Winter Waterfalls tours

2019 Frozen waterfall trekking in Hida-Osaka - Tour Information - Hida-Osaka Falls - Hida-Osaka's 200 Waterfalls - Gero city, Gifu prefecture, Japan

  • Guided Tours
  • Shower-Climbing
  • Slow and Easy Hiking
  • Café Trekking
  • Frozen waterfall trekking
  • Winter Waterfalls Tours
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2019 Frozen waterfall trekking in Hida-Osaka

We meet first at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center at an altitude of 600 meters (1970 feet). Then the guide will drive you up to the trail head at 1700 meters (5680 feet). On the way to the trail head, you will see a vast view of Mt. Ontake. The trail starts at the Nigorigo Hot Spring area, with temperatures and snow incomparable to what you see in your daily life. You will go through the silent forest covered by untouched snow, and then suddenly, you will see a breath-taking view ahead. That moment standing in front of the magnificent but sacred frozen waterfall will be a scene you will long remember.

2019

There are 2 types of tours

  • Regular TourFor those who wish to spend more time around the frozen waterfall.JPY 9,800
  • Deluxe TourFor those who wish to enjoy it all—the frozen waterfall, lunch, and hot spring.JPY 13,300

The frozen waterfall gets as big as 20 meters (66 feet) high and 50 meters (164 feet) wide. It starts forming in early November and will drop and disappear by the end of April. The local guide who knows the area better than anyone will take you to the waterfall in all its beauty. The trail is about 4 kilometers (2.5miles) and takes about 3 hours round trip. It’s a complete snow trail which requires snowshoes and spikes. The air gets as cold as -20℃ (46℉), and the snow piles up as high as 2 meters (6.6 feet). Physical toughness and the ability to walk and stay outside in these conditions is necessary for this tour. This tour does not include lunch; thus, you need to bring your own lunch to have outdoors.

Regular Tour

You will go to see the same waterfall as on the Regular Tour. What’s more special about this tour is bathing time in the hot spring and a wonderful lunch at a ryokan in Nigorigo. Nigorigo Hot Spring is a hot spring resort located at the highest altitude in Japan. It operates throughout the year even during the harsh winter. Temperatures in Nigorigo remain below 0℃ (32℉) in winter. You can experience this hot spring bath both indoors and outdoors surrounded by beautiful snow. The ryokan chef prepares tasty local and seasonal dishes. On this tour, you spend less time at the frozen waterfall, but have quality time at the hot spring and ryokan after the tour.

Deluxe Tour

2019 Winter Schedule

☆Regular Tour

Available every day from Saturday, January 26 to Sunday, March 17, 2019.
※Regular Tours are not available on the dates Deluxe Tours are scheduled.
Reservations are necessary. Please scroll down and click the button to make a reservation.

☆Deluxe Tour

The Deluxe Tour is scheduled only on the dates below.
Reservations are necessary. Please scroll down and click the button to make a reservation.

January Sunday 27
February Sunday 3, Monday 11, Sunday 17, and Sunday 24
March Sunday 3, Sunday 10, and Sunday 17

Time table

Regular Tour

8:20 AM Meet at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center and check the gear. >> How to get to Hida-Osaka 200falls Visitor Center by car
>> Google map

※Staying at a ryokan in Hida-Osaka the night before is recommended because of the early morning start. Please contact us for more details about ryokans.
※Hida-Osaka is a 1-hour drive from downtown Takayama and from Gero Hot Spring.
※The JR train from Takayama arrives at Hida-Osaka Station at 7:46 AM, and from Gero at 8:07 AM.
8:40 AM Leave Hida-Osaka Visitor Center. You will be driven up to the trail head, stopping at an observation point on the way.
10:00 AM Arrive at the trail head in Nigorigo Hot Spring.
10:30 AM Start trekking. Trekking distance is about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles).
12:00 PM Arrive at the frozen waterfall site. Have lunch on your own and enjoy the time around the frozen waterfall.
1:30 PM Leave the site.
2:30 PM Return to the trail head in Nigorigo Hot Spring.
3:00 PM Leave Nigorigo Hot Spring
4:30 PM Return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center. ※JR train time table from Hida-Osaka Station:
To Takayama/Toyama: 5:41 PM
To Gero/Nagoya: 5:19 PM

※For those who plan to stay in Nigorigo the night before, we will give specific instructions about where and when to meet. The tour price remains the same.

Deluxe Tour

8:20 AM Meet at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center and check the gear. >> How to get to Hida-Osaka 200falls Visitor Center by car
>> Google map

※Staying at a ryokan in Hida-Osaka the night before is recommended because of the early morning start. Please contact us for more details about ryokans.
※Hida-Osaka is a 1-hour drive from downtown Takayama and from Gero Hot Spring.
※The JR train from Takayama arrives at Hida-Osaka Station at 7:46 AM, and from Gero at 8:07 AM.
8:40 AM Leave Hida-Osaka Visitor Center You will be driven up to the trail head, stopping at an observation point on the way.
10:00 AM Arrive at the trail head in Nigorigo Hot Spring.
10:30 AM Start trekking. Trekking distance is about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles).
12:00 PM Arrive at the frozen waterfall site.
12:30 PM Leave the site.
1:30 PM Return to the trail head in Nigorigo Hot Spring.
2:00 PM Soak in the hot spring and have lunch at the ryokan in Nigorigo Hot Spring.
3:30 PM Leave Nigorigo Hot Spring.
5:00 PM Return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center. ※JR train time table from Hida-Osaka Station:
To Takayama/Toyama: 5:41 PM
To Gero/Nagoya: 5:19 PM

※For those who plan to stay in Nigorigo the night before, we will give specific instructions about where and when to meet. The tour price remains the same.

Other information

Where to meet Hida-Osaka Visitor Center at 8:20 AM
Free transportation from Hida-Osaka Station is available. Please make a requestat the time of reservation.
Requirements Age range: 10 to 70 years old.
Experience in snow sports or snowshoe trekking is helpful.
Participants need to be strong enough to walk by themselves with snowshoes on for the whole tour. Please be aware that some degree of physical toughness is required when walking with snowshoes. Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office reservation desk will ask about your experience at the time of your reservation.
Please feel free to contact Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking office in advance of your reservation if you need advice.
Number of participants for both tours Minimum 2 people and maximum 7 people
Please contact us if the number in your group is more than 7.
Price Regular Tour JPY 9,800 including the guide, and gear.
Deluxe Tour JPY 13,300 including the guide, gear, lunch and hot spring.
Payment Cash on the day of the tour, or PayPal.
What to Bring Your lunch, if you are going on the Regular Tour.
Your drink, such as hot water or hot tea.
Contact and Reservation Please make a reservation via the website at least 3 days before the tour date.
Complete names of all participants are required to obtain entrance permission to the national forests.
※Regular Tours are not available on the dates Deluxe Tours are scheduled.

【Contact】

Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office
TEL: +81-576-62-2215 (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
Reservations are available via phone or internet.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Reservation will be closed on any given day when the maximum number of participants is reached.
Gear included in the tour price Snowshoes, Snow boots, rain coat and pants, gloves, sunglasses, and helmet.
>> (Deluxe Tour)What to wear and bring, items for rent
>> (Regular Tour)What to bring and wear, items for rent

※Gear sizes are limited. Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office will ask your size at the time of your reservation.
※Please dress warmly.
※Participants may use their own equipment if preferred. The tour price remains the same.
Weather alert Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office will contact all participants by 5:00 PM on the day before the tour date if unsuitable weather is forecast and the tour is cancelled. Tours can be called off even on the day of the tour if the Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office determines that the road conditions are too dangerous or if the road is closed because of heavy snow or a snow storm.
Cancellation Policy The full fee will be charged to participants who cancel their tour after 5:00 PM on the day before the tour date.
Special Gift gift Those who stay overnight in Hida-Osaka and those who have previously come on our guided tour will receive a drip bag for one cup of local blend coffee.
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