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att.JAPAN Issue 53, September 2010

Okuhida Onsengou

Nestled in the Northern Alps, which are the highest and steepest mountain ranges of Japan, there are five hot springs resorts collectively called Okuhida Onsengou.
Hirayu Onsen, located at an altitude of 1,283 meters, is the oldest and most venerable spa of Okuhida. It has long prospered as a hub of neighboring sightseeing spots such as Takayama and Shinhotaka, Gifu Prefecture, and Kamikochi, Nagano Prefecture. It is home to a variety of lodging facilities from rustic inns to luxurious hotels. Hirayu Otaki Falls, one of three major waterfalls in the Hida region, is nearby.
Fukuchi Onsen is another rustic-feeling spa. Japan's oldest fossil and other many fossils were discovered around the spa. 

Shinhirayu Onsen is the center of the Okuhida area. It spreads along the western foot of Mount Yake-dake, one of the mountains of the Northern Alps, and is the largest hot spring resort of the area. With a lot of water sources, you can enjoy abundant water of a variety of qualities. Okuhida Bear Park, which is home to some 100 bears, is an enjoyable place to visit.
Tochio Onsen has a homely atmosphere. You can enjoy local cuisine of Okuhida in a relaxed and friendly manner.

Shinhotaka Onsen is in the middle of a large wilderness area, just at the foot of the Northern Alps. In the past, only alpinists stayed here as a mountain climbing base. However, after the opening of Shinhotaka Ropeway in 1970, ordinary people became able to see 3,000-meter mountains at close range without climbing with their own feet. And now it is a popular spa attracting many tourists.

With about 140 open-air baths – said to be No.1 in Japan – the nostalgic feel of the mountainside villages, and beautiful scenery that changes dramatically with the seasons, it is sure that you will enjoy a unique and refreshing experience at the Okuhida Onsengou. Local specialties such as delicious Hida beef, wild vegetables and river fish are also recommended.


 

 Access
by train
1. From Tokyo to Matsumoto by JR limited express train "Super Azusa" on the Chuo Line: 2h 40min, from Matsumoto to Okuhida Onsengou by bus: 1h 25min
2. From Tokyo to Nagoya by Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train: 1h 40min, from Nagoya to Hidatakayama by JR limited express train "Wide View Hida" on the Takayama Line: 2h 10min, from Hidatakayama to Okuhida Onsengou by bus: 60min
3. From Tokyo to Nagoya by Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train: 1h 40min, from Nagoya to Matsumoto by JR limited express train "Wide View Shinano" on the Chuo Line: 2h 15min, from Matsumoto to Okuhida Onsengou by bus: 1h 25min

by highway bus
From Tokyo (Shinjuku) to Okuhida Onsengou by direct highway bus: 4h 35min (Reservations are necessary)

 

 Inquiries
Okuhida Onsengou Kanko Kyokai
TEL:0578-89-2614
http://www.okuhida.or.jp/

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