The hot spring area referred to as Okuhida is actually made-up of five onsen towns: Hirayu-Onsen, Shin-Hirayu Onsen, Shin-Hotaka Onsen, Fukuji Onsen and Tochio Onsen. Positioned between Kamikochi and Takayama, Okuhida is a convenient place to stay when wanting to visit both popular destinations. Spread-out over a large area, the towns offer a variety of accommodation, natural hot springs and nearby attractions. Among them, public hot springs and some ‘ryokan’ (traditional guesthouses) are open for day-visitors, charging between JPY500-JPY2000 depending on the establishment.
Of the five towns, Hirayu Onsen is the oldest and largest. This pleasant little town is home to many guesthouses and Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal, from where visitors can take buses directly into Kamikochi. Shin-Hotaka Onsen is situated deep within the area and home to several very good guesthouses nearby the Shinhotaka Ropeway.
Information regarding accommodation in and around Okuhida can be found through our ‘Okuhida Onsen Area’ page.
Accessible throughout the year
To reach Okuhida Onsen, take the Nohi bus from either Takayama – around 60 min - or Matsumoto – around 2 hours - to the Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal. For visitors staying in a town other than Hirayu Onsen, taxis are available from the bus terminal. Local buses also run within Okuhida