A huge congratulations to Okuhida Hot Spring Villages for taking the top spot in the “Overall Satisfaction” category in Jalan’s Popular Hot Spring Area Ranking 2023! The ranking is based off of surveys conducted regularly about Japan’s 327 hot-spring areas on Japanese travel website Jalan.net.

Gifu Prefecture is a region filled with mountains, and there’s no better place to bask in the glory of these sky-high wonders than the Okuhida Hot Spring Villages located in the Northern Japan Alps, as the survey participants can attest.

Here, you can find a wide-selection of both lodging options and places to explore!
The area is especially beautiful in October, when the mountainsides turn yellow and orange as the leaves change color.

Things to see and do:
・Shinhotaka Ropeway (Japan’s only doubledecker aerial tram-way)
・Lots and lots of hot springs
・Great Hirayu Waterfall

Nearby places:
・Goshikigahara Forest
・Hida Great Limestone Caves
・Mt. Norikura
・Kamikochi (technically Nagano Prefecture, but taking a bus from Hirayu is a popular way to get there)

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