HidaRoam through marvelous scenery
Roam through buildings of a World Heritage Site with traditional, slanted roofs; and through old towns streets full of historical culture. Once you've tired yourself out, head to Gero's onsen for a refreshing soak!
- 01Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village (Shirakawa Village)
- 02Old Township (Takayama City)
- 03Seto-gawa and white-walled storehouse district (Hida City)
- 04Gero Onsen (Gero City)
Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village (Shirakawa Village)120min
The gassho-zukuri style of architecture arose in regions where snowfall is heavy. It blends into the natural surroundings to form a scenery that seems to come directly from an old tale. Here you will find a “living World Heritage Site” that is rich in appeal in all four seasons, where nature nurtures village life and where history blends seamlessly into the contemporary world.
Seseragi Parking Lot open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Regular vehicles: 1,000 yen Large vehicles: 3,000 yen
Seseragi Parking Lot located 5 minutes from the Shirakawa-go Interchange Exit.
Old Township (Takayama City)120min
Three streets in the center of the castle town of Takayama which developed as the commercial district are referred to as the “Old Township”. Water flows in pipes under the eaves of the external-latticed buildings, and balls made of Japanese cedar leaves hang as signs in front of sake breweries. The streets are lined with the imposing front entrances of town houses and the noren of old establishments. The streets bustle with tourists visiting traditional crafts shops, souvenir stores and cafés.
Kamisannomachi and surrounding area, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Tourism Section, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Department, Takayama City
Seto-gawa and white-walled storehouse district (Hida City)120min
Nicknamed “the backroom of Takayama”, Hida-Furukawa is another district of Hida known for the old buildings along the streets. The area is perfect for a stroll along the streets lined by the neat, gracious buildings. The 1,000-some carp swimming in the Seto-gawa stream that runs among the white-walled storehouses (shirakabe dozo) and the stone walls of the temples are certain to charm you. This very popular area is what has given Hida-Furukawa its name as a castle town rich in emotions.
Ichinomachi, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture
Hida Tourism Association
* The carp are moved to a nearby pond from late November to early April to pass the winter.
Gero Onsen (Gero City)
Gero Onsen are known as one of the “Three Most Famous onsen of Japan”, along with Kusatsu in Gunma Prefecture and Arima in Hyogo Prefecture. The simple alkaline spring water softens keratin and leaves the skin feeling silky, hence the nickname “the onsen for Beauties”.
Yunoshima, Gero City, Gifu Prefecture, and others
Gero City Tourist Information Center
It takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes from Gero Station to Nagoya Station on the limited express train.
It takes around 35 minutes from the Historic Villages of Gokayama (in Suganuma) to the Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go on the World Heritage Bus.