Gero Onsen

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One of the Three Famous Onsen of Japan, with a tradition stretching back centuries.

This ancient onsen hot spring is said to trace back about a thousand years to a hot spring that bubbled forth from the top of Mount Yugamine (1,067 meters), east of the present onsen location. It was beloved in the Edo period as “Yushima.” A philosopher named Hayashi Razan, who served four shoguns from Tokugawa Ieyasu, convinced the ruler it was the third-best onsen hot spring in Japan, following Arima and Kusatsu, and it has been counted as one of the three most famous since.
Gero Onsen is famous for its outdoor baths, built into the banks of the Masuda River cutting through the city of Gero. Although they have no dressing rooms or shielding walls, these free, open-air baths are popular with tourists. It takes a little courage, but give it a try! There are many steep slopes here, and the city is built to make best use of the hilly Hida terrain. As you stroll you will find restaurants serving Hida beef, sweets made of hot-spring eggs, and more!

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A soothing soak in Gero Onsen.

If you want to enjoy Gero Onsen in a leisurely way, we recommend purchasing the Yumeguri Tegata (onsen pass) for 1,300 yen (tax included). With the pass you can enter three participating spas during the validity period of six months. Gero Onsen is a natural alkaline hot spring with a source temperature of 55.5°C. The water is colorless, and gentle enough for even sensitive skin; it has a reputation for making skin more beautiful. As you soak, you will notice a faint smell unique to hot springs. There are 25 inns here, each with its own unique bath, and “comparison bathing” is always fun.
Another popular feature of Gero Onsen is the many footbaths. There are 10 here, each with a different design in a wide range of variations. And footbaths are the perfect rest when you’re tired of walking the many slopes in the area!

Gero Onsen

Address

Yunoshima, Gero, Gifu Prefecture

Hours

Varies according to facility

Closed

Varies according to facility

Cost

Varies according to facility

Phone

Gero Onsen Ryokan Co-op 0576-25-2064

Access

By train to JR Takayama Main Line Gero Sta.

Web site

http://www.gero-spa.or.jp/
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