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Okuhida Onsen Town is situated in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. Being roughly 60 minutes by bus from JR Takayama Station, or 85 minutes from JR Matsumoto Station, makes it extremely accessible for visitors. Okuhida is comprised of 5 major hot springs. At the base of the Northern Alps, surrounded by nature is Shinhotaka. Tochio, with its family atmosphere, can be found right at the onsen source. Shinhirayu is in the heart of Okuhida - bustlin with visitors. Those who make it to Fukuchi will feel like they've been transported back to ancient Japan. Hirayu has long prospered as a busy onsen due to its favourable location. Welcome to Okuhida - an onsen paradise!

Hirayu

Hirayu

Situated at the foot of Mt. Norikura, Hirayu is the oldest onsen in Okuhida with a long history. There is a bus terminal here, and nearby there are many shops and restaurants. With great access to Takayama, Kamikochi and Matsumoto this is an extremely convenient spot in Okuhida.

Tochio

Tochio

A homely onsen with a rustic sensibility. With the nearby rivers teeming with fish, this spot is ever popular with anglers and, as one can imagine, the inns in the area combine these freshly-caught fish with wild vegetables to create popular local dishes. The open-air bath “Kojin no yu”, is extremely popular and is situated on the bank of the Kamata River, looking out over the water.

Shinhotaka

Shinhotaka

Located right in the depths of Okuhida, this onsen is at the gateway to the North Japan Alps. There is a lot to enjoy in the area including a free hot spring footbath “Ashiarai no yu” on Nakao Kogen plateau and the mixed open-air bath Shinhotaka no yu. The view from the Northern Alps Bridge in the Nakao Kogen plateau area is fantastic, and definitely not to be missed!

Shinhirayu

Shinhirayu

Set in the heart of Okuhida, from small to large scale, this area offers a range of attractive inns as well as restaurants and local shops lining the busy spa town’s main street. As a member of a group that aims to preserve the Hida region’s beautiful scenery, this town does much to promote itself to tourists, while also maintaining its natural scenic environment. Much is done in the way of beautifying the town’s appearance, including preserving large colonies of fireflies, to admire in the spring season.

Fukuchi

Fukuchi

An extremely popular onsen, secluded in a peaceful mountain range. The area harbors many traditional inns, with old-style hearths to suit the decor. Fukuchi’s environs are rich in fossils and the fossil museum here, “Kasekikan” boasts the oldest display of fossils exhibited in Japan.

Okuhida offers some of the finest sights and activities in Japan!

Shinhotaka Ropeway

One of a kind in Japan, visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains from the double-decker car of the ropeway! Admire the glorious 360 degree vistas of the Northern Japan Alps at the height of 2,156m from the observatory platform at the summit. Wonderful panoramic views that change throughout the 4 seasons.

Fukuchi "Kasekikan" Fossil Museum

Fukuchi Onsen area is home to some of the oldest fossils discovered in Japan. The Kasekikan displays fossils from about 300 million to 400 million years old. Learn about the mysterious history of the area, which was once at the bottom of the sea - despite now being at a height of 1,000m. Kasekikan is a valuable geographical resource.

Okuhida Bear Farm

A home for over 100 bears from all over the world, including the black and brown variety. Everyday, starting from 10:30 and 15:00 the bears perform a show in which they ride swings and tricycles. Visitors can enjoy getting to know the bears by feeding them and have their photos taken together.

Mt. Norikura Skyline
(May 15th - Oct 31st)

This road through the mountains offers unbeatable panoramic views of the area and is the highest road in Japan. For environmental reasons, the road is not open to public vehicles. However, there is a bus running which departs from Hirayu Onsen, alternatively visitors can take a taxi.

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