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History of Kinka
Oda Nobunaga blazing through the world of the Sengoku period (Period of Warring States)—thinking back on that romantic history

Oda Nobunaga: his lifetime of seeking to unify Japan took a major turn with the fall of Gifu Castle, surrounded by the verdant woods atop Mt. Kinka, which can be seen from the Kinka restaurant and inn.

Towering atop a rocky mountain, Gifu Castle was well-known as an impregnable stronghold—it was said that “He who controls Mino, controls the country.” Previously known as Inabayama Castle, the castle of Feudal Lord Saito Dosan was renamed Gifu Castle after it fell to Oda Nobunaga, who also changed the name of the region from Inokuchi to Gifu. Oda Nobunaga subsequently poured effort into reconstructing the castle town after announcing his intention to unite the country by force using his red seal. Beginning with protection of free markets and open guilds, Oda Nobunaga implemented one new policy after another, and Gifu’s castle town underwent unprecedented growth.

Using his conquest of Gifu Castle as a foothold, Oda Nobunaga aimed to unite the country. Located in the midst of this castle town, the Kinka Restaurant and Inn are surrounded by numerous famous places and ruins tracing Oda Nobunaga’s footsteps.

In Gifu Park, located next to the Kinka Restaurant and Inn, can be seen the remains of Oda Nobunaga’s former residence. Another sight to see is Sofuku-ji Temple, which Oda Nobunaga protected as his family temple. After the forced suicide of Nobunaga and his son in the Honno-ji Incident, Nobunaga’s concubine, Onabe-no-kata presented his belongings and ancestral tablets to Sofuku-ji Temple, where they were preserved. Even today, a shrine to Oda Nobunaga and his son remains. In addition, Gifu Zenko-ji Temple, which was built at the hand of Oda Nobunaga, roadside noticeboards proclaiming Nobunaga’s Free Market Decree, and Entoku-ji Temple, where a temple bell presented by Oda Nobunaga remains today, are all famous as places with connections to Oda Nobunaga.

Oda Nobunaga blazing through the world of the Sengoku period (Period of Warring States), seeking to unite Japan—standing at the foot of Gifu’s Mt. Kinka, the stage for this page in history, the Kinka restaurant and inn is uniquely positioned to enable visitors to enjoy the romantic history of the Sengoku period while envisioning the gallant figure of Oda Nobunaga.

Kinka Hospitality

Gifu restaurant and inn Kinka: the history of this establishment dates back to 1946, soon after the end of World War II. Since then, the spirit of those times has been passed down over the generations, enveloping the facilities in a dignified atmosphere adding a relaxing quiet to the present day.

The restaurant’s pride is the traditional kaiseki courses into which our master chef pours his spirit.

Under our philosophy “Doing what is only natural, only naturally,” rather than creating a large batch ahead of time, soup stock is carefully created for each dish from shavings of only the best-quality sections of dried Satsuma bonito and the highest quality Rishiri Kelp.

Taking no shortcuts by using ready-made or frozen products and avoiding ornate garnishes that only appear delectable, the restaurant seeks to provide guests with a culinary experience so they can enjoy a sense of the changing seasons provided only by authentic ingredients, as well as the delicacy and depth of traditional Japanese cuisine.

Please visit us and experience the cuisine that reverberates in the hearts of Japanese people that we take pride in serving our guests.

We are sorry that we don't speak English at all. We also apologize that we do not provide religious diet that have restriction on some food. If that would be okay, we would like to welcome.

Photographs provided by the Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

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