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Sightseeing facilities

Hirayu spa

Nagase Suppon Yoshokujo

Connected to the Hirayu Onsen hot spring, this is a turtle farm cultivating around 40,000 soft-shell turtles.
Here, you can learn about the ecology of soft-shell turtles.
It also raises other types of turtles and tropical fish, which you can see free of charge.

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Hida, Northern-Alps Nature Cultural Center

This museum has displays explaining how the geological features of the Hida Mountains were formed, and dioramas of the plants and animals of the Hida region.
It provides an easy explanation of the relationship between the natural environment and the people of Okuhida.
(Closed until March 2019)

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Hirayu Minzokukan / Hirayu-no-yu

This museum of folk heritage is a thatched wooden building modified from a traditional irimoya (hip-and-gable) style Japanese house.
On the 1st floor there are various rooms with garments made of hemp and other textiles. On the 2nd floor there are displays of folk crafts, farming tools and other traditional items that indicate the lifestyles of the people of the Hida region and how they lived through the harsh cold of winter.
The place combines day-trip spa and dining facilities.

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Hirayu Otaki Park (Hirayu falls)

This famous spot of the Hirayu-Onsen hot spring area has one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls.
This magnificent waterfall measures 64 m in height and 6 m in width.
You can enjoy the natural beauty of each season, and in winter you can also enjoy a magical nighttime illumination of the frozen scenery.

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Hirayu Onsen Ski Resort

Enjoy good powder snow at the only ski facility of Okuhida Onsengo.
The “Family Gelaende” ski slope is ideal for families and beginners. The area has a wide layout with well-kept compacted snow.
The “Kamoshika Gelaende”, which has a steep slope of as much as 40 degrees at one point, is ideal for skiers of intermediary skill.
The “Giant Course”, with an average slope of 26 degrees and a maximum of 38 degrees, is a course for advanced skiers. With a total length of 1.5 km, this course lets you enjoy a real challenge.

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Fukuji spa

Mukashibanashi-no-sato, Goheimochi-mura, Isurugi-no-yu, Fukuji Kaseki-kan (Fossil Museum)

“Mukashibanashi-no-Sato Goheimura” (Folk Tale Village) is a re-creation of a traditional mountain village of old Japanese houses, complete with sunken hearths.
The facility has a public bathing space known as “Isurugi-no-Yu” with separate bathing for men and women and both indoor and open-air spa.
Guests can enjoy a meal while sitting around the fireplace.
The attached Fukuji Fossil Museum exhibits numerous fossils that have been found in the Fukuji area (free entry).

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Fukuji-Onsen Asaichi (Morning Market)

This is a popular morning market with an array of seasonal ingredients harvested from the base of the Northern Japan Alps and other local specialty products.
The market sells mountain vegetables such as angelica-tree shoots and kogomi fern sprouts in spring, freshly harvested vegetables in summer, wild mushrooms and fruits in autumn, and items such as preserved daikon radish in winter.
The market also has an array of other delicious foodstuffs such as hoba miso (miso paste served and grilled on a magnolia leaf, a standard breakfast fare), Okuhida’s special Hida-sansho seasoning and tomato juice.

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Shinhirayu spa

Okuhida Bear’s Park

The Okuhida Bear’s Park is located just a few minutes drive from Hirayu-Onsen hot spring.
The park has more than 100 bears who, not hibernating through the winter, are ready to charm visitors all year round.
You can see Japanese bears, brown bears and other types of bears up close.
You can enjoy observing the unique behaviors of the different types of bears.
The park also has a gift shop with a wide array of products.

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Okuhida Training Center Pool

This is a 25 m, seven-lane heated swimming pool that uses the heat from the hot spring.
There is also a children’s pool, so the facility can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
You can also make use of the various gym equipment available in the facility’s training room, or enjoy a game of table tennis or types of recreation.

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Okuhida Murakami Sogo Ground

This is a multipurpose sports ground in the Shin-Hirayu Onsen hot spring area.
The ground can be used for baseball, ground golf or various other activities.

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Okuhida Sogo Bunka Center

This is a multipurpose hall that can be used for special event exhibitions, etc.
As well as an auditorium that can seat up to 318 people, the hall also has a meeting room and a cooking classroom.
These facilities can be used for various purposes.

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Tochio spa

Frusic

FRUSIC cultivates tropical fruits with excellent nutritional quality.
“Fruit cultivated with music, that you can eat while listening to your favorite music.”
It was with this idea in mind that this facility was named FRUSIC (fruits + music).
In a hot spring bathhouse with an abundance of hot spring water, you can enjoy carefully cultivated fresh fruits.

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Okuhida Farm (Okuhida Banana)

In the snow country of Okuhida-Onsengo, at an elevation of 800 m, this is the first facility in Japan to cultivate and sell banana plants using steam from the hot springs.
Hardy, cold-resistant varieties of banana plant are available, and if you buy one you can create a tropical mood in your own home.
With a reservation you can take a tour through the facilities free of charge.

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Shinhotaka spa

Shinhotaka Ropeway

This is the only aerial lift in Japan with double-decker cabins.
At an elevation of 2,200 m, the ropeway will take you on a journey above the clouds.
When you ride on the ropeway, you can see the impressive sight of the various peaks, such as Mt. Kasagatake, Mt. Yarigatake, Mt. Nishihotakadake, and Mt. Yakedake.
Enjoy the splendid scenery of the Northern Japan Alps that changes with the seasons.
You can also visit various restaurants and galleries.

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Shin-Hotaka Visitor Center “Sangaku-kan” (in Shin-Hotaka Ropeway)

This is a mountain and nature themed exhibition hall by the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway No. 2 Station.
The visitor center hosts guided walks, mushroom gathering, snow-shoe tours, and other events.
Tourist information on surrounding areas is also provided.
You can bathe in the natural hot spring open-air spa "Kamitakara-no-Yu".
Snow shoe rental is available.

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Kita-Alps Ohashi Bridge

This is a long bridge located in the Nabedaira-Kogen highlands, between the Nakao-Kogen Highlands and the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway No. 2 Station in the Shin-Hotaka Onsen region.
150 m long and 70 m high, the bridge provides a stunning view and is a popular spot along the driving route.
Around mid-October the area all around is transformed with the brilliant colors of the autumn leaves, making this a very popular photo spot.

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Kamitakara highland

Kamitakara Furusato History Museum and Sports Facilities

There are some 500 items of folk heritage on display, such as items related to the famous monks Enku and Banryu, who had a deep affinity with this region, historical materials related to the revolt against the Ohara clan, and earthenware and stoneware connected to the lifestyles of the people of those times.
In the film study room you can watch a historical film titled "Tsubomishi-hana".
This museum passes on the history and traditional culture of Kamitakara for posterity.
The museum is connected with a multipurpose sports ground and indoor sports stadium for baseball, track events, and other activities.

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Sugoroku Keikoku Valley

This is a valley formed by the Sugoroku River that flows from Mt. Sugorokudake of the Northern Japan Alps.
The beautiful emerald green water of the Sugoroku River is so clear that you can see right down to the riverbed.
In summer it becomes a lively spot as families bring their children to play in the river, and in autumn the whole of Sugoroku Valley is covered in the brilliant colors of the autumn leaves.

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The other area

Norikura Skyline ( May.15 to Oct.31 )

The Norikura Skyline is a fully paved mountain roadway measuring 6.5 m in width and covering a total distance of 14.4 km from the Hirayutoge Pass (elevation: 1,684 m) to Mt. Norikuradake Tatamidaira (elevation: 2,702 m).

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Okuhida Dai-Shonyudo (at Nyukawa-cho)

Great Limestone Cave in Nyukawa-cho.
A sight-seeing spot along the way to the Takayama city district from Okuhida-Onsengo.
The establishment includes the Ohashi Collection Kan Museum.

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Rail Mountain Bike “Gattan! Go!” (Kamioka-cho,Hida-city)

An innovative ride that combines mountain bikes with a decommissioned railway for a fun new sensation.

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Kamikochi

Kamikochi is one of Japan’s most prominent scenic mountain locations.
It is located about 30 minutes by bus or taxi from Hirayu Onsen hot spring, the gateway to Okuhida-Onsengo.
Every year, when the mountain opens in the spring season, the place becomes lively with many tourists.
Come and enjoy the uniquely Japanese mountain scenery such as the Kappa-Bashi Bridge, the Taishoike Pond and the Myojin Ike pond.

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Campground

Hirayu Campground

This is a campground surrounded by the natural environment of Okuhida.
The campground has a wide non-designated camping area for tents where you can enjoy a real outdoor experience.

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Okuhida-Onsengo Auto Camping Site

This is an auto-campingsite located on the side of Takahara River.
The campground includes natural hot spring open-air baths and is well-equipped with facilities such as showers and a coin-operated laundry.
You can also enjoy fishing in the campsite’s fish ponds.

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Gassho-no-Mori Nakao Campgroud (in Shin-Hotaka-Onsen Area)

This is a campground located in the Nakao-Kogen Highlands at an elevation of 1200 m.
Cool even in the summer time, this is a very refreshing environment.
Enjoy a relaxing retreat from the summer heat amid the beauty of nature.

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