From superb views to hot springs and gourmets! Perfectly suit to a greedy trip is Hida-Takayama.

From superb views to hot springs and gourmets! Perfectly suit to a greedy trip is Hida-Takayama.
There are many popular tourist spots gathered in Gifu prefecture, such as the world heritage Shirakawago, Gifu-jo castle, Magome-juku post town, the cormorant fishing at the Nagara gawa river. Recently, SNS makes the new spots gathering attention, such as Monet's pond and Itadori gawa river.
This time, I will introduce to the recommended spots in Hida-Takayama area, an area especially with full of nature and a lot to see, among Gifu prefecture.

The 3,000 m-class-mountain that women and even with kids can readily enjoy is Mt. Norikura!

Norikura Skyline
Mt. Norikura, commonly known as "the Northern Alps", is located in "Chubu-Sangaku National Park", lying across prefectures of Gifu, Nagano, Toyama, and Niigata with its center in Hida mountain ranges. It is a popular mountain because tourists can get close to the beautiful great nature.
Shuttle services are recommended for visiting, because private cars are subject to traffic control throughout a year, for the purpose of protection of natural environment in Mt. Norikura. The shuttle bus runs about 60 minutes to the peak of mountain, Tatamidaira, through the mountain roads of proudly the Japan's highest elevation, Norikura Skyline.
You will enjoy a trip of the superb view bus with the great superb views of the Northern Alps and Mt. Hakusan from the window of bus♪
Norikura Tatamidaira
Tatamidaira, the terminal of bus, is at 2,702 m, and is a bus stop of the highest elevation in Japan. The best charm of Mt. Norikura is that women and even with kids can readily enjoy because people can easily come to this hight by bus.
Norikura Tatamidaira
▲As if in Switzerland, the vast superb views spread in Tatamidaira.
  • Norikura,Tatamidaira
  • Norikura,Tatamidaira
From a leisurely walk to a full-scale hiking, what you can enjoy widely is also the one of the charms of Mt. Norikura. For beginners, the recommended route is "Alpine Flower Garden route", from which you can look around the garden, commonly known as "Flower Garden in the sky", where the alpine flowers bloom all over. A walking trail stretches as if surrounding the flower garden, and you can look around one lap in about 30 minutes.
Norikura,Tatamidaira
  • Norikura,Tatamidaira,anemone narcissiflora
  • Norikura,Tatamidaira,anemone narcissiflora
▲(L) The "anemone narcissiflora" blooms in the flower garden in the sky./(R) If lucky, sometimes you can see a grouse that is the special natural treasure protected species very closely!
The best season of the flower garden is from late July through early August, and you can see alpine flowers of almost about 60 species, such as an anemone narcissiflora.
Also, a grouse that is designated as the national natural treasure protected species lives there, and if lucky, you may see a grouse that observes people restlessly, approaching to human!
  • Norikura,Tatamidaira,
  • Norikura,Tatamidaira,
Not just a superb view, but also don't forget to taste speciality gourmet of Mt. Norikura♪
"Bicycle set menu meal" (980 Yen), which you can eat at Ginreiso Inn, located in Tatamidaira, is a popular menu of satisfactory volume. You can choose one Hida-beef dish from either a toban-yaki (grill on a earthenware utensil) or a hamburg stake as your main course, and it is said that there are many guests coming for the purpose of this set meal.
Norikura,Tatamidaira,dawn
The sunrise and the sea of cloud, being viewed from Mt. Norikura in dawn, are also mystic superb views that you should view at least once if you are a fun of superb view.
As the dedicated bus service is also operated to view the sunrise and the sea of cloud from Mt. Norikura from middle of July through middle of September, it is also recommended!
《Mt. Norikura》
【Address】Iwaitani, Nyuukawa-cho, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Access】Take Nohi bus "Hirayu-Shinhotaka line" from JR Takayama station (about 45 minutes), get off at "Hounoki-Daira bus terminal", and transfer to the shuttle bus service (Norikura Skyline), and reach to "Tatamidaira bus terminal" for about 60 minutes.
※Please refer to the official website of Norikura Skyline for the details of shuttle bus services bound for Tatamidaira.

《Norikura Skyline》
【Website】https://norikuradake.jp/en.html

The forest of Goshikigahara plain at the foot of Mt Norikura

Goshikigahara,Nunobiki no taki waterfall
▲Nunobiki no taki waterfall
About 40 minutes ride from Takayama city by car, the forest of Goshikigahara plain at the foot of Mt Norikura is the forest that is as wide as a size of about 600 Tokyo domes (about 2,800 hectar), where the untouched nature expands.
For the purpose of environmental protection, the entry to the mountain is controlled, so when tourists visit, it is necessary to make a reservation for the guided tour at the tourist center, and then to enter to the mountain.
Goshikigahara,Yokote daki waterfall
The tourist center operates various guided tours that visitors can fully enjoy the vast nature of Goshikigahara plain, and tour guides who know the forest thoroughly will introduce to waterfalls and ponds in the forest, so even women and elders will comfortably enjoy the nature walk.
Goshikigahara,Yokote daki waterfall
There are not only many mountain streams, waterfalls, and ponds in the forest, also various wild animals, birds and insects live in, so you can see various expression by four seasons.
The forest of Goshikigahara plain is said that it is the most hidden land among others. The popular photo spot is for the one who likes to keep superb views of the great nature as photos, as a commemoration of your visit to the forest. Let us take the best memorial shot with a background of a photogenic waterfall on the suspension bridge in front of Yokote daki waterfall!
《The forest of Goshikigahara plain at the foot of Mt. Norikura》
【Address】Kute 471-3, Nyuukawa-cho, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Operation period of tours】From May 20 until October 31 (Closed for winter period from November through middle of May)
* Schedule may be changed due to snowfall, etc.
*Please refer to the official website for details of the guided tours.
【Website】https://goshiki2004.com/
【Access】Take Nohi bus "Hirayu-Shinhotaka line" from JR Takayama station (about 45 minutes), get off at "Goshikigahara Nyuuzan guchi", and walk for 1 minute.

Experience 360 degree panoramic superb views on the Shinhotaka ropeway with a two star Michelin rating!

Shinhotaka ropeway
Shinhotaka ropeway, where you can take two-story gondola only here in Japan, located in Shinhotaka onsen of Okuhida hot spring village, is a popular tourist spot, visiting more than 340 thousand tourists in a year.
  • Shinhotaka Onsen station
  • Shirakaba Daira station
▲(L) No 1 Ropeway "Shinhotaka Onsen station"/(R) No. 2 ropeway "Shirakaba Daira station"
There are two ropeways operating; No.1 ropeway is from "Shinhotaka Onsen station" to "Nabedaira Kougen station", and No.2 ropeway is connecting from "Shirakaba Daira station", which is a short walk from "Nabedaira Kougen station", to "Nishihotakaguchi station".(A section that operates the one and only in Japan two story gondola is No.2 ropeway.)
From the observation deck on a rooftop of "Nishihotakaguchi station", you can experience the great panoramic superb view of the Northern Alps.
You should view it at least once if you are a fun of superb views, and that received a two star rating in "Michelin the Green Guide Japan".
Shinhotaka ropeway,croissant
You may like to rush to the observation deck for the aim of the panoramic superb view, but there is no need to rush! There is actually a local gourmet that I really recommend you to taste before going to the observation deck♪
This local gourmet is the "bakery in Alps" popular for breads hot from the oven, located in Shirakaba Daira station. The No.1 popular menu is croissant (180 yen a piece). Hot from the oven, a savory croissant is just excellent! It is so tasty that you will quite like to eat one more.
Please try tasting it before going to Nishihotakaguchi station.
Nishihotakaguchi station,observation deck
And this photo shows the superb view of the Northern Alps, viewing from the observation deck of Nishihotakaguchi station at 2,156 m of elevation! As you can see here, 360 degree panoramic superb view will expand right in front of your eyes when a bright sunny day without cloud.
Nishihotakaguchi station,observation deck
Please enjoy taking commemorating photos with backgrounds of picturesque and beautiful superb-views that received a two star rating from Michelin until you feel completely satisfied!
Nishihotakaguchi station,observation deck
In the observation deck, there is a "Yamabiko mailbox" that is collectable and deliverable through a year placed on the highest elevation in Japan. Why don't you send someone picture postcards with full of the excitement of this superb view as commemoration from this mail box?
Shinhotaka ropeway,
  • Shinhotaka ropeway
  • Shinhotaka ropeway
At Shinhotaka ropeway, "the observation ride of the starry sky" is operated during limited period (reservation required), for observing the starry sky from the observation deck. As if covering all over the sky, uncountable numbers of stars are glittering, and such superb view of starry sky is just like a natural planetarium!
Getting on "the observation ride of the starry sky", it may be a good idea to experience such charms of the Northern Alps at night.
《Shinhotaka ropeway》
【Address】Shinhotaka, Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Business hours】May change by seasons. Please refer to the official website for details.
【Fare】From Shinhotaka Onsen station to Nishihotakaguchi station: Adult (round trip) 2,900 Yen, Child (round trip) 1,450 Yen.
【Business days】Operate everyday (May stop operation due to bad weather and regular maintenance.)
【Access】Take Nohi bus "Hirayu-Shinhotaka line" from JR Takayama station, and get off at the last stop.
【Website】http://shinhotaka-ropeway.jp.e.uk.hp.transer.com/


《The observation ride of the starry sky》
【Period of operation】Please refer to the official website.
【Fare】From Shirakaba daira station to Nishihotakaguchi station: Junior high school students or above (round trip) 2,800 Yen, elementary students (round trip) 1,400 Yen.
【Website】http://shinhotaka-ropeway.jp/hoshizora/

Packed with superb view open-air baths! Refresh your mind and body at Okuhida Onsengo.

Okuhida Onsengo,Hirayu Onsen
Okuhida Onsengo (hot spring village) is consist of five hot springs, namely Hirayu Onsen, Fukuji Onsen, Shinhirayu Onsen, Tochio Onsen, and Shinhotaka Onsen. It is known that you can enjoy various kinds of open-air baths that are facing mountains, and you can enjoy hot springs perfectly suited to healing fatigues from a trip.
Okuhida Onsengo,Hirayu Onsen
▲"Footbath park" located not far off the Hirayu bus terminal.

|Hirayu Onsen

It is said that Hirayu Onsen has the longest history amongst Okuhida hot spring village. The quality of hot spring has an efficacy not only to gastroenteric and rheumatism, but also to neurosis and skin disease, so it is also applied as a healing hot spring.
As it is located at the foot of Mt. Norikura, the hot spring is just perfectly suited for healing the body tired from hiking!
As "Footbath park" of admission free is located near the bus terminal of Hirayu Onsen, it is recommended readily to experience the footbath while waiting for the bus or having a short break during a stroll.
《Hirayu Onsen》
【Address】Hirayu Onsen, Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Access】Take Nohi bus "Hirayu-Shinhotaka line" from JR Takayama station (about 60 minutes) and get off at "Hirayu bus terminal".
【Website】http://hirayuonsen.or.jp/
Okuhida Onsengo,Tochio Onsen

|Tochio Onsen

Tochio Onsen is located along clear stream Gamata gawa river, and is popular for the rustic hot spring inns. "Koujin no yu", the public open-air bath, located on the riverbed of Gamata gawa river, is a well-known hot spring in Tochio Onsen. In this hot spring, you can fully enjoy mountains of the Northern Alps dyed in sunset in the evening and superb views of starry sky like a planetarium at night.
《Tochio Onsen》
【Address】Tochio, Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Access】Take Nohi bus “Hirayu-Shinhotaka line” from JR Takayama station (about 80 minutes) and get off at “Tochio Onsen”.
【Website】https://www.okuhida.or.jp/en/roten_catalog#tochio
Okuhida Onsengo,Shinhotaka Onsen

|Shinhotaka Onsen

You can enjoy the majestic mountainous landscape at Shinhotaka Onsen, located at the foot of Shinhotaka ropeway. "Shinhotaka no yu", the popular day-use hot spring, is an exhilarating and dynamic public open-air bath, and the clear stream Gamata gawa river flows just nearby its bathtub. This is one and only unisex open-air bath among the other Shinhotaka day-use hot springs.
Though it is a unisex bath, you can take it with a swimwear on, so even women can enjoy bathing at ease, feeling as if bathing in a hot spring swimming pool♪
《Shinhotaka Onsen》
【Address】Shinhotaka Onsen, Okuhida Onsengo, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Access】Take Nohi bus “Hirayu-Shinhotaka line” from JR Takayama station (about 90 minutes) and get off at “Shinhotaka Onsenguchi”.
【Website】https://shinhotaka.com/

Enjoy thoroughly a stroll around town and a Hida beef gourmet in Little Kyoto - Hida Takayama♪

飛驒高山 老街
Hida Takayama, where the good-old Japanese townscape remains, also called as Little Kyoto, is the one of the most popular tourist spots nation wide. An area, lined old houses, around Kamisannomachi, Kamininomachi, and Kamiichinomachi is called as "Sanmachi street", which is a popular street for tourists to enjoy a stroll around town.
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<div class=Along "Sanmachi street" as a center of a castle town expands a sightscape as if being back in time to the Edo period, and there are many spots everywhere around for enjoying photo shooting♪
Hida Takayama,littole kyoto
Feeling like a city girl of the Edo period, let us enjoy a stroll around town and photo shooting to the fullest♪
Hida Takayama,littole kyoto
After strolling the old townscape, let us satisfy an appetite with Nigiri sushi of Hida beef, a popular local gourmet!
There are many other savory local gourmets using Hida beef such as a croquette and a skewer-grilled!
Hida Takayama,littole kyoto
Before enjoying the tasty food, let us take commemorative photos, and share on SNS savory photos with friends♫
Hida Takayama,littole kyoto
After enjoyed fully a stroll and a local gourmet, try experiencing a bit different.
Located in several minutes by walk from "Sanmachi street", a full of elegance, is "Hankyu Dojo (a half range Japanese archery training hall)", where you can enjoy Kyudo (Japanese archery) experience.
It opens only at night. Many local people stop by after drinking, having a fun and a blast, and it looks similar to a darts bar, crowded with people after work.
At the beginning, it is quite difficult to hit the target, but when you hit the target, you will feel exhilarating irresistible! For the one who likes to experience the play ground at night in Hida Takayama, where local people gather, please try challenging!
《Hankyu Dojo (a half range Japanese archery training hall)》
【Address】Asahi cho 11-2, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Fee】300 yen for 10 bows for 1 time
【Business hours】From 7PM to 10PM
【Holidays】No regular holiday
【Access】About 15 minutes walk from JR Takayama station
Hida Takayama,Miyagawa morning market
There is "Miyagawa morning market", which opens from 7 AM till 12 noon every morning throughout a year, in one minute walk from the old townscape and in about 10 minutes walk from JR Takayama station.
It is even said that Miyagawa morning market is the one of the four big morning markets in Japan, and it is loved as a market essential to lives of local people.
Hida Takayama,Miyagawa morning market
In the morning market lined with about forty shops, surprisingly there is even a shop where you can taste a full-scale home-roasted coffee!
Hida Takayama,Miyagawa morning market
A recommendation of "KOMA coffee", where you can taste a full-scale coffee, is "Cafe Macchiato" (600 yen) in a cup made of cookies.
Cafe Macchiato, which you can even eat the cup after you finished drinking, can be tasted only in Miyagawa morning market♪
《Miyagawa morning market》
【Address】Shimosannomachi, Takayama-city, Gifu prefecture
【Business hours】7AM to 12NN (Aprril to November), 8AM to 12NN (December to March)
【Holidays】Open everyday
【Access】10 minutes walk from JR Takayama station

《Home-roasted KOMA coffee》
【Address】Open in the Miyagawa morning market
【Business hours】7:30AM to 11:30AM
【Hokidays】No regular holiday
【Website】https://www.facebook.com/asaichikoma/

Full of charming tourist spots are in Gifu prefecture. When thinking of a trip plan, because there are many wish-to-go spots, it is quite difficult for you to narrow them down, isn't it?
Because all the spots that I introduced this time are where you can fully enjoy superb views and local gourmets, please do make them references for your trip planning!
┃Access to Takayama city, Gifu prefecture

【From Nagoya station】
<By train>
Take JR Takayama main line (Limited express Wide View Hida) from JR Nagoya station and get off at JR Takayama station (about 2 hours and 20 minutes)

<By bus>
Take Expressway bus “Nagoya line” from Meitetsu Bus Center and get off at Takayama Ekimae - Takayama Nohi Bus Center (about 2 hours and 35 minutes)

【From Chubu Centrair International Airport】
<By train>
Take Nagoya Railroad from Chubu Centrair International Airport and get off at Meitetsu Nagoya station (about 40 minutes)
Transfer from Meitetsu Nagoya station to JR Nagoya station by walk
Take JR Takayama main line (Limited express Wide View Hida) from JR Nagoya station and get off at JR Takayama station (about 2 hours and 20 minutes)

<By bus>
Take Nagoya Railroad from Chubu Centrair International Airport and get off at Meitetsu Nagoya station (about 40 minutes)
Take Expressway bus “Nagoya line” from Meitetsu Bus Center and get off at Takayama Ekimae - Takayama Nohi Bus Center (about 2 hours and 35 minutes)

*Please refer to the official website for details of Nohi bus (Expressway bus “Nagoya line”).
《Nohi bus》
【Website】https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/highwaybus/nagoya_en/

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