Okuhida-Onsengo ＞ Events
The cherry trees of Okuhida-Onsengo begin to blossom around the end of April each year. This is about 1 month later than in the flatlands. The cherry blossoms of Tochio-Onsen Horadani are especially beautiful. During the period of the cherry blossom festival, the paths lined with cherry trees and the public open-air spa "Kojin-no-yu" are lit up with paper lanterns in celebration of the late-coming spring of Okuhida-Onsengo.
On the Hida side of the Northern Japan Alps, which lie within the Chubu Sangaku National Park, there is a mountain opening festival called "Banryu-sai (Banryu festival)" .
This Banryu-sai festival is an annual event held to mark the arrival of spring in this snowy region.
The purpose is to commemorate the great work of the holy monk Banryu, who opened up Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. Kasagatake by erecting Buddhist monuments on their peaks.
It is also signifies the hope for safety in the Northern Japan Alps.
This is a festival held in thanks of the bounty of hot springs in the Hirayu-Onsen area.
Prayer sticks with people’s wishes written on them are burned on the grounds of the Hirayu shrine and water brought from each of the hot springs is boiled in a giant pot.
The priest sprinkles the hot water over the crowd of pilgrims and prays for their good health and prosperity in business.
Himuro Soba Festival will be held this year as well. Soba (buckwheat) harvested in the Shin-hirayu Onsen area of Okuhida-Onsengo is left to mature for 3 months in an icehouse for Shin-hirayu’s famous “Taruma Water” during the winter.Treat yourself to some truly Japanese soba noodles.