Gifu lanterns, or Gifu paper lanterns, are a special product of the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
Gifu lanterns have a history of over three hundred years. In 1995, their high level of craftsmanship was recognized with a designation as a National Traditional Craft. The oldest historical documents we can read now about lanterns were written in the Muromachi period (1500 ‘s). After this period, until the Edo era, lanterns seemed mainly used in the upper class such as the royal family.