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Custom Tours / Trip Idea Onsen Ryokan Experience 3nights/4days

Custom Tours / Trip Idea
Onsen Ryokan Experience 3nights/4days

Suggestions for those who would like to explore the hidden gems of Hida…

This package offers one night stay at authentic Onsen Ryokan in addition to “Most Popular” Plan. Enjoy a relaxing ryokan experience at one of the best hidden onsen resorts in Japan.

Deep within the mountains behind Takayama is the Okuhida Onsen-go. Located just an hour bus ride from Takayama, Okuhida-onsen is a serie of small onsen towns which houses some of the best ryokans in the Hida area. The true beauty of this area lies in the gorgeous settings of its outdoor baths. Enjoy the scenery of the majestic mountains, hear the nearby stream, and breathe in the crisp fresh air while soaking in these outdoor baths full of minerals and nutrients leaving your skin smooth and healthy looking.

Most of the onsen in Okuhida-Onsen-go is “Gensen Kakenagashi” which means it coes directly from the source of the hot springs without any additives, filtering, or treatment and it is only possible when the tub is close to the hot springs source. It is 100% natural and may be considered as the best onsen water we can get.

Walking and hiking trails are available because this area is close to some of the most popular trails in Japan.

It is possible to do a daytrip to a public onsen in Okuhida Onsen. However, we highly recommend staying overnight and experience a night at a ryokan in the area.

 

Itinerary

Note
  • Takayama to Okuhida Bus (One way) 1530-2100 yen (depending on where you get off). We recommend Takayama & Shin-Hotaka Two-Day Open Ticket (4,000 yen)
  • We recommend rental cars due to limited number of buses running in the area.
Day 1

Takayama

Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto → Takayama (See Access Page)

Walk around the town and enjoy the townscape, shops, and sites of Takayama.

(Overnight in Takayama)

Day 2

Hida Satoyama Cycling and Hida Furukawa

Take 10:20 train from Takayama to Hida Furukawa (Arrive 10:36)
Walk around Hida Furukawa, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
(If you decide to spend the morning in Takayama, last train to Hida Furukawa before the Hida Satoyama Cycling afternoon tour is 12:20.)

13:30 Hida Satoyama Cycling Tour (Standard Tour)

17:00 Tour Ends

Take 17:08 or 18:09 train back to Takayama

(Overnight in Takayama)

Day 3

Shirakawa-go Day Trip / Okuhida Onsen

09:50 Take the bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go

10:40 Arrive at Shirakawa-go

13:15 Take the bus back to Takayama

14:30 Arrive at Takayama

Take the bus from Takayama to Okuhida Onsen-go.
(Local line bus departs about every hour between 7:00 and 18:00. See bus time table for details)

Enjoy authentic dinner and relax in the outdoor spa in the mountains.

Various ryokans are available for different budgets.

Some of the best ryokan towns in the area have beautifully renovated modern Japanese style rooms and have private baths available upon request. Excellent local cuisines for dinner and breakfast are included in the accommodation plan.

Day 4

Enjoy a morning bath and hearty Japanese style breakfast and relax until check-out time.

After checkout, if the sun is out and have some time to spare, you may want to take the Shinhotaka Ropeway all the way to the top to view the snowcapped Japanese Alps! See this PDF file for further details.

There are short hiking trails near the ropeway station for those interested in hiking.

You may also want to stop by Hirayu-onsen town within the Okuhida Onsen-go for a nice foot bath and onsen-tamago (eggs cooked in the hot onsen water)
Take the bus back to Takayama OR go on to Matsumoto City (famous for Matsumoto Castle)