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  • Gero Onsen Gassho-Mura
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    4.0
    318 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 2369
    Gero Onsen Gassho-Mura is an outdoor museum featuring a collection of traditional gassho-style thatched farmhouses that have been moved to the site from areas such as Shirakawa-go. There is also the Kage-e Geki Shirasagi-za shadow puppet theatre, displays about traditional folk customs, and workshops where visitors can try their hand at craft activities, etc.; at Gero Onsen Gassho-Mura, visitors can get a real feel for how people used to live in the Hida region. Visitors can also enjoy the “Gassho no Ashiyu” footbath, which uses water from the Gero Onsen hot springs (one of the top three ranked hot springs systems in Japan).

    We decided to visit Gero Onsen Gassho-mura village as there wasn't much to do in Gero. We were not expecting much as the gassho-zukuri houses with thatched roofs in the village were transferred from...

  • Gero Museum of Hot Springs
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima 543-2
    This museum is a ten-minute walk from Gero Station. They present both scientific and cultural perspectives on hot springs around Japan. There are five exhibit areas: Science of Hot Springs, Cultures of Hot Springs, Welcome to Gero Onsen, The Room of Dr. Onsen, and Omoshiro Challenge! Hot Springs! You can actually check the salinity and pH of a hot spring and learn about the history of Gero Onsen through valuable photos, materials, a diorama, and more. Books on hot springs are also available. They have a foot bath you can walk in, too.
  • Kogetsu Honke
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kouden 1145-4
    This Japanese and Western sweet shop is in Koden, Gero City, Gifu Prefecture. Their Japanese sweet called “namadora with a filling of fresh cream and tsubuan bean paste sandwiched between pancakes made from local red eggs and milk is a local favorite. They also sell limited time items filled with the flavors of the season. Their “Wa-MORI-mori Parfait with fresh cream and fruit on kudzu mochi starch cake and sponge cake is popular too. It’s easy to hold on to and great for walking about the hot spring district.

    生どら美味しいです。秋限定の生どら(栗入り)もあり、栗きんとんもあり美味しいです。温泉街ではなく、駅近にあります。

  • On-sen-ji Temple
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima 680
    This temple is 15 minutes on foot from JR Gero Station. Temple legend says that Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha himself, announced the presence of Gero's hot springs. Climbing the 173 stone steps from the Jizo-do subtemple, you'll come to the temple gate. There's a sweeping view of Gero's townscape from the temple grounds. The tranquil vantage point and peaceful scenery make it a relaxing place for a break while sightseeing. They hold the Yakushi Festival annually on March 8, as well as free Zen meditation workshops on the 13th of every month that are open to all. In autumn they illuminate the colored leaves of the trees around the temple in the evening. The leaves stand out vividly against the night sky as you stroll along or gaze at them from the foot bath.

    We walked to this temple from Yunoshimakan after breakfast and a soak in the outdoor hot spring (with snow falling on our heads). The snow was so fresh that we could kick it up. The temple itself...

  • Keichan Suginoko
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Ogawa 1311
    Keichan is a regional dish from the Hida and Gero areas of Gifu Prefecture, and Suginoko is a great place to try it. The shop is five minutes south of JR Gero Station by car via Prefectural Route 440 along the Hida River, near the Masuda Highway overpass. Their superb keichan consists of chicken thigh meat cooked with cabbage and their secret sauce in a Genghis Kan grill pan. It goes great with rice and Japanese shochu, and we recommend finishing off the meal by mixing in fried yakisoba noodles. There are also a variety of other local dishes on their menu such as Gero’s konyaku gelatin sashimi and Hida beef grilled with miso.

    下呂への旅行の時に昼食に立ち寄りました。 けいちゃん2人前と〆の焼きそばを頂きました。 ニンニクが効いたタレが鶏肉とキャベツに良くあいます。 キャベツから出た水分とタレが鍋底にたまりますが、このタレを焼きそばに吸わせるように絡めて水分が完全に無くなったら食べごろで、火を止めて頂きますが、これが美味しい! お店の位置がちょっとわかりずらいですが、お勧めです。

  • Okuda-Mataemon-Ko Honpo
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 28
    Ten minutes on foot from JR Gero Station, this store is run by a pharmaceutical manufacturer headquartered in Gero City, Gifu Prefecture. Their Okuda Gero Abura ointment is a Gero Onsen specialty, sold to ease lower back pain, joint pain, and stiff shoulders. It was handed down through the generations to Okuda Mataemon, an orthopedic doctor in Gero Onsen. They offer black, white, and green Gero Abura, as well as a liquid version. They have a variety of other products too, like bathwater additives, and Japanese style scented papers called Nagomi Sheets. You use different ones according to your symptoms.
  • Baden Baden
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kouden 1268 Sankeikaku 1F
    A European style restaurant located in the Suimeikan hot spring hotel. For breakfast, the restaurant serves sweet fresh fruit juices and tomato juice as well as original dishes made with Hida ingredients. For lunch, you can enjoy a casual course meal or the restaurant’s “Premium Burger” set meal made with Hida beef and limited to just 20 customers a day. For dinner, the establishment offers seasonal meals, a variety of course meals made with Hida beer, and a premium dinner course which includes a flambé dessert, perfect for special occasions and anniversaries. Here diners can enjoy dishes incorporating an abundance of Hida ingredients enwrapped in a quiet and soothing atmosphere.

    Unexpectedly good western meal. The restaurant was so popular at the time of our visit and some customers who did not make a reservation has to be turned down.

  • Gero Hot Spring Footbath Village Yuamiya
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima 801-2
    Located beside Gero Onsen Shrine on Gero's onsen street, you can snack on this shop's original sweets while soaking in a foot bath. Their Ontama Soft is a fusion of Gero Onsen slow-cooked egg and soft serve ice cream, and their warm Honwaka Pudding is heated in a hot spring. They also carry a variety of merchandise like Onsen Cosmetics made with Gero Onsen's beautifying hot spring water, products with Hida beef, traditional Hida district handicrafts and folk items, standard souvenirs like small goods made with antique cloth, and Yuamiya original merchandise.
  • Enzo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 971-39
    A restaurant located in front of Gero City Hall which offers a variety of dishes made with Hida beef. In addition to standard teishoku set meals, the restaurant also serves steaks, sukiyaki, misoyaki, Hida beef teishoku set meals, and much more. You can also enjoy the restaurant’s own take on the tomato-don, a local Gero dish, which consists of Hida beef served over rice with tomatoes and egg on top; as well as a pork tomato rice bowl which combines tomatoes and rice with clean-tasting Hida Nattoku pork. In addition, the restaurant serves keichan chicken stir fry, another local Gero dish. One more nice thing about this establishment; it’s open until 23:00.
  • Hououza Theater
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mimayano
    This theater where local kabuki is performed is located right next to the Mimayano bus stop on the Nohi Bus for Nakatsugawa from the JR Takayama Main Line’s Gero Station. The view from all seats is good because of their terrace-like arrangement on both sides of the passageway. The village plays called “Mimayano no Shibai” that have been loved since the Edo period (1603-1868) were designed important tangible folk cultural properties by Gifu Prefecture together with their original scripts. It has a history going back to the Edo period, with amateur kabuki performances performed with festivals of Hie-jinja Shrine and Kumano-jinja Shrine. The splendid paintings on sliding-door panels created by Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) period painters are also a must-see.
  • Gero Onsen Ideyu Morning Market
    Shopping
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 2626
    This morning market is held at the entrance of Gero Onsen Gassho Village in downtown Gero Onsen. In addition to locally harvested vegetables and specialty products like tomato juice, blueberry jam, buna shimeji mushrooms, local sake, and pickled red turnip, you can also buy locally produced miso and konnyaku gelatin. Vegetables are on sale from Friday to Monday. They also sell a variety of Japanese items like chirimen silk scrunchies and pouches, antiques, and Gero specialty items you won't find at ordinary souvenir shops.
  • La Vita e Bella
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 1001-3
    An authentic Italian cuisine restaurant located in the Gero Onsen hot spring district a 10 minute walk from JR Gero Station. The owner aims to make use of skills cultivated through training in areas throughout Italy combined with ingredients primarily from Hida to serve healthy, delicious food. Particularly recommended is the tomato and mozzarella cheese spaghetti, a classic Italian dish which is made with locally-grown tomatoes. The restaurant has counter and table seating areas as well as booths. Diners sitting at the tables on the west side of the restaurant can enjoy a superb view of the Hida River below along with their meal.
  • Gero Furusato Rekishikan
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Gero-shi Mori 1808-37
    A museum in Jomon Park, about a 15-minute drive from Gero Station, with restored pit dwellings from the Jomon and Yayoi periods. It provides a fine overview of the history of Gero City, with exhibits and a public gallery on the first floor, and a permanent display ranging from ancient times to the present day. They offer experiential programs that deepen learning and enhance the displays. These include making magatama, a common ancient accessory, items with animal motifs, Jomon period instruments, and authentic Jomon pottery. Visitors apply the patterns without the aid of modern tools.
  • Shirasagi no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Yunoshima 856-1
    This hot spring is located approximately a 7-minute walk from JR Gero Station. A while building with a Romanesque-style, this bathing facility has long been popular with locals. You can relax in the hot springs while gazing out on the Hida River and the surrounding mountains from the inner baths of Japanese cypress. Because there is no shampoo, body soap or towels, you will need to prepare and bring them in advance or purchase them there. At the front of the building, there is a free footbath with a statue of Venus in the center, making it a place bustling with many tourists.
  • Nakasa
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 918-47
    This soba noodle restaurant is located a seven-minute walk from Gero Station on the JR Takayama Main Line. The restaurant exclusively uses small-seeded buckwheat grown by producers in Okuhida and Nagano Prefecture it has worked with for more than three decades. This buckwheat is then ground by hand with a stone mortar and used to make their fragrant and notably sweet soba noodles. In addition to their chilled hand-ground zaru soba (soba served on a bamboo sieve), their menu features a full range of items that allow you to fully enjoy the flavor of the ingredients. These include kake soba (soba in hot broth), tempura soba (soba served with tempura), and soba manju buns. It also includes their sweet and richly flavorful sobagaki (buckwheat dumplings), which are limited to just 10 servings per day.

    昨日は御岳山の東側の麓に宿泊。昼食の場所をネットで探すと、下呂温泉に仲佐というお蕎麦屋さんがありました。2時間のドライブでお店に着いたのは正午の少し前。 カウンター席に座って見回すといろいろ目に入ります。席の右手は坪庭。正面右には小さな花が活けてあります。カウンターの向こうにある棚には古い蕎麦猪口。蕎麦屋というより小料理屋に見えます。その印象は料理が出ても変わりませんでした。 注文は蕎麦三昧と...

  • Jomon Park (Mineichigoiseki Park)
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Mori 1808-37
    Located approximately a 15-minute bus ride from Gero Station, the historic park for Mineichigo site was excavated between 1966 and 1970. Inside the park, there are the remains of pit-dwellings from the Jomon period (14,000-300 BC), and restored pit dwellings from the Yayoi period (300 BC-300 AD). The state of the dwellings when excavated is preserved in the archives, and many people enjoy walking through the park to learn about history and the magnificence of nature. In addition, you can also see precious excavated items from Mineichigo site in the adjoining Gero Furusato Historical Memorial Museum.

    下呂市の歴史にふれることができます。 更に建物の前には最高の景色を楽しめる橋があります。 入園料は無料 トイレあり

  • Nakayama Shichiri Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Sambara Kanayama cho
    A ravine extended some 28 kilometers from Gero City’s Sanbara area to Kanayama-cho located approximately 50 kilometers away from the Nakatsugawa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway via National Route 257. Comprised of steep mountains and stunning rock formations created via erosion by the Hidagawa River, due to the ravine’s highly seasonal, picturesque scenery, the area has been designated Hida-Kisogawa Quasi-National Park. Area highlights include Byobu Rock, Rakan Rock, Koshiga-ike Pond, and Kiba Rock; visitors can also enjoy lovely fall foliage and, from spring to early summer, charming azaleas growing between the ravine’s rocks. Visitors can also enjoy views of the ravine from the nearby National Route and the windows of JR trains which pass through the area.
  • Zenshoji
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Hagiwarachouchuro 1089
    This Zen temple of the Rinzai Myoshinji school was established in the Heian period, and is located a five-minute walk from JR Takayama Line’s Zenshoji Station. An old temple counted among the top in the Rinzai school, the building conveys a style from Song Dynasty China, and boasts being one of the oldest and most famous. On the ground of the temple, you can find “Banzaido,” a garden landscaped by Kanamori Souwa and designated by Gifu Prefecture as a place of scenic beauty, a tea room, and many temple treasures including a large Bodhidharma statue of Sesshuhitsu. There are many sights such as the over 1,200-year old large Japanese cedar tree that is a nationally designated natural monument and Yukari no Ume (plum trees) planted personally by imperial messengers. You can also experience Zen meditation with a reservation.

    need to climb a long flight of stairs to this temple but provide a good view of the whole town

  • Nigorigo Onsen (City-operated Outdoor Bath)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Osakachouochiai
    This municipal day-use hot spring facility is in central Nigorigo Onsen. At an altitude of 1,800 meters on one of Japan's leading highlands, it has large men's and women's outdoor baths and an off-the-beaten-track feel imbued with rustic beauty. It's a hydrogen carbonate spring (sodium, calcium-bicarbonate, and sulfate hot spring), and is said to be good for nerve pain, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and more. Prefectural Route 441 leading to Nigorigo Onsen is also called the “Ontake Panorama Line and driving it in the early summer or fall when the leaves turn color is particularly recommended.
  • Norimasa Otaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Norimasa
    A waterfall located around 20 kilometers east of the Gero Onsen hot spring district and approximately 25 minutes by car from JR Gero Station. The falls have been selected as one of the 50 most renowned water-related destinations in Gifu Prefecture. The waters of this stunning, 21 meter drop waterfall originate in the mountains on the border between Nagano Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture. Visitors can get right up next to the falls’ basin. A campground and trailhead leading up Shirokusayama also located nearby, attracting many visitors in the summer seeking relief from the heat as well as in the fall to enjoy the autumn foliage. The waters here are also used to grow wasabi due to how little they vary in temperature.

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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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