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Spots in Gero / Minami-Hida Area

  • Gandate Canyon
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Ochiai
    A 40-minute drive from Gero Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. This picturesque canyon follows a mountain stream for 17 kilometers. Its lava (andesite) columnar joint walls and boulders were formed some 54 thousand years ago by the magma which flowed from an eruption of Mt. Ontake. The surrounding area is maintained as Gandate Park and facilities include observatories, a shop, and parking area. Mitsudaki Waterfall, located inside the park, can be reached via a 600-meter-long walkway. The canyon has been designated a Natural Monument by the prefecture and is a renowned destination for viewing fall foliage which has been selected for inclusion in a list of the 33 Selected Hida and Mino colored leaves. Visitors can enjoy a different atmosphere in spring when fresh verdure fills the area.
  • Japanese Sake Brewery TENRYOU
    Shopping
    Gifu Gero-shi Hagiwaracho Hagiwara 1289-1
    A 15-minute drive from Gero Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. This long standing brewery makes sake and shochu with choice rice, water, and people. The brewery's Tenryo sake is lovingly crafted by the chief brewer using Hidahomare, a local specialty rice ideal for sake making; and underground spring water from the Hida Mountains. Instilled with the spirt of brewery founder Hinoya Sahei, this sake is the embodiment of Hida. The brewery's novel products like the sparkling sweet sake Sumasuma are also popular. Visitors can tour the brewery year round for free, and also enjoy sake tasting (advance reservation required).
  • Suzuran Kogen Country Club
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Asahichounishibora 1628-1
    This highland is in Nishibora, Asahi-cho, Takayama City. Spreading out at 1,400 meters above sea level, it's filled with natural wonders like clumps of lily of the valley and other alpine plants, wild birds, and more. The air is cool even in summer, and offers a view over the Northern Japan Alps. In addition to a villa area equipped with hot-spring, there is a golf course as well.
  • Yugake no Sato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Gero-shi Kanayamacho Yugake Nakahira 515
    "This camping site running along the Yugake River The previously established ""Hida-Kanayama Forest Camp Ground"" was reopened in 2019. In addition to a camp site where you can directly appreciate the scenery from season to season, they have lodging facilities that are remodeled old homes built over 130 years ago, and also houses for rent furnished with cookware and electrical appliances. They also naturally have tents where you can rent futon sets, cooking sets, tables, chairs, and coolers, so even beginners to camping can enjoy relaxing outdoors without any worries."
  • Yuttari-Kan
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Gero-shi Kanayamacho Kanayama 973-2
    This day-use onsen is across from Michi-no-Eki Karen, about 30-minutes south of Gero Station on Route 41. It has high ceilings with an open feel, and seven baths including a full body bath, a source-fed bath, and an outdoor bath. The simple alkaline hot spring is colorless and all-natural. Bathing in it is said to help alleviate nerve pain, muscle soreness, chronic digestive ailments, lower back pain, motor paralysis, and recovery from fatigue. It warms you up nicely too. Their roughly 165-square-meter hall holds a variety of seasonal events like karaoke contests and musical performances.

    道路を隔てた向かいに道の駅があり、そちらにも日帰り温泉があったので、 迷いましたが混雑してなさそうだったこちらを選びました。 まずお食事処でお蕎麦ととろろ定食を注文。周りはいかにも地元の家族連れといった感じでちょっとうるさかったけど、注文したものは美味しかったです。 館内は土足のままで、浴場の暖簾をくぐってから靴を脱いで下駄箱に入れるようになっていました。下駄箱にはカギはありません。 ロッカーには...

  • Sachi-no-yu
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Gero-shi Koden 1144
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse provides a reasonably priced stay in Gero Onsen, which is one of Japan's three top hot springs along with Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture and Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture. Its seven kinds of baths include a cascade bath, a hydrogen bath, a body shower, and an outdoor bath. The soft water isn't irritating and leaves the skin feeling smooth. In addition to an overnight plan with half board, they also offer a day plan providing a cotton yukata robe and a towel, making it a great bath house for couples and families.

    いつもは、露天の奥のプールは閉鎖されているが、お盆だからか、プールに綺麗な水がはってあった。幼児でも足がつく。熱中症が騒がれる昨今気持ち良い。

  • Souvenir Shop Yamakawa
    Shopping
    Gifu Gero-shi Koden 1163-1
    Located at the western end of the Gero Ohashi Bridge, this is Gero Onsen's largest souvenir shop. You can recognize it by its 2.4-meter-tall blue eyed beckoning cat, known as James Gorohei Jr. Lots of tourists take photos with it. The shop offers a wide selection of unique Gero Onsen souvenirs. These include slow boiled onsen-tamago eggs in dashi broth, Hida beef rice balls, and boxed lunches with lots of Hida beef, and the Inochi-no-Ichi local rice brand that's been declared the tastiest in Japan. The adjacent sake shop sees a lot of visitors and features the 12 breweries of the Hida area.
  • Meijiya Soba-ten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Gero-shi Koden 1348-8
    A soba restaurant right in front of Gero Station. Their nihachi-soba noodles (80/20 buckwheat/udon flour mix) are hand-made daily from carefully selected domestic buckwheat that they stone-grind themselves. The noodles have a mild aroma and taste great going down. They also sell Sasa-zushi, a Gero Onsen specialty, consisting of bite-sized sushi wrapped in a bamboo leaf. They offer three varieties: sea bream, salmon, and mackerel. With just a hint of the bamboo leaf's fragrance, try one and you may want more. You can also get other items you'd expect to find at a soba shop, like soba miso, stewed Hida beef, skewered rice dumplings in a sweet soy glaze, and goheimochi rice cakes on a stick.
  • Furuko-no-Kobai (Red plum blossoms)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Nagase
    A plum tree that's been designated as a natural monument by Gifu Prefecture. A rare double-blossomed red variety, it's one of the few large trees in the prefecture. Nine-meter-tall and with a trunk three meters in circumference, it's estimated to be 700 years old. It has been damaged several times over the years, and one of the branches has been repaired. The site gets packed with photographers with their tripods when it is in full bloom in mid-April and it's even more beautiful with its blossoms against snow-capped Mt. Ontake. It's just off the Osaka River's bike path, so lots of people stop by to view it while out for a ride or a hike.
  • Osaka Kyodokan
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Yuya 217
    A local museum on the Hida Ontake Hanamomo Road with its ornamental peach trees that bloom red, white and pink in the spring. It's about 10 minutes from Hida Osaka Station. The official country villa that belonged to the high ranking farming Kiyohara family, it was built between 1818 and 1830 and is open to the public. It is a valuable architectural asset built of large logs and high-quality lumber, including 50-centimeter beams and a 28-centimeter in diameter main pillar. Apart from the house, there is also an agriculture and forestry museum and a storehouse where you can learn about the unique lifestyle and culture that the Hida people have protected down through the years.
  • Hida-Osaka Fureai-no-mori
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Yuya 273-1
    The Fureai-no-mori campground is surrounded by a rich natural environment of green forests with a clear stream full of fish nearby. Lots of people visit from Japan's urban areas seeking to get in touch with nature. They offer an array of hands-on-programs geared towards kids with a theme of laughing, building, and playing with children. Some of these include glasswork, Baumkuchen cake making, and parquetry.

    体験コースもあって大自然の中で、ゆっくり楽しむことができました!近くで川遊びができたり、巌立峡で滝を見ながらのハイキングもマイナスイオン浴しながら感動の連続です。この辺りは炭酸泉の温泉があります。とても泉質が良い。地元の人も多く利用されてるのでこちらもオススメできるポイントだなぁと思いました!

  • Ontake Panorama Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Ochiai
    A scenic portion of Gifu's Prefectural Route 441 that runs between the turnoff for the Suzuran Highland and Nigorigo Onsen. It's a great road to take in the great outdoors and the pure mountain air. It's also been selected as one of the Top 33 Spots for Autumn Leaves in Hida and Mino, the best time to see it is at the beginning of October when the poison ivy growing up the larch trees turn a brilliant red. In spring, Mt. Ontake's snow-capped peak and the young green leaves contrast beautifully along the route. The Ohira Observatory on the way will give you a panoramic view that includes what's left of Japan's longest lava flow from a Mt. Ontake eruption.
  • Gandatekyo Himeshaga no Yu
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Ochiai 1656
    "This day-use bathing facility is located in Hida-Osaka Onsenkyo, Osaka-cho, Gero City where is famous for waterfalls and hot springs . The natural, dark reddish-brown carbonated spring has been soothing travelers since ancient times, and the quality of the hot spring water is a rarity even in Japan for its ability to heal the body from both the inside and outside. The carbonated water in the baths ease muscle stiffness, it heals your stomach and intestines when ingested, and it is said that it produces a unique flavor and deliciousness when used in cooking. The popular ""Himeshaga wholly mineral spring special"" menu item you can enjoy in the dining area is shabu-shabu using natural carbonated spring water and ""Nattoku pork"" as Gifu's local specialty. Tofu boiled in mineral spring water has a mellow taste as it starts to dissolve, and it is recommended to make zosui rice soup with the dashi soup stock at the end."

    何度かチャレンジしたけどやっぱり源泉は冷たくて入れなかったです。 温かい方もぬるめなので、こちらはとても入りやすいです。鉄の匂いがすごくします。 年末の午前中に訪れましたが脱衣場も広さがあるので特に混雑は感じませんでした。 JAFの割引があります。

  • Tagami Farm
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Gero-shi Norimasa 1315
    This agritourism farm is where you can enjoy blueberry picking from late June to mid-August. They use fertilizer made from rice bran and canola oil lees, and they thoroughly carry out cultivation techniques to remove harmful insects and weeds by hand. They do not use chemical fertilizers or agricultural chemicals, so it is popular because even children can pick and eat them right away. You can also take back the blueberries you pick, so they are a great souvenir (at an extra cost). It is fun to hunt for blueberries even in the rain, so you can casually drop by with a group or your family.

    レストランで食べた美味しい無農薬のブルーベリー狩りが食べ放題と聞いて行ってみました。 午前9時から午後5時までやっています。 30分1000円、40分1300円と二種類あり、たくさん食べたかったので、40分にしました。 初めて知ったのですが、ブルーベリーにも種類がたくさんあり、見た目は全く同じですが味が全く違う!!!田上農園さんでは一列ごとに違う品種が植えられており、自分の好みに合った味の木を探...

  • Tanokami no Ashiyu Footbath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Gero-shi Mori
    This footbath is an easy way to enjoy Gero Onsen, one of Japan's top three hot springs along with Arima Onsen in Hyogo Prefecture and Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it's in a fine location about a 17-minute walk from Gero Station in the park next to the Gero City Hall. The name is associated with the Tanokami Festival held at the local Mori Hachiman Shrine. There's a hot spring fountain in front of it. Made of stone from Mt. Ontake and the nearby Ogawa River, it's good for hand baths.
  • Yu-no-machi Ujo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Gero-shi Mori
    A park at the upstream of the Atanodani River. It's close to Gero Onsen, one of Japan's top three hot spring towns. The park's name comes from a folk song by the poet Ujo Noguchi who visited the area in the early Showa period. The Atanodani River flows from the mountains around Gero Onsen right through downtown. The promenade along the river is great for a walk after your bath while taking in the natural surroundings. You can swim in the river in summer to add another layer of fun to your time in the hot spring town.
  • Moriminashi Hachiman Shrine
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Mori 1321
    "This old temple in a corner of the hot spring town is located approximately a ten-minute walk from Gero Station. From the Heian period to the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Hida craftsmen carved ten wooden idols that are stored here, and all of them have been designated as national important cultural properties. Every year on February 14th, there is a traditional festival called ""Tanokami Festival"" to usher in spring in Hidaji area. It is said to be based on ritual performances done since the middle ages so as to celebrate an abundant harvest of rice in advance. It is also nicknamed the ""Hanagasa Festival"" because of the local young dancers who wear brightly colored hanagasa hats, and this has been designated a national important intangible cultural asset."

    駅の対岸にあります。階段は結構急でした。境内は街中の神社といった感じです。人はいませんがお賽銭箱の近くに書置き御朱印があります。

  • Geruma no Ashiyu Footbath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Gero-shi Mori 2519-1
    "A hot spring footbath with germanium in the water, unlike the rest of Gero Onsen. This area was originally called ""Shimodomari"" as Japanese reading, but later called ""Geru"" as Chinese reading, and finally is called ""Gero"". Located a bit away from central Gero near Kaiseki Yado and Suihouen, it has an off-the-beaten-track feel. It's a great place to unwind while gazing at Gero Onsen Gassho Village, the 10 gassho-style houses that have been relocated from Shirakawa-go."
  • Sagi no Ashiyu Footbath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Gero-shi Yunoshima
    This was Gero Onsen's first footbath. The name derives from a 700-year-old legend of a white crane (sagi) that descended on the spot, letting the villagers know where the hot spring welled up. The cypress wood footbath is across from Kaeru Shrine, on a street lined with restaurants and old-style inns. The clean facility can accommodate five people sitting side-by-side, relaxing and easing their fatigue away. It's just a simple bath, bench, and a roof, but as it's right next to the central parking lot, someone always seems to be there.
  • Gero Onsen-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Yunoshima
    There's a high probability you'll pass this shrine during your visit to Gero Onsen as it's in the center of town. It's on the first floor of Gero Onsen Ryokan Kaikan on the corner of Shirasagi Bridge, just across from Gero Ohashi Bridge. It was built to give thanks for Gero's history and hot springs, and to pray for its continued development. An annual festival held on October 8th also offers thanks for the hot springs and features tourists parading through the town wearing traditional samurai garb. The shrine is a branch of Yudonosan Honmiya Shrine, honoring one of the three Dewasanzan peaks in Yamagata Prefecture.

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Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan’s greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture’s traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.

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