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2022 Frozen waterfall trekking in Hida-Osaka - Tour Information - Hida-Osaka Falls - Hida-Osaka's 200 Waterfalls - Gero city, Gifu prefecture, Japan

2022 Frozen Waterfall Trekking in Hida-Osaka

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Hida-Osaka 200 Falls offers several types of frozen waterfall tours in winter of 2022. Frozen pillars glowing in blue in the cold and quiet forests deep in the mountain. The time you’ll spend to reach this breathtaking scenery will sure be the unforgettable time in Japan. As the prevention measures against the spread of Covid-19, we will carry on the tour on a private tour basis, one guide only for your group. The destination will be determined on the day of the tour according to the condition of the frozen waterfall.

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】
We have to drive for about 1 ~1.5 hours each way from Hida-Osaka Visitor Center to the trailhead in Nigorigo. In order to avoid the closed space, we kindly ask the participants to drive by themselves to the trailhead following the guide’s car. The road to the trailhead is a winding mountain road covered by snow, and also there are some icy spots. Therefore, snow tires are mandatory, and the 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. Also, the driver needs to be well used to these conditions.

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Check out the highlight of the 2022 tours!

  • 1. Private guided tour As the counter measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the tour group will not be mixed with other groups. You can enjoy the tour on your own pace within your group.
  • 2. Semi custom-made tour After confirming your booking, we are happy to arrangehotspring bath, onsen, and the portable lunch set upon your request.
  • 3. Frozen-waterfall guaranteed The guides of 200 Falls know the area better than anyone. The guide of your group will choose the best frozen waterfall that is most beautiful and matches your physical fitness on the day of the tour.

The frozen waterfall lineup.

Among many frozen waterfalls in Nigorigo, the guide will pick the destination within the frozen waterfall choice announced in accordance with the calendar, and according to the physical fitness of the participants.

Sennindaki Waterfall

Calendar: From early February to mid-March

The walking distance of this course is relatively short and matches best for those who just started winter trekking. The trail is rather for beginners and good to visit throughout the season. Duration of the whole trekking is about 2 hours, but it depends on the amount of the snow. The waterfall of 30 meters (98 feet) high does not freeze completely, however the view of the waterfall falling into the snowy surroundings is outstanding. Having fun on a sleigh and bathing in a hot spring after the trekking are additional options. If the time allows, you may also visit another frozen waterfall, Hinotaki.

  • Snowshoe trekkingSnowshoe trekking
  • Sennindaki Waterfall trekking allows you to get close to the waterfall basin.Sennindaki Waterfall trekking allows you to get close to the waterfall basin.
  • The view of Hinotaki Waterfall from the platformThe view of Hinotaki Waterfall from the platform

Ice pillars of Nigorigo

Calendar: From early February to mid-February

The cliff where water just dropping off in summer turns into an astonishing site to see ice pillars in winter. Sometimes, “The huge icicle” grows as high as 10 meters (32 feet) and as wide as 5 meters (16 feet). There are many pillars of different sizes that spread over 100 meters (320 feet) around the huge icicle. Normally, the site is more beautiful from late January to mid-February. The walking distance is 5 kilometers (3 miles), and the total altitude is 200 meters (660 feet); thus, some degree of physical fitness is required.

  • シャンデリアのようなツララIcicles like a chandelier
  • You might be able to touch one of the pillars.You might be able to touch one of the pillars.
  • The huge icicleThe huge icicle

Unnamed frozen waterfall

Calendar: From mid-February to early March

The outstanding view of the main pillar of 20 meters (65 feet) high and subsidiary ice pillars spread each side for 50 meters (160 feet) are waiting for you. If the ice is firm enough, you may also be able to get behind the frozen waterfall. Only the limited number of trekkers will be able to see this waterfall because it’s accessible and visible only for a few weeks during winter.

Getting behind the frozen waterfall is not promised. It will be judged at the time of your visit. The walking distance is 6 kilometers (3 miles), and the total altitude is 30 meters (98 feet) with continuous ups and downs; thus, some degree of physical fitness and strong mind is required.

  • Magnificent ice pillarsMagnificent ice pillars
  • If the condition allows, you may even be able to get behind the frozen waterfall.If the condition allows, you may also be able to get behind the frozen waterfall.
  • Seeing the ice glowing in blue is priceless.Seeing the ice glowing in blue is priceless.
Dates Saturday, January 29, 2022 - Sunday, March 6,2022
Basic calendar of frozen waterfalls;
- Ice pillars of Nigorigo: From late January to mid-February
- Unnamed frozen waterfall: From mid-February to early March
- Sennindaki Waterfall: From late January to early March
Start & Finish Start: 8:00 AM & Finish: No later than 5:00 PM
Price JPY 16,500 including tax per person
Number of participants Minimum 2 people and maximum 5 people per group
Where to meet Hida-Osaka Visitor Center
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Requirements ① Participants need to drive the winding mountain road covered by snow to the trailhead for about 1 ~1.5 hours each way by themselves. The distance is about 30 kilometers (19 miles), and the elevation is 1300 meters (4300 ft).
② Other requirements are stated in the file below.
>> Requirements
Payment Cash or credit card on the day of the tour.
What to wear and what to bring Snowshoes, snow boots, rain-coat, rain-pants, gloves, sunglasses, and helmet.
(Above items are all available free of charge.)
※Please wear appropriate layers.
>> What to bring and wear
※Gear sizes are limited. The Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office will ask your size at the time of your reservation.
Weather alert The Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office will contact the lead participant 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 roads are closed because of heavy snow or a snowstorm.
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.
Contact and reservations 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 forest.
【Contact】
Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office
TEL: +81-576-62-2215 (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
Reservations are available via phone or internet.
Reservations will be closed on any given day when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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