Hirayu Onsen Area
Located only 20 minutes drive from Kamikochi and 45 to 50-minutes from Takayama, Hirayu Onsen is home to many hotels and guesthouses – each with their own in-house hot springs. Accommodation prices can vary greatly in the town with many hotels fully booked on weekends and public holidays in the months that Kamikochi is open to the public – mid-April until mid-November.
While some guesthouses are expensive, you will be able notably cheaper rates in Hirayu Onsen than available inside Kamikochi; and while quiet at night, Hirayu has a number of restaurants open for dinner (unlike Kamikochi). Hirayu Onsen is one of five towns making-up the wider Okuhida Onsen area – with numerous guesthouses spread through the area including some of Japan’s best hot springs.