Map of Japanese provinces (1868
) with Mino Province highlighted
Mino Province (美濃国 Mino no kuni), one of the List of Provinces of Japan, encompassed part of modern-day Gifu Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was sometimes called Nōshū (濃州).
Mino had borders with Echizen, Hida, Ise, Mikawa, Ōmi, Owari, and Shinano Provinces.
The ancient capital city of the province was near Tarui. The main castle town was at Gifu.
Waterfall in Mino Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige
In 713, the road crossing through Mino and Shinano provinces was widened to accommodate increasing numbers of travelers.
In 1600, the Battle of Sekigahara took place at the western edge of Mino, near the mountains between the Chūbu region and the Kinki region.
In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Mino Province were reformed in the 1870s.
Shrines and Temples
Shitori jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Mino.