"Gero Onsen", being recognized as one of the three best hot springs in Japan, is a hot spring area located in Gero City, Gifu Prefecture. Accommodation facilities are densely packed along the Hida River from Gero Station, and its history is as long as about 1000 years. There are open-air baths, mixed baths and even footbaths, and there are many tourists.
Recommended Spots for Gero Onsen Travel
This will be an introduction to several charming spots in the historic Gero Onsen
Gero Onsen Gassho Village
“Gassho Village” is a village that rebuilt 10 gassho-style houses from places like Shirakawa-go, and reproduced the scenery from old times. Within them there is a folklore museum, restaurants, facilities for experiencing drawing pictures on Japanese paper and pottery, and ceramic art. It is a place you want to visit if you want to see Japan’s unspoilt landscape.
- Spot name: Gero Onsen Gassho Village
- Street address: 2369 Mori Gero, Gifu
- Access: Get off at Gero Station, from Nohi Bus Center get on a bus bound for “Gassho Village, Gero Exchange Hall” approx. 6-minute ride, and get off at “Gassho Village”
Gero Onsen-ji Temple
Gero Onsen-ji Temple is located at the top of 173-step stone stairs. Because it is located on a high hill, you can overlook Gero Onsen Town, and you can enjoy a view that is unique to Japan. Autumn leaves are lit up in the fall, and many people visit. Footbath "Momiji footbath" is in the temple and anyone can enter for free.
- Spot name: Gero Onsen-ji Temple
- Street address: 680 Yunoshima Gero, Gifu
- Access: Get off at Gero Station, 15-minute walk
Recommended Hotels / Ryokan of Gero Onsen
Gero Onsen Ryokan Fugaku
One of the famous hot spring ryokan in Gero Onsen is "Fugaku". In addition to the two open-air baths, there is also a large communal bath and a chartered bath. There are Japanese and Western-style rooms, and you can have the famous Hida beef in Gifu Prefecture.
- Spot name: Fugaku
- Street address: 898 Yunoshima Gero, Gifu
- Access: 10-minute walk from JR Gero Station
The Yunoshimakan, a registered tangible cultural property, is a spot where you can feel the history of Japan just by standing in front of the wooden building. You will be satisfied the appearance inside and out, and with the room, the hot spring and the food as well. In addition, the Yunoshimakan hot spring flows from the the bath to the showers. It is a ryokan full of the charm of Gero Onsen.
- Spot name: Yunoshimakan
- Street address: 645 Yunoshima Gero, Gifu
- Access: Ryokan direct shuttle bus from JR Gero Station
Accessibility from Takayama to Gero Onsen
To get from JR Takayama Station to Gero Onsen, take JR Takayama Main Line train bound for Gifu, and arrive at Gero Station in about 50 minutes. It is about 5-10 minutes on foot from Gero Station to the hot spring town. From Takayama, you can get on a bus at Takayama Nohi Bus Center bound for Gero Bus Center and arrive in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.