Okuhida Onsen go
At Okuhida Onsen Village, gaze upon the mountains of the Hida Range including Mt. Yari, Mt. Hotakadake, and Mt. Yake etc.in which make up the roof of Japan, the Northern Alps. As the name suggests, the area is located in the “oku” (heart) of the Hida highlands in northern Gifu Prefecture, and boasts high-quality onsen.
Okuhida Onsen Village offers five different onsen, starting from Hirayu Onsen in the south, up to Fukuji Onsen, Shinhirayu Onsen, Tochio Onsen, and Shinhodaka Onsen. These onsen are found in a line running from the mountainside to the foot of the western side of the Hida Range which runs north to south, and at each of these onsen are onsen lodgings and public baths with their own unique styles.
The phrase “the foothills of the Northern Alps” might conjure up an image of a mountain range, but access to Okuhida Onsen Village is actually very convenient, and these days it has become an onsen village which you can easily visit at your leisure.
Okuhida Onsen go Basic Information
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Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station, then change to the JR Shinonoi Line and travel to Matsumoto Station
From Matsumoto Station, take the express “Nohi Bus” or the “Alpico Kotsu” for approx. one and a half hours to Okuhida Onsen Village
Take the Wideview Hida on the JR Takayama Main Line to Takayama Station
From Takayama Station take the Nohi Bus for approx. one hour to Okuhida Onsen Village
From the Chuo Expressway’s Matsumoto IC, go via National Route 158 for approx. two hours to Okuhida Onsen Village
From the Meishin (Tomei) Expressway Komaki IC, go via National Routes 41 and 158 for approx. four hours to Okuhida Onsen Village
From the Shinjuku Highway Bus Terminal, take the Nohi Bus for approx. four and a half hours to Hirayu Onsen, or for approx. five and a half hours to Hida-Takayama.
- An area of five onsen carved out by nature. Enjoy a range of onsen from secluded open-air hot springs to private baths.
There is also a “Yumeguri” coupon booklet/passport for onsen at lodging facilities, known as “Okuhida Yukemuri Tatsujin”. For just 1200 yen (tax incl.), you can enjoy discounted entry to the bathing areas of participating lodging facilities.