Gifu Japan

Became a Sister City: May 11, 1988

Population: 413,099

Land Area: 203 miles

Distance from Fountain Square: 6659 mi


Gifu city has a population of 413,070 and is located in central Japan on the island of Honshu. Gifu City is home to natural beauties, rich cultural traditions, modern shops and restaurants and famous hot springs. The region features the famous Nagara River, known for its especially clear waters, which flow through the heart of the city. Gifu is also known for Mt. Kinka, which rises above the heart of the city crowned Gifu Castle, which dates to the 13th century. Gifu City is most famous for its 1300-year-old cormorant fishing tradition, which uses the birds to catch fish attracting thousands of tourists each year.

If you visit the Twin Lakes in Eden Park, you will discover the statue of a cormorant fisherman adjacent to beautiful flowering cherry trees.

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GIFU-CINCINNATI Sister City Committee

The city of Gifu declared itself the "Peace City" in 1988, when it celebrated the centennial of its incorporation. Gifu has worked on various projects to promote peace, praying for true permanent peace together with the people of the world.

One of these activities is the Peace Bell project. Gifu holds an event annually on July 9th to commemorate the tragedy of the war.

On the same day, we will observe a Peace Bell ceremony in Greater Cincinnati.

Please join us at the Hickory Shelter in Blue Ash Nature Park as we ring bells and pray for world peace along with the citizens of Gifu, our Sister City in Japan.

This year, we will add a special prayer for the people of Ukraine. The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine is one of Cincinnati’s Sister Cities.


Date: July 9 (Saturday), 2022

Time: 4:00 to 4:30pm

Location: Blue Ash Nature Park, Hickory Shelter, 4337 Copper Road Blue Ash OH

- Greeting/Introduction of guests

- Messages from VIPs

- Prayer for World Peace

- Ringing of Bells (Please bring a bell to ring)

- Adjournment

Children are welcome.

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 7 with number of attendees (adults & children), your name and contact information (e-mail address/phone number) to:

Gifu Sister City Committee (

Steve Rindsberg
Chairman, Treasurer

Motol Nishihata

Shoko Konuma

Shoko Kanuma