The best Onsen in Gifu 2024

Gifu Prefecture is located in the central region of Japan and is a region with rich nature and a deep history.

In the Hida area in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture, there are mountains with an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, and beautiful clear streams and Onsens are popular with tourists.

Shirakawa Village, located slightly in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture, is known as one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan, and you can visit Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage Site.

In the southern part of Gifu Prefecture, the Nagara River, which has been selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan, flows, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

In addition, Gifu Prefecture has a large difference in altitude, and the temperature is affected by the region, so it is possible to observe various animals and plants. Especially in winter, many tourists from Japan and abroad come to see skiing, snowboarding, and the magnificent snowy scenery of the Hida Mountains.

The reason why many tourists visit Gifu Prefecture is not only because of its beautiful nature. Gifu Prefecture has many historic Onsen resorts and is highly regarded by tourists.

Among them, "Gero Onsen" is famous as one of the three major Onsens in Japan and is popular with tourists. In some areas, you can also see traditional Japan architecture, and one of the pleasures is to take a walk around the Onsen resort.

While admiring the historic architecture and rich nature, you can heal the fatigue of your trip by soaking in the Onsens.

Gifu Prefecture's history, culture, and Onsens will be a memorable experience for visitors.

Get to know Gifu


Gifu Prefecture is close to the center of Japan, and access to both the Kanto and Kansai regions is good.

If you take the Shinkansen, you can easily go there in about 2 hours from Tokyo and about 1 hour from Osaka.

There are many other ways to get to Gifu Prefecture, such as cars and highway buses.

The nearest airport is Chubu Centrair International Airport, and it is possible to reach Gifu Prefecture in about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car via the Chita Peninsula Road, or about 1 hour and 30 minutes by public transportation.

In addition, it can be said that access is good when moving from Gifu Prefecture to another place.

From Tokyo

< Shinkansen and train >
Tokyo Station (Tokaido / Sanyo Shinkansen) → Nagoya Station → Gifu Station (about 2 hours 10 minutes)

< Airplanes and Trains>
Tokyo Station→ Haneda Airport→ Chubu Chubu International Airport→ Chubu Centrair International Airport Station→ Meitetsu Gifu Station→ Gifu Station (about 2 hours 50 minutes)

From Nagoya

< train >
Nagoya Station (Tokaido Main Line) → Gifu Station (about 20 minutes)

< Bus >
Nagoya Station→ Meitetsu Bus Center→ Akadozaka→ Gifu Station North Exit (about 2 hours 10 minutes)

From Osaka

< Shinkansen and train >
Shin-Osaka Station (Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen) →Nagoya Station→ Gifu Station (about 1 hour 20 minutes)

<Bus and train >
Osaka Station→ JR Highway Bus Terminal→ Nagoya Station, Taiko-dori Exit→ Nagoya Station (Tokaido Main Line), → Gifu Station (about 3 hours 40 minutes)


The history of Gifu Prefecture, located in the center of Japan, has been a historical stage for many years up to the present day.

The name Gifu is given by the warlord "Oda Nobunaga", who made a name for himself during the Sengoku period. In particular, the famous battle "Battle of Sekigahara" in Japan history occurred in Gifu Prefecture, and it can be said that it is an area where a lot of history remains. The quaint cityscape that remains to this day is very attractive because you can feel its historical value.

Gifu Prefecture has a lot of history, but it has also had a thriving Onsen culture since ancient times.

There are many Onsen resorts in Gifu Prefecture, but Gero Onsen in particular is loved by many people as one of the three most famous Onsens in Japan. Gifu's Onsens, where you can relax while enjoying the nature of the four seasons, are truly a treasure that symbolizes the land.

Onsen areas

Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen is located in Gero City, Gifu Prefecture and is known as one of the three most famous Onsens in Japan. Gero City, where Gero Onsen is located, is close to the center of Gifu Prefecture and is visited by many tourists because of its easy access.

The history of Gero Onsen is very old, and it has been known to people as a Onsen resort for more than 1000 years. There are more than 30 inns and hotels in the Gero Onsen area, so you will never get tired of visiting the Onsens no matter how many times you visit.

The quality of Gero Onsen is an alkaline simple spring, and the source is a natural Onsen that springs at a high temperature of 84°C. The hot water is colorless and transparent, and it is called "the Onsen of beauty" because it feels silky after bathing.

In addition to the skin-beautifying effect, it also has various benefits such as neuralgia and joint pain, which is one of the main reasons why tourists who visit Onsens are fascinated.

There are a variety of facilities in the Onsen area, and you can enjoy the Onsens flowing from the source. We also recommend a foot bath where you can easily enjoy the Onsens while strolling around the Onsen area.

At the Onsen resort, you can buy something called a "Onsen bill". If you use the Onsen tour bill, you can bathe in the three Onsens from the member inns, as well as as a souvenir or souvenir of your trip, and experience the various charms of Gero Onsen.

The charm of Gero Onsen is not only the history and quality of the springs.

The area around Gero Onsen is surrounded by abundant nature, especially in the autumn season, when the autumn leaves are beautiful, and you can enjoy the spectacular view while relaxing in the Onsens. In addition, the townscape of Gero Onsen has a unique atmosphere of T Onsen resort, and you can feel its history.

In this way, Gero Onsen is an attractive Onsen resort with a good location and a variety of facilities, and you can enjoy its deep history and superb scenery.

Hida Takayama Onsen

Hida Takayama Onsen is a Onsen resort located in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture.

Although the Onsen resort is surrounded by mountains such as the Northern Alps, it is easily accessible and is visited by many tourists from Japan and abroad throughout the year.

The quality of the springs at Hida Takayama Onsen varies, and there is a wide range of Onsens, including weakly alkaline simple springs, chloride Onsens, and bicarbonate Onsens. The skin-friendly quality of the spring is loved by many people, and it has various other effects such as neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, motor paralysis, chronic digestive diseases, sensitivity to cold, frozen shoulder, etc.

There are more than 30 Onsens in the Hida Takayama Onsen Area where you can enjoy the quality of these abundant benefits, and they heal visitors.

There are also many sightseeing spots to see around Hida Takayama Onsen. Famous sightseeing spots are the "Great Ginkgo of Hida Kokubunji Temple", which is said to be more than 1250 years old, and the "Takayama Jinya", where buildings from the Edo period remain.

In addition to sightseeing spots, Hida Takayama Onsen Resort also has the Takayama Festival, which is said to have originated in the late 16th and 17th centuries. The Takayama Festival is also a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and features beautifully decorated food stalls and spectacular views. In addition, as many as 100 lanterns are lit in each stall during the night festival, and you can enjoy the fantastic sight.

In addition, the townscape of Hida Takayama Onsen still retains the remnants of its prosperous castle town, and once you step inside, you can enjoy the tasteful scenery that cannot be experienced in modern Japan.

In this way, Hida Takayama Onsen Resort has the charm of being able to experience a wealth of culture and tradition along with Onsens.

Hirayu Onsen (Okuhida Onsen Town)

Hirayu Onsen is located in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture and is surrounded by mountains and is one of the oldest and oldest Onsens in the area of Okuhida.

Although Hirayu Onsen is located deep in the mountains, it is easily accessible from the Kanto area and is visited by many tourists. Hirayu Onsen is known as one of the Okuhida Onsen Towns, but there are also "Fukuchi Onsen", "Shin-Hirayu Onsen", "Tochio Onsen", and "Shinhotaka Onsen" in Okuhida Onsen Town.

There are about 40 wells and springs on the grounds of Hirayu Onsen, and an abundance of hot water gushing out at 8,600 liters per minute. This Onsen, which reaches a maximum temperature of 90°C, has a variety of spring qualities and is characterized by the presence of sodium, calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate springs.

It has a wide range of effects such as diabetes, gout, rheumatism, back pain, joint pain, muscle pain, sensitivity to cold, and skin diseases. The quality of the spring, which has been loved since the end of the Edo period, can be said to be unique even in modern times.

There are many tourist attractions in the vicinity, such as Shirakawa-go, which was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995, and Hirayu Otaki, which was selected as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan that shows the beauty of the four seasons. In addition, unique sightseeing is also possible, such as an experience where you can interact with bears at the Okuhida Bear Farm.

Hirayu Onsen has plenty of accommodation, and you can enjoy Japan's traditional Onsen culture at more than 20 facilities. Sightseeing in Hirao Onsen will be a good vacation to be refreshed by the beautiful nature and warmth of the Onsens of Okuhida Onsen Town.

Nagaragawa Onsen

Nagaragawa Onsen is located in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture, and is easily accessible from all over the world, and is visited by many people throughout the year.

In front of you flows the Nagara River, a first-class river selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan, and has been known as a beautiful clear stream since ancient times. In addition, the Nagara River is famous for its 1,300-year-old cormorant fishery, which has long been popular as a traditional fishing using domesticated cormorants. In the surrounding area, you can enjoy fresh Ayu cuisine from the Nagara River.

There are inns lined up along the Nagara River, and the biggest attraction is that you can enjoy the Onsens to your heart's content.

The quality of the spring at Nagaragawa Onsen is simple iron cold mineral spring, which is rich in iron. The source of the water is colorless and transparent, but the water gradually becomes red and turbid when it reacts with oxygen in the atmosphere. The beautiful red and cloudy Onsens are so popular with tourists that they have been selected as one of the "100 best Onsens in Japan".

The effects of Onsens are wide-ranging, such as neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, motor paralysis, chronic digestive diseases, and sensitivity to cold.

It is also attractive that there are many sightseeing spots around Nagaragawa Onsen. First of all, Mt. Kinka rises on the banks of the Nagara River, and at the top is the "Gifu Castle Tower". Gifu Castle is said to have been used by the famous general Oda Nobunaga as a base for the unification of the world, and is a very popular tourist spot.

The north side of the Nagara River is known as the Ukai Village I mentioned earlier, and there are many alleys to the river that are suitable for walking. On the other hand, the south side of the Nagara River is known as a paper and lumber town, and even today, the old-fashioned townscape of wholesalers remains, and you can go sightseeing as if you were going back in time.

There are many attractive spots in and around Nagaragawa Onsen, and you can enjoy fulfilling sightseeing.