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Nawashiro-zakura (rice nursery cherry blossoms)

Also called koyomi-zakura (calendar cherry blossoms)
The name nawashiro-zakura comes from an old custom of villagers starting preparations for rice seedling nurseries after beautiful cherry blossoms had bloomed. In April, you can see the fantastic cherry blossoms, which are lighted at night and reflected on the waters of the paddy fields.

Natural Monument registered by Gifu Prefecture
Thirty-three selected Hida & ino Sakura (cherry trees)

Location ZIP code: 509-2133
Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Wasa
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Iwatarou & Shimi Shidare Zakura (weeping cherry trees)

Three weeping cherry trees bloom almost in competition with each other, like sisters from the country of Shimi. Their dignified appearance is worth seeing.


Location ZIP code: 509-2502
Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Hagiwara Town, Shimi
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Maze River

The Maze River is a clear stream running west of the Hida River.
The river is known as a mecca for sweetfish, adored by amateur fishermen. The beautiful stream threading through the mountains is a landscape unique to mountain villages.
Location Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Maze
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Hida Hagiwara Weir for Tourists

In the Hida River flowing down from the headwaters located on Mt. Norikura, it is great fun to catch sweetfish (ayu) by hand, and taste a variety of dishes prepared from fresh sweetfish.
Location ZIP code: 509-2516
Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Hagiwara Town, Uwamura 672-3
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Natural Treasure Animal Species of Gero City

Some rare animals, which are registered as natural national treasures, can be found in the surroundings of Gero City.
(Ptarmigan grouse, Japanese serow, Great salamander)


Raichou (Ptarmigan Grouse)

This species of bird has existed since at least the glacial period. They can be seen around the summit of Mount Ontake.



Nihon Kamoshika (Japanese Serow)

With a body length of 1.2 meters (4 feet) and two short horns, it certainly does have a goat-like appearance. They live in the national forest at the foot of Mount Ontake.


Osanshouuo (Great Salamander)

This animal is the largest existing amphibian in the world, having a body length as long as 1 meter (3 feet or more), and with the appellation of "living fossil". They live in the clear streams "Yokotani Valley". They can also be observed in breeding ponds.

Mt. Ontake (Hida Summit)

Mt. Ontake is one of three sacred mountains in Japan.
Particularly in the Hida Summit area to the north spreads a paradise of nature, which has been nurtured by pure water and greenery for eons. Unlike other high mountains, there are several ponds, rivers, and waterfalls, as if scattered there. You can enjoy a six-hour round trip hike using the trail starting from the Nigorigo Hot Spring.


【Mt. Ontake (Hida Summit)】

【gonoike Hut】
Location ZIP code: 509-3111
Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Osaka Town, Ochiai
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Gandate Kyo(Gandate Gorge)

Gandate Gorge is at the foot of Mt. Ontake. It is famous for its enormous wall of rock called “Gandate,” which is a column 72 meters tall and 120 meters wide that was produced from a great eruption of Mt. Ontake. The Gorge also contains the Takimi footpath and Mitsudaki Falls. Please enjoy walking in the ambience felt here, with the fresh green of spring different from the crimson foliage of autumn.



Mitsudaki (Three-Stage Waterfall)

This waterfall is best viewed from the Takimi Yuuhodou (an observation walkway). The stream falls in three separate stages, and the final basin is remarkably beautiful.

Neo-no-Taki (Neo Falls)

根尾の滝 Another well-known waterfall in the area has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls of Japan. It is located on the upper stream of Osaka River where the rapids become a bit rough. With a fall height of 63 meters (over 200 feet), and a breadth of 5 meters (16 feet), the manner in which the water drops straight down all the way from the great cliffs above is breathtaking.


Location ZIP code: 509-3111
Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Osaka Town, Ochiai
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Gandate GorgeGoogle MAP


Neo-no-Taki(Neo Falls)Google MAP

Nakayama-Shichiri

Nakayama-Shichiri is part of Hida Kisogawa National Park, where visitors can see boulders and strangely shaped rocks, and enjoy iwatsutsuji (azaleas) in spring, fireflies in summer, and the changing leaves in autumn. The area offers views of original scenery in each season.


【iwatsutsuji (azaleas)】

【Cherry Trees】
Location Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Sanbara-Kanayama Town Kanayama
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Yokotani Kyo (Yokotani Valley)

The valley is filled with beautiful combinations of jagged rocks, deciduous trees that change appearance with each season, and gallant waterfalls. The valley contains four major waterfalls, Shira Taki, Futami Daki, Kouyou Daki, and the Keimei Daki. This area is also registered as part of Hida Kisogawa National Park.


【Shira Taki】

【Keimei Daki】
Location ZIP code: 509-1622
Gifu Prefecture, Gero City, Kanayama Town, Kanayama
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