Okuhida-Onsengo ＞ Open-air bath and Foot bath
According to legend, when the warlord Takeda Shingen invaded Hida he observed an old monkey healing its wounds in a pool of hot spring water.
It is said that this was how the famous Hirayu Onsen hot spring was discovered.
In the Edo period the Daimyo (nobility) of Hokuriku would use the hot spring as a resting place during their long journey for the Sankin-kotai attendance at the Edo Castle.
From that time to this day, the warm waters have continued to flow in the many baths of the Hirayu Onsen hot spring area.
Nestled at the foot of Mt. Norikuradake, the Hirayu Onsen hot spring area is a charming place with a refined atmosphere.
"Hirayu Minzokukan (Folk Museum)" is a hidden sightseeing spot in the Hirayu-onsen area.
You can visit and rest inside the Gassho-zukuri(*1) building free of charge.
Hirayu-no-yu" next to "Hirayu Minzokukan" is a day trip bathing facility that anyone can use for a small amount of money.
This is popular as a "Sotoyu"(*2) of Hirayu Onsen, and is characterized by its brownish-brown water.
After taking a bath, please spend it slowly on the tatami mat in the building of Gassho-zukuri.
*1 "Gasshozukuri" is a Japanese residential architecture style characterized by a steeply sloping roof.
*2 "Sotoyu" is a public bathing facility without accommodation.
This is an open-air bath resort facility in the Hirayu Onsen hot spring area, the most historical part of Okuhida-Onsengo. With 16 open-air baths scattered throughout the 49,600 m2 virgin forest of Oku-Hida, this is a truly magnificent place. Here you can enjoy a free and open feeling bathing naked. The facility also includes the restaurant “Momi-no-Ki”, where you can enjoy Hida beef cuisine and noodle dishes. Just a 3-minute walk from the Hirayu bus terminal.
In 1931, the local villages built a shrine dedicated to Fudo-Myo-Oh (the fearsome Wisdom King Acala, shrine) in the Hirayu-Onsen hot spring area.
Close by this shrine is the birthplace of the Hirayu-Onsen hot springs, “Kami-no-Yu” (Divine Hot Spring).
This is a public open-air bath where you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of Okuhida.
Just a 5-minute drive from the Hirayu bus terminal.
The facility is closed during the winter season (from snowfall in November to mid-April).
Currently, "Kami-no-Yu" is closed for repair.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, please understand.
I will let you know as soon as the schedule of resuming is decided.
In addition, an another public spa facility "Hirayu-no-Yu (in "Hirayu-Minzoku-kan")" is open in the Hirayu-Onsen area.
Please come and enjoy spa by all means.
Fukuji Onsen is a charming hot spring in a rustic mountain village connected to the legend of the fugitive Heike warriors.
This very old spring is also known as “Tennosen” (The Emperor’s Spring), as the Emperor Murakami of the Heian period would secretly visit the hot spring to recuperate.
“Mukashibanashi-no-Sato ” (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).
Shin-Hirayu Onsen is a lively hot spring village that combines history and legend with fresh new charms.
Shin-Hirayu Onsen has an abundance of hot spring water and a wide variety of accommodations, including rustic guest houses, modern hotels, and tranquil Japanese style inns.
This hot spring area has a highland resort atmosphere and also a rich history.
In 1690 the Buddhist monk Enku spent a year in the Zentsu-ji temple of this area, and numerous rustic Enku statues can still be found around the area to this day.
If you follow the Takahara River from Kamioka-cho toward Okuhida-Onsengo, the first hot spring you will come to is Tochio Onsen.
The place is said to derive its name from the many tochi (Japanese horse-chestnut) trees that grew there long ago.
There are many simple, folksy inns that serve popular home-style cooking using mountain vegetables and fresh river fish.
The area immediately around Tochio Onsen is also popular for mountain stream fishing.
This is a rustic hot spring area where you can enjoy the rich beauty of nature.
This is a public open-air bath located on a river beach of the Gamata River. To use the facility, just place a small donation (around 200 yen) into the collection box at the entrance. Signs written on large boulders indicate the changing rooms and open-air baths. Surrounded by the grand mountains, you can really feel the splendor of nature.
The Shinhotaka Onsen hot springs cover a wide area in the highlands of the Northern Japan Alps.
This is an open-air bath paradise, where an abundance of hot spring water gushes up from the river bed.
The various hotels and pension lodgings within the white birch forest create the atmosphere of a luxury resort area.
Shin-Hotaka is also the starting point of the trail to Mt. Yarigatake and Mt. hotakadake of the Northern Alps, the setting for the novel “Hyoheki” by the famous author Inoue Yasushi.
Enjoy an open-air bath on the bank of Gamata River
Closed from wintertime to springtime (October 31 to late April).
The opening period of 2019 is from 12:00 on April 23 (Tue) until October 30 (Wed).
Adjacent to the Shinhotaka Ropeway No. 1 Station, these facilities combine day-trip spa and dining venues.
The bathrooms have natural spring water.
The restaurant within the facilities has a wide menu including items such as Hida beef hoba steak and ramen noodles.
This is a mountain and nature themed exhibition hall by the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway No. 2 Station. The visitor center hosts guided walks, 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.
This is a facility within the Shinhotaka Onsen hot spring area where you can enjoy a spa day trip and dining. There is a model train diorama on display within the building, which is sure to delight train enthusiasts and all visitors. The facility has a broad open-air bath and also offers a wide menu of dishes such as Hida beef cuisine and various set meals.
Going around foot baths.
Foot bath heals fatigue after walking.
Many foot bath in the area are available.
You can snack on takeout foods such as Hida beef skewers and soft serve ice cream while you enjoy a relaxing foot bath.
You can use the foot bath while you wait for your bus.
A 3-minute walk from the bus terminal.
This sheltered foot bath is an ideal place to relax
while you wait for a bus or take a rest from your walking.
This foot bath is located under the “Mori-no-todai” (Forest Lighthouse), a landmark of the Hirayu forest.
You can make use of it at any time (other than when it is being cleaned).
Rest your feet here after you have done your sightseeing.
This facility is exclusively for visitors staying in the Fukuji Onsen hot spring area overnight. This indoor foot-bathing facility is built from a traditional old Japanese house that was relocated to the area. It includes resting spaces with huge wooden beams and sunken hearths.
A quaint foot bath located in a roadside park.
With a convenient parking space, this is an ideal place to take a short rest on your journey.
The shelter allows you to enjoy the foot bath even in the rain or snow.
On summer nights you can enjoy the magical sight of fireflies while soaking your feet in the warm water. (No lights on at night.)
This foot bath is located alongside the Shirakaba-daira Station, between the Shinhotaka Ropeway No. 1 and No. 2 lines.
You can bathe your feet while enjoying the natural environment of the Nabedaira-Kogen highlands.
This is an outdoor foot-bathing spot surrounded by the Northern Japan Alps.
On a clear day you can enjoy a full view of Mt. Yakedake, Mt. Shakujodake, Mt. Kasagatake and the other mountains of the Northern Japan Alps that make Oku-Hida so beautiful.
Here you can enjoy the changing scenery of each season. The cherry blossoms and the lingering snow on the Northern Japan Alps during the Golden-Week holiday period, in particular, is a sight you should see at least once.