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Nature Spots in Hida / Takayama Area

  • Hida Great Limestone Cave
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouhiyomo 1147
    The Hida Great Limestone Cave is located between Hida Takayama and the Okuhida Onsengo. Running a total length of about 800 meters, it is among the greatest tourist limestone caves in Japan. In the cave you can also see a rare form of stalactite known as a helictite, the only known occurrence in Japan. These bizarre looking cave deposits grow in all directions. As well as the limestone cave there is the Ohashi Collection Kan Museum which displays artworks collected by Sotokichi Ohashi, the discoverer of the Hida Great Limestone Cave. About 1,000 pieces of artworks are on display.
  • Mt.Fujimidake
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Gifu prefecture Takayama city Niuikawa gawa Iwawaya ?
    This famous peak, with an altitude of 2,817 meters, is part of Mt. Norikura, and it offers a sweeping view of Mt. Yarigatake, Kengamine Peak, and the Hotaka Mountain Range. As the name Fujimi-dake implies, you can see Mt. Fuji when the weather is fair. Because Mt. Norikura has restricted car access throughout the year, using a shuttle bus or taxi is recommended.
  • Sugo Highlands
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    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Furukawachousugou Plateau
    Spreading across the southern foothills of Takayama, the Sugo highlands are a place for fully enjoying beautiful nature, from the blessings of the mountain to the flow of water from springs in limestone caves to a hundred or so creeks flowing into town. In the vicinity of these clear springs, natural wasabi (horseradish) appears in spring, followed by the Sansai Festival from late May to early June and the Kinoko Festival in October. During September’s Fall Festival, there is a dedication ceremony for Sugo Shishi—an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property for Gifu Prefecture. It’s well worth a look!
  • Utsue Shijuhattaki Falls (Utsue Shijuhattaki Falls Prefectural Nature Park)
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kokufuchoutsue
    The collective term for 13 waterfalls located in a nature park a 15 minute drive from JR Hida-Kokufu Station along Prefectural Route 479. The name of the falls is derived from a local tale known as the “Legend of Yosohachi.” A highly secluded area, visitors can enjoy the sight of the 18.8 meter tall Otaki falls and other waterfalls splashing down rocky walls amidst seasonal scenery. This scenery has been selected in a variety of lists of Japan’s most beautiful locations, including the 100 best examples of natural scenery to preserve in the 21st century, Gifu Prefecture’s 50 most beautiful water areas, and the 33 most beautiful locals to enjoy fall foliage in the Hida-Mino area. There is a campground and hot spring bathhouse nearby, and the stone paved path leading to the falls makes it easy even for families with children to enjoy the gorgeous views.

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  • Hirayu Great Fall
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu
    A large waterfall located a 12 minute walk from Hirayu Otaki Park. The waterfall is mentioned in the legend of the founding of the Hirayu Onsen hot spring district. The waters of this powerful six meter wide, 64 meter tall waterfall flow over a giant bedrock shelf. The waterfall is also a renowned destination for enjoying fall foliage which attracts many visitors. The waterfall is lit up during the Hirayu-Otaki Keppyo Festival, creating a magical spectacle. Considered one of the three great waterfalls in the Hida region, this popular waterfall has also been selected as one of Japan’s one hundred best and as one of the 50 best water-related sites in Gifu Prefecture. Area visitors can enjoy lovely scenery here, including Japanese white birch in early summer, mountains colored by fall foliage in autumn, and the waterfall itself beautiful frozen solid in winter.
  • Abo Pass
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    Takayama-city, Gifu Prefecture
    A pass located between Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture and Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. Situated 1,800 meters above sea level, the pass is a stunning place from which to view sweeping scenery of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps). A parking area is located at the end of the pass’s climb, and the view from here is spectacular. Visitors driving along the pass can enjoy the beautiful forms of Mt. Yakedake and Mt. Hotakadake, selected as two of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains, and take pictures of mountains some 3,000 meters high. Currently the Abo-Toge Road is the primary pass route, but an older road is also style used by many for touring. Note that the pass is closed to traffic in winter from mid-November to May.
  • Amou Pass
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    Gifu prefecture Hida city
    A pass connecting Hida City and Shirakawa Village in Gifu Prefecture which has been designated Amou Prefectural Natural Park. The pass was also designated a Gifu Brand New Treasure in 2011. Overflowing with virgin beech forest and alpine plants, visitors can find Asian skunk cabbage growing in the areas high moors. Seasonal flowering plants delight the eye until around mid-September, while from early October onward visitors can enjoy the changing colors of beech and maple trees. A mountain climbing route start at the pass’ parking area leads to the Amou Marsh and up Mt. Mominuka. Note that the pass is usually closed to through traffic in winter.
  • Mt. Norikura
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouiwaidani
    A mountain located at the southern edge of the Hida Mountains which has 23 peaks, seven lakes, and eight plains. The mountain's highest peak, Kengamine, is 3,026 meters tall. There are two roads which lead to the Tatami-daira plateau 2,700 meters above sea level—one on the Nagano Prefecture side which leads from the Norikura Plateau through Prefectural Route 84, and one on the Gifu Prefecture side which leads from Hirayu to the Nirokura Skyline. A shuttlebus can also be used to travel either route. Alpine flower fields sprawl in the vicinity of Tatami-daira and visitors can enjoy the sight of the beautiful flowers as they climb. The area is also a popular destination to enjoy fall foliage in autumn. It takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes to climb to the top of the mountain from Tatami-daira. At the top of the mountain you'll find a stunning view of the Hida Mountains.
  • Hirayu Pass
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Okuhidaonsengouhirayu
    A pass situated along National Route 158 traveling from Takayama to Matsumoto which is situated at the northern foot of Mt. Norikura 1,684 meters above sea level. Situated at the junction between the Norikura Skyline and Prefectural Route 485, the pass is a continuous stretch of sharp curves and steep slopes and is known as a difficult place to drive. Commanding a spectacular view of the Northern Japan Alps to the northeast and Mt. Hakusan to the west, in spring the entire mountain is enwrapped in light green Erman's birch leaves, while in fall maples and rowans dye it vivid, eye-catching colors.
  • Ohanabatake
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Nyukawachouiwaidani Norikura Tatami
    This is an area where alpine plants grow in Mt. Norikura, A variety of alpine plants such as dryas pentapetala, kamchatka lily and narcissus anemone grow here and the area boasts pretty flowers in bloom from the end of June to the middle of August every year. There is a boardwalk where the flowers bloom and visitors are able to enjoy walking around with ease. Entering Mt. Norikura by car is regulated throughout the year, so it is recommended to use the shuttle bus or a taxi.
  • Nabedaira Highlands
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    Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture Okuhida Onsengou Shinhotaka Hot Spring
    The Nabedaira Highlands sit at an elevation of 1305 meters, creating a relaxing space with natural walking routes and wild flower gardens for you to enjoy. The Shin-Hotaka Visitor Center, Sangaku-kan, holds many events and provides information on how you can best enjoy the Northern Alps and Okuhida. The natural walking routes in the highlands stretch for 2.3 kilometers, which becomes a snow-shoe hiking course in winter.
  • Shu Pass
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    Gifu Hida-shi
  • Mt.Gozen
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Terashi
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Oamami
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Nukedo
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Shakujo
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Kasagatake
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Nishihotaka
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    Gifu
  • Mt.Karasawa
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    Gifu

Gifu Main Areas

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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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