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

2020 Frozen Waterfall Trekking in Hida-Osaka

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Hida-Osaka 200 Falls will offer several types of frozen waterfall trekking tours in winter of 2020. In the regular tour, you have the option to include lunch and hot spring bathing time, too. Please choose the tour that matches your interest the best!

2020

There are 4 tours!

1. Regular Tour (lunch and hot spring, a FULL tour)

New release! You will enjoy snow trekking along the valley of frozen waterfalls. What makes this tour special is having lunch outdoors near the frozen waterfalls and bathing in a hot spring surrounded by snow at the end of the tour. For a special winter day in Hida-Osaka, this is it!
【Dates】
February: Saturday 1, Sunday 9, Sunday 16, Saturday 22, Saturday 29.
March: Saturday 7.

Regular Tour

2. Premium Tour

While you are walking in the deep forest, giant blue ice suddenly appears in front of you. The frozen waterfall is the most-admired waterfall in Hida-Osaka. A local guide who knows the area better than anyone will take you to the waterfall in all its beauty. This tour suits those who would like to spend more time around the beautiful frozen waterfall. (Please bring your own lunch and note that bathing in a hot spring is not included in this tour.)
【Dates】
February: Sunday2, Saturday 8, Tuesday 11, Saturday 15, Sunday 23. Monday 24.
March:Sunday1, Sunday 8, Saturday 14, Sunday 15.

Premium Tour

3. Regular Tour (Weekday Plan)

Good news for those looking for a frozen waterfall tour on a weekday! This is the weekday version of the Regular Tour without lunch or hot spring bathing. The tour is available if your group has at least 2 people. It’s highly likely (but not guaranteed) that the tour would be a private tour only for your group. This tour is a good choice for those looking for a small, quiet tour.
【Dates】
Available every weekday from Monday, January 27 through Monday, March 16. (Excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)

Regular Tour

4. Karatanidaki Waterfall Tour

Although Gandate Park is closed to visitors in the winter, you are privileged to walk through the quiet winter forest in Gandate Park with a guide and see the winter version of Karatanidaki Waterfall.This is a rare opportunity where you can see the beauty of a frozen splash on the surface of lava rocks. The walking distance is 6 kilometers (3.7 miles); thus some degree of physical fitness is required.

Karatanidaki Waterfall Tour
Tour Plan Where to meet Trekking duration What time to meet Return Amount of snow Frozen waterfall Lunch Hot spring Price (without tax)
Regular Tour Full Plan Hida-Osaka Visitor Center 2 horus 8:20 AM 4:30 PM A lot JPY 9,000
Weekday Plan 3:00 PM No No JPY 8,000
Premium Tour 3 horus 8:20 AM 4:00 PM A lot No No JPY 12,000
Karatanidaki Waterfall Tour 5 horus 9:00 AM 3:00 PM A little No No JPY 7,000
Number of participants Minimum 2 people and maximum 15 people.
Requirements Age: 10 to 70 years old.
Healht: 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 fitness is required when walking with snowshoes. The Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office reservation desk will ask about your experience at the time of your reservation.
Please feel free to contact the Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking office in advance of your reservation if you have questions.
>> 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.
>> (Winter tour)What to bring and wear, items free of charge

※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 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 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.
Discount A 10% discount will be applied for those who have participated in our waterfall tour before.
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.
Reservation will be closed on any given day when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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Tour calendar

Regular Tour (Full Plan)

Regular Tour (Weekday Plan)

Premium Tour

Karatanidaki Waterfall Tour

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Time table

Regular Tour (Full Plan)

8:20 AM Meet at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center(Free pickup at JR Hida-Osaka Station available) >> 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.
※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. 1-hour drive by our guide's car up to the trail head.
10:00 AM Arrive at the trail head in Nigorigo Hot Spring. Check the gear and go!
10:30 AM Start trekking. Walk in the deep snow.
11:30 AM Arrive at the frozen waterfall site. Lunch (bread & soup) near the frozen waterfalls.
12:30 PM Leave the site. Go back to the trail head.
1:30 PM Finish trekking. Take off the gear and head to the hot spring!
2:00 PM Bathing time in Nigorigo Hot Spring. Please enjoy the bathing time in a hot spring surrounded by snow.
3:00 PM Leave Nigorigo. You can have a nap while our guide drives down to the visitor center!
4:30 PM Return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center.

※ On the Weekday Plan, please bring your own lunch.
※ On the Weekday Plan, you will return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center at 3:00 PM without bathing time.

Premium Tour

8:20 AM Meet at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center(Free pickup at JR Hida-Osaka Station available ). >> 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.
※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. 1-hour drive by our guide's car up to the trail head.
10:00 AM Arrive at the trail head in Nigorigo Hot Spring. Check the gear and go!
10:30 AM Start trekking. Walk in the deep snow.
12:00 PM Arrive at the frozen waterfall site. Lunch and enjoy the time around the waterfall.
1:30 PM Leave the site.Go back to the trail head
2:30 PM Finish trekking.Take off the gear and head back to the Visitor Center.
4:00 PM Return to Hida-Osaka Visitor Center.

※On the Premium Tour, please bring your own lunch.

Karatanidaki Waterfall Tour

9:00 AM Meet at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center(Free pickup at JR Hida-Osaka Station available). >> 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.
※The JR train both from Takayama and Gero (Nagoya) arrives at Hida-Osaka Station at 8:27 AM.
9:10 AM Leave Hida-Osaka Visitor Center to head to Himeshaganoyu Hot Spring. ※If you come by car, you will drive your car to Himeshaganoyu.
9:15 AM Start Trekking. Walk in the peaceful forest for 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) round trip.
12:00 AM Arrive at Donbiki-daira and have lunch.
1:00 PM Arrive at Karatanidaki Waterfall. Enjoy the time around Akaganetoyo and Karatanidaki Waterfalls in winter.
1:30 PM Leave Karatanidaki Waterfall. Go back to Himeshaganoyu Hot Spring.
3:00 PM Return to Himeshaganoyu. Please enjoy the natural highly carbonated hot spring at Himeshaganoyu after the tour.
※if you are taking a JR train on the way back, please let us know your train time.
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