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Nature Spots in Gero / Minami-Hida Area

  • Nakayama Shichiri Valley
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    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.
  • Norimasa Otaki
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    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.
  • Tours of the Osaka Falls
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    Kozakamachi, Gero City, Gifu Prefecture
    Tours of hiking courses which connect the waterfalls of the town of Osaka, which has over 200. Most of the waterfalls were formed by one of two eruptions by Mt. Ontake in the distant past. Each one is different, and tour-goers can take in the unique, beautiful natural scenery of Osaka. The area is divided into three overarching zones suited to different purposes and effort levels, such as the “Satoyama Fureai Zone,” which is designed for beginners and which has informational panels scattered along a well-maintained path. The “Okuyama Chosen Zone” for intermediates and the “Hikkyo Tanken Zone” for advanced trekkers are trackless paths and thus require a guide. Guided tours of the area are also provided.
  • Kanayama Megaliths
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachouiwase
    A term used to refer to groups of megaliths in three locations, including one Historic Site-designated Jomon period archeological site. Several of the stones are taller than a person and at first glance they appear to simply be scattered about. However, there are indentations and lines on the stones which were clearly carved by human hands and, when connected, they reveal shapes such as the Big Dipper. At the present time, the stones are believed to have been used for astronomical observation in the Jomon period, and it is conjectured that the people who lived here over 5,000 years ago used the position of the sun to measure the time of the year.
  • Yokoya Gorge
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachoukanayama
    A gorge located a 30 minute drive from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway which was created by the clear waters of the Shibukawa River in the Tateshina Onsen hot spring district in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture. Four waterfalls can be viewed along the river’s length—the Shirataki, Futamitaki, Koyodaki, and Keimeidaki—and visitors can enjoy touring the falls while bathing in the skin-beautifying negative ions they generate. Visitors can also enjoy seasonal, natural beauty, including fresh buds in spring, cool relief from the heat in summer, fall colors in autumn and frozen waterfalls in winter. In particular, the gorge is counted as one of the most beautiful areas to walk and enjoy fall foliage in eastern Japan, and many hikers come here during autumn.
  • Iwaya Dam
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Kanayamachounohara
    A dam built along the Hida River. The dam helps regulate the water levels of the Hidagawa River, Mazegawa River, and Yugake River. This multipurpose dam is used for flood control, power generation, and general irrigation. With an advance reservation, visitors can go on a tour of the dam’s control room and other areas. There is a small museum on the shore of the dam lake which displays photographs of the construction of the dam up to completion, exhibits on how the dam is used, and a 3D map of the surrounding area. From the roof of this museum, you can get a sweeping view of the dam, and audio explanations concerning the dam are also played here.
  • Mt. Ontake
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    Gifu Pref. Geroshi Osakachouochiai
    A 3,067 meter active volcano straddling the border between Nagano Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture. The westernmost mountain in Japan over 3,000 meters, the mountain is notable for its large, trapezoidal base. There are five trailheads leading up the mountain on different sides; during the climbing season, the Otaki trail is the only one which can be driven on, and visitors can use it to drive up to the Tanohara area 2,190 meters above sea level. A ropeway connects to the Kurosawa trailhead and this trail also has many mountain huts, making it relatively easy to climb. There are many leisure facilities nearby such as a ski resort and hot spring bathhouses, as well as Shinto shrines and other mystical sites, ensuring that even those not interested in mountain climbing will find many interesting things to do in the area.
  • Suzuran Kogen Country Club
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    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.
  • Neo no Taki
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    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Ochiai
  • Mt.Kaore
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    Gifu
  • Kadowasa Kawa no Hotaru
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    Gifu Gero-shi Kadowasa Hiuchi Wasa
  • Sugata Kawa no Hotaru
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    Gifu Gero-shi Kanayama Sugatakirihora
  • Iwao Tate Valley
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    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho Ochiai
  • Mazegawa Riv.
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    Gifu Gero-shi Maze
  • Shimohara Dam
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    Gifu Gero-shi Kanayamacho
  • Mazegawa Daini Dam
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    Gifu Gero-shi Kanayamacho
  • Higashi Ueda Dam
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    Gifu Gero-shi Osakacho
  • Nishimura Dam
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    Gifu Gero-shi Mazenishimura
  • Okahora Dam
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    Gifu Gero-shi Hagiwaracho Okahora

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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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