A high-altitude onsen that has been operated for many years. Your fatigue will melt away in the brown cloudy waters of this famous onsen.
Japan’s prominent carbonic springs Yuya Onsen, Shitajima Onsen and, at an altitude of 1800 meters, Nogorigo Onsen, are known collectively as the Hida-Osaka Onsen Village.
Nigorigo Onsen can be found at the seventh station (at an altitude of 1800m) up the side of the active volcano, Mt. Ontake. The onsen is open all year round, even in the snowy winter months, and is one of Japan’s most prominent high-altitude onsen.
On the Nagano Prefecture side, you can climb up around the foothills of Mt. Ontake from the starting point of JR Chuo Main Line’s Kiso-Fukushima Station. On the Gifu Prefecture side, you can climb up towards the east from the starting point of JR Takayama Main Line’s Hida-Osaka Station.
Go up the mountain road and a small onsen town will come into view. This is Nigorigo Onsen. As its name (cloudy river) suggests, its waters are characteristically cloudy with brown-colored minerals. At the onsen’s lodgings, you can try out mountain food according to the season, as well as Hida beef.