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2023 Frozen waterfall trekking in Hida-Osaka - Tour Information - Hida-Osaka Falls - Hida-Osaka's 200 Waterfalls - Gero city, Gifu prefecture, Japan

2023 Frozen Waterfall Trekking in Hida-Osaka

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Hida-Osaka’s frozen waterfall trekking tour takes place in the silent snow-covered forest. The scenery of the blue ice pillars around the waterfall in such place would be the scenery that you will long remember.

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2021

2023 Frozen waterfall lineup

The regular course is “Frozen waterfall without a name.” Sennindaki Waterfall and Ice pillars of Nigorigo are available only for the private group.

No. 1Frozen waterfall without a name

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.

No. 2Sennindaki waterfall

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

No. 3Ice Pillars of Nigorigo

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 gain 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
Dates Saturday, January 28, 2023 – Sunday, March 5, 2023
Course -Frozen waterfall without a name
-Sennindaki Waterfall and Ice pillars of Nigorigo are the optional courses for the private group only.
Start & Finish Start: 8:00 AM & Finish: No later than 5:00 PM
Price JPY 16,500 including tax per person
The tour is conducted with mixed groups. A private tour is available for additional JPY 30,000 per group.
Number of participants Minimum 2 people and maximum 7 people.
Where to meet Hida-Osaka Visitor Center
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Requirements ① Participants should have no severe health issue.
Adults of the ages between 18 and 65 can join the tour.
② Other requirements are stated in the file below.
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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.
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※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 forecasted 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 with complete names of all participants. Complete names 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 / Closed on Wednesdays)
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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