Gero Onsen Area下呂温泉エリア
Counted with Kusatsu and Arima as one of Japan’s top hot springs! Amateur Kabuki performances held in the spring and autumn.
Gero hot spring is surrounded by rich nature and has been known as a hot spring resort since the 10th century. It is considered one of the three best hot springs in Japan along with Kusatsu and Arima. The hot springs in Gero are said to be effective for treating rheumatism, impaired motor function, nervous disorders, and relieving fatigue. These springs are nicknamed “bijin no yu,” or “springs for the beautiful” because of the smoothness of the water, which aids complexion and skin tone. There are also a number of footbaths around town, which visitors can enjoy free of charge.
Amateur kabuki performances are held in the spring by the Ho-o-za Troupe and in the autumn by the Haku-un-za Troupe. This type of amateur kabuki has a history of over one hundred years and is particular to rural farming villages. The Haku-un-za stage has even been nationally designated as an important cultural asset. The Gero Onsen Festival is held for three days in mid-summer. Festivities include fireworks and a parade with dragon dances, portable shrines carried by “geisha,” and samba.
In autumn, the surrounding hills are colored by the changing leaves. Visitors can also take this time to enjoy dishes such as “Keichan (sautéed chicken),” Hida beef, and fresh tomatoes. Winter fireworks in December also attract many visitors every year.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 2h to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and 1h 28 min from Nagoya to Gero Station by JR Takayama Line (limited express).
From Osaka :
[Rail] 1h from Shin-Osaka to Nagoya Station by Shinkansen.