Hida-Osaka Frozen Waterfall Trekking Near Gero Onsen

Overview

Take a private guided tour to the enchanting frozen waterfalls of Hida-Osaka in Gifu Prefecture. Trek through snow-covered forests and discover a mysterious world at 1,800 meters with your professional, multilingual guide.

Highlights

  • Explore a hidden gem of Japan that’s worlds away from the standard tourist destinations
  • Enter a quiet silvery world of magnificent natural ice sculptures
  • Enjoy a small-group private tour with your own pro guide every step of the way
  • Take advantage of local expertise to find the best frozen waterfalls on any given day
  • Soak in a hidden mountain onsen after the tour

Key Information

Important Information

• COVID-19 prevention measures are in place, such as social distancing, disinfection of equipment and facilities, hand sanitizing, and mask-wearing by guides when speaking. Traveling in your own vehicle is recommended for COVID-19 prevention. • If you are coming by car, it must be equipped with snow tires. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Please make sure that you are used to driving on snowy and icy roads. • If you are coming by public transport, we will pick you up at JR Hida-Osaka Station, or the Osaka-cho bus stop on the Nohi Bus Gero-Takayama Line. After pick-up, followed by registration and equipment checks at the Hida-Osaka Visitor Center, we will take you to the trailhead by car. Droplet-proof sheets will be placed between the driver and passengers, and we will stop every 30 minutes to ventilate the vehicle en route to the trailhead. • If we have to cancel the tour due to weather or other conditions, we will inform you by 17:00 the day before to refund or reschedule. - Participants should be aged 10–60 for the beginners’ course or 13–60 for the intermediate course - This tour requires at least 2 participants; solo travelers may book by paying the 2-person price You must contact us in advance if any of the following apply to members of your group: 1. History of infection with COVID-19 or close contact with an infected person 2. Health conditions considered high risk for COVID-19, such as asthma or cardiovascular disease 3. Body temperature of 37.5ºC or higher 4. Cold-like symptoms, or symptoms resembling COVID-19 5. Symptoms of back pain or hernia 6. Height of 140 cm or less 7. Height of 190 cm or more 8. Weight of 90kg or more 9. Foot size 30 cm or larger 10. Age 61 or older 11. Children participating without a parent or guardian

Description

This experience is available from January to March. Tours last for about 7.5–8.5 hours and follow these rough itineraries: [Beginners’ Course] 08:30 (by car) — Meet at the Hida-Osaka Visitor Centre for registration and to check your equipment 08:30 (by public transport) — Pick-up from the train station or bus stop, transfer to the Hida-Osaka Visitor Centre for registration and to check your equipment 09:00 — Set out from the visitor center and take the snowy mountain road to the trailhead at Nigorigo 10:30 — Start your Hida-Osaka snow trek 11:15 — Arrive at the frozen waterfall of Sennindaki; after marveling at its wonder take a lunch break in the winter wonderland 12:30 — Depart Sennindaki at a comfortable pace, and enjoy fun in the snow on the way back to the trailhead 13:30 — Arrive back at the trailhead, then take a break at the hot-spring baths of Nigorigo Onsen 15:00 — Get back in your transport and return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center 16:00 — Arrive back at the Hida-Osaka Visitor Center, where the tour concludes [Intermediate Course] 08:00 (by car) — Meet at the Hida-Osaka Visitor Centre for registration and to check your equipment 08:00 (by public transport) — Pick-up from the train station or bus stop, transfer to the Hida-Osaka Visitor Centre for registration and to check your equipment 08:30 — Set out from the visitor center and take the snowy mountain road to the trailhead at Nigorigo 10:00 — Start your Hida-Osaka snow trek 11:45 — Arrive at the frozen waterfalls (we will select the best spot depending on the conditions on the day); after marveling at its wonder take a lunch break in the winter wonderland 13:00 — Head back from the frozen waterfalls to the trailhead 14:15 — Arrive back at the trailhead, then take a break at the hot-spring baths of Nigorigo Onsen 15:00 — Get back in your transport and return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center 16:30 — Arrive back at the Hida-Osaka Visitor Center, where the tour concludes

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