 minutes; from Nagoya to Tajimi on the JR Chuo main line express takes 32 minutes; and from Tajimi to Nakatsugawa takes 37 minutes.