Shin-Hodaka no Yu (Gifu-ken)
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Free bathing!
Bathing time from 08:00 to 21:00
(closed in winter (from end to October to end of April))
Home page (limited information in Japanese from this web site related to the Oku Hida area)
Phone : 0578-9-2458
Adress : 506-1421
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Water type : simple thermal

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In winter, the bath is closed and thus not washed... the water tend then to get quite greenish.


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This large single bath is just next to the Kamata river, and the sound of the flowing water makes the soaking here very pleasant. Although the village of Shin-Hodaka has no real center, being rather a succession of ryokan and hotels along the river, this bath is quite conveniently located and therefore popular. Technically speaking, it is a free bath; there however is a small donation box at the entrance, and it is suggested to leave a couple of yens for the cleaning. This bath is just next to a pedestrian bridge, and people crossing the bridge have a direct view on the bath.

Size :    
The bath is surrounded by stone, with gravel on its bottom. It is large and deep enough to allow people to swim a little in it.

View :    
Location would be perfect, if it wasn't for the presence of the bridge...

Modesty :   
Direct view on the bath from the bridge crossing the river just next to the onsen... on the other hand, it is acceptable for women to wear swimming costume thus solving modesty issues.

Area :     
The road between Matsumoto (Nagano-ken) and Takayama (Gifu-ken) is one of the few roads linking the western and eastern parts of Japanese Alps through the montains, as most travellers cross the country using roads along the Pacific Ocean (south) or the Japan Sea (north). Indeed, the Nakasendo road (which is located south) used to be much more popular, as it does not reach high altitudes. Nowadays, the journey from Matsumoto to Takayama is made much easier by the presence of a long tunnel which is linking the Kami-Kochi area to Hirayu Onsen. From Hirayu Onsen, it is a short distance to several attractive onsen towns, namely Hirayu, Fukuchi, Shin-Hirayu, Tochio and Shinhodaka, all located along rivers, at the foot of mountains in the 3'000 meters range. This area is known as Oku-Hida, and is a pure treasure for onsen lovers: most baths are outside ones with view on mountains and/or rivers; there also is an unusually high proportion of mixed baths, especially enjoyed by couples and families.

Apart of the area itself, nearby Kami-Kochi (in Nagano-ken) is a fantastic place for nature lovers: a luxurious vegetation surrounded by very high mountains. Be warned that Kami-Kochi is extremely popular - and hence crowded - at some parts of the year... For a jump in the past, don't miss a visit of Takayama, with its preserved old town and sake breweries.


People walking on the nearby bridge have a direct view on the bath!