Attractions in the southern area of Shirakawa-go

A region nestled in the rich nature of Mt. Hakusan, a sacred mountain that has summoned those of faith, since days gone by. Home to hot spring inns, ski resorts, and campgrounds.
Last Updated:October 14, 2016

Hirase Hot Springs

Hirase Hot Springs

Description

This hot spring area is home to 2 minshuku (traditional guest houses) and 8 ryokan (traditional inns) in addition to baths such as “Oshirakawa Onsen Shiramizunoyu Hot Spring Public Bath” that are available to day visitors. The waters of Hirase hot springs have their source at the foot Mt. Hakusan, one of Japan’s three sacred mountains. Known as “Kodakara no Yu”, these waters have been gaining popularity due to their skin beautifying effects.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Hirase Hot Springs
Address Hirase, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
Additional Information For additional accommodation information, see here.
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Hirase Hot Springs

Shirayumi Ski Resort

Description

Shirayumi Ski Resort is known for its views of Mt. Hakusan from the slopes, and the famous waters of Hirase Hot Springs awaiting below. It is an expansive resort that attracts many repeat visitors thanks to its homely atmosphere and slopes suited to all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Shirayumi Ski Resort
Address 868 Kidani, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
Open Period Late Dec thru mid-Mar
Hours 8:30 –16:30
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
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Miboro Dam

Miboro Dam

Description

Standing at 131-meter tall and 405-meter wide, holding 800 m3, and built by over 6 million workers at a total cost of 40 billion yen. At the time of its completion in 1960, this dam was the largest scale dam in Asia. As a rock-fill type dam, it is constructed almost entirely from rock and clay.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Miboro Dam
Address Miboro Dam side park 140-1 maki, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
Hours 9:00 –16:00
Closed Wednesday(Open 7 days a week Apr 29 – May 5, Jul 21 – Aug 31, and Oct 10 – Nov 10. Closed for winter Dec 16 – Mar 14)
Rate Free
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Sakurakaido Shirakawa-go Hirase Hot Spring Camp Site

Sakurakaido Shirakawa-go Hirase Hot Spring Camp Site

Description

A campsite located on the opposite shore of the Shogawa River to the Hirase Hot Springs village. In combination with the hot springs, you can enjoy outdoor life to the full.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Sakurakaido Shirakawa-go Hirase Hot Spring Camp Site
Address 868 kitani, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
TEL +81-05769-5-2100 (Japanese Only)
Open Period Mid-Apr thru mid-Nov
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Oshirakawa Open-air Bath

Oshirakawa Open-air Bath

Description

Located in the Oshirakawa Nature Area of the Mt. Hakusan National Park, about 13 km from Hirase Hot Springs village along the Hakusan Park Line prefectural road, these natural hot spring baths allow bathers to enjoy nature to the fullest.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Oshirakawa Open-air Bath
Address Oshirakawa, Hirase, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
Tourism Season Early Jun thru late Oct
Admission Adults ¥300 / Children ¥150(to cover cleaning costs)
Additional Information
  • Located in Oshirakawa (Hakusan National Park).
  • Bathing tickets can be purchased at the adjacent mountain hut, Hakusui Lakeside Lodge.
* Please note that the above information is provided for reference. There may be cases where it differs from current information.


Lake Hakusui

Lake Hakusui

Description

A beautiful emerald-green lake situated in the Hakusan National Park. You can enjoy a lakeside stay at the Hakusui Lakeside Lodge.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Lake Hakusui
Address Oshirakawa, Hirase, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
Tourism Season Early Jun thru late Oct
Additional Information Located in Oshirakawa (Hakusan National Park).
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Shiramizu Waterfall

Shiramizu Waterfall

Description

An epic waterfall flowing over cliffs surrounded by virgin forest. The falls derive their name (meaning white water) from the milky white color of the flowing water. It is also said that this is the origin of Shirakawa-go’s name.

Visitor’s Guide

Name Shiramizu Waterfall
Address Oshirakawa, Hirase, Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture.
Tourism Season Early Jun thru late Oct
Additional Information Located in Oshirakawa (Hakusan National Park).
* Please note that the above information is provided for reference. There may be cases where it differs from current information.