Yōrō, Gifu

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Central Yōrō seen from Yōrō Mountains
Central Yōrō seen from Yōrō Mountains
Flag of Yōrō
Official seal of Yōrō
Location of Yōrō in Gifu Prefecture
Location of Yōrō in Gifu Prefecture
Yōrō is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°18′N 136°34′E / 35.300°N 136.567°E / 35.300; 136.567Coordinates: 35°18′N 136°34′E / 35.300°N 136.567°E / 35.300; 136.567
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Gifu Prefecture
District Yōrō
 • Mayor Takashi Ōhashi
 • Total 72.14 km2 (27.85 sq mi)
Population (July 2011[1])
 • Total 31,058
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
 • Tree Buxus microphylla
 • Flower Chrysanthemum morifolium
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address Takada 798, Yōrō-chō, Yōrō-gun, Gifu-ken
Website www.town.yoro.gifu.jp

Yōrō (養老町?, Yōrō-chō) is a town located in Yōrō District, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, on the eastern side of the Yōrō Mountains.

As of July 2011, the town has an estimated population of 31,058. The total area is 72.14 km². The town is on the Kintetsu Yōrō Line, and can be reached from Ōgaki to the north or Kuwana to the south.


  • Yōrō Falls[2]
  • Mount Yōrō
  • Kikusui-Sen spring
  • Yōrō Temple
  • Reversible Destiny-Yoro Park is a theme park in Yōrō described as "an 'experience park' conceived on the theme of encountering the unexpected. By guiding visitors through various unexpected experiences as they walk through its component areas, the Site offers them opportunities to rethink their physical and spiritual orientation to the world." [3] The park was opened in October 1995.
  • Tokai nature trail[4]

Local legends[edit]

A local woodcutter discovered a stream that ran with fine sake. He filled a gourd and brought the sake to his father. Drinking the water made his father feel youthful and turned his hair from gray to black. Empress Gensho of Nara visited Yōrō to try the water and it made her feel youthful, too.[2]

There is a persimmon tree that grows hair on the grounds of Fukugenji temple, because a murder victim is buried beneath the tree.[5][6]




  1. ^ 岐阜県の人口・世帯数人口動態統計調査結果. Gifu prefectural website (in Japanese). Gifu Prefecture. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Yoro Waterfall and the Legend of the Dutiful Son". 
  3. ^ "Reversible Destiny-Yoro Park Official Website". 
  4. ^ "Places to Visit - Yōrō". 
  5. ^ See Ross, Catrien; Japan (1996), Supernatural and Mysterious Japan: Spirits, Hauntings, and Paranormal Phenomena (1st ed.). Yenbooks. ISBN 4-900737-37-2.
  6. ^ Emily Millar. "Creepy Japan". 


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