Historic Townscapes and Hot Springs
In Takayama, the rows of antiquated houses almost make this place seem like the land that time forgot. Looking onwards, Gero Onsen (hot springs) is a place where visitors can enjoy Japan’s special brand of hospitality. Both are tourist spots where not only can you enjoy the food, the Japanese culture and the hot springs, but you can experience the warmth of the people of Japan firsthand.
A Journey to Experience Traditional Culture and the People Who Live There
Having developed as the center of a castle town and merchant town, Hida Takayama has been rated three stars in the Michelin Travel Guide. The sight of rows and rows of traditional businesses is part of the appeal of this place. Hida Takayama is a lively city with a multitude of shops to enjoy, including the sake brewers, the traditional crafts made by the skilled craftspeople of Hida, and Hida’s very own distinctive brand of beef, “Hida-gyu”. Many tourists flock from all parts of the world each year to receive a warm welcome from the local people of Hida Takayama.
The Sarubobo: A Charm Said to Bring Good Luck
Since times of old, sarubobo dolls have been sewn by mothers in households for their daughters or grandchildren as toys and as good-luck charms, in the hopes that they will grow up healthy and happy. The body and face of the sarubobo is covered with red cloth, and the arms and legs are wide open. Sarubobo dolls can now be found throughout the Hida-Takayama region as souvenirs.
Enjoy Blissful Relaxation at the Hot Springs, Famous in Japan for a Thousand Years!
Gero Onsen is one of Japan’s three most famous hot spring resorts. Bathing in these hot springs will help improve your blood circulation, relieve fatigue and bring overall improved health. The waters are said to be “waters of beauty” that will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. Staying at the onsen-ryokan (hot spring inns) offers visitors a distinctly Japanese experience of relaxation. These inns offer not only lodging but a meal and a hot bath for tired travelers. Visitors will certainly be satisfied with the Japanese hospitality available here.
Things to Enjoy at Gero
Kicking Back with Meals Brought to Your Room in a Japanese Ryokan
Many Japanese hot spring inns offer meals that are brought to the rooms of the visitors. Enjoy dining at your own pace while being served by a nakai who will take care of everything from start to finish.
Winter Fireworks at Gero Hot Springs
Although it’s still winter, Gero Onsen offers a colorful display of lively fireworks from winter to spring (January - March) every Saturday. Top-rated fireworks artists give a splendid show based on different themes that are selected each time, making a truly memorable event.