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Gero hot spring resort

Gero hot spring resortGero hot spring resort (Gero-onsen in Japanese) is located about 65 km northeast of Gifu city.
It is in the valley formed by Hida River. (In the past, the river had been called Mashita River.)
There are many hotels and ryokans in this resort town, and it has been one of the three excellent springs in Japan, along with Arima (near Kobe) and Kusatsu (in Gunma Prefecture), since the 17th century.

In the early 10th century, the first hot spring had outwelled on the top of a mountain.
But the spring stopped in 1265.
The following year, people saw an egret swoop to the shore of Hida River.
The people found a new hot spring at the place where the egret landed.
And the egret soared up again, and perched on a branch of a pine tree standing on a mountainside.
The people found a Buddha statue at the foot of the pine tree.

The hot spring by the egret is opened as a outdoor bath now.
It is at the shore of river, and at the center of the resort town.
It is in full view from the visitors of the town, but when you bathe in the bath, you must get naked. (Women are allowed to wear swimsuit.)

And at the place where a Buddha statue was found, there is Onsenji temple founded in 1671.
The statue is enshrined in the temple.
The temple is to the north of the resort town, and we must climb a flight of 173 stone steps.

At about 1 km east of the resort town, there is an open air museum "Gasshou-mura".
It has about 10 houses of "Gasshou-zukuri" (traditional house with a steep rafter roof), and all of them were removed from Shirakawa-go and rebuilt here.
Some of them are designated as national important cultural properties.

Gero area has unique dishes, and we can eat them at any restaurant.
"Keichan" is a dish made by frying seasoned chicken and chopped cabbage on a special iron pan.
"Tomato-don" is one of rice bowl dishes. First cooked sliced Hida beef and onion are put on rice, then many cut tomatoes are topped.

Gero Onsen Official Homepage

How to get to here

By railroad

From Nagoya, by JR limited express "Hida", about 1 hour and 40-45 minutes.

By car

From Nagoya, about 110 km on Route 41. About 3 hours.




Gero hot spring resort
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
The resort town
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Hot spring by the egret
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
A public bathhouse
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Onsenji temple
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Gasshou-mura
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Keichan in Gero
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation
Tomato-don in Gero
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation

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