Discover Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen is a popular spa resort, internationally renown for its fantastic natural water, receiving more than one million visitors a year. Nearby, you can visit the Gassho village, an open-air museum of gassho-zukuri ('building with hands joined in prayer') or go and visit the Gandate Park or the Osaka Waterfall for some pristine nature. 

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

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Getting around in Gero Onsen

The easiest way around Gero Onsen is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. 
Since Gero Onsen is located quite rurally, it is best to rent a car ahead from one of the bigger destinations close by. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Gero Onsen

Public transportation:
Travelers who come by train should get off at Gero station.

 

Valid rail passes:

 

Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya. 

  • by car: approximately 3 hours

  • by public transport: approximately 3 hours

 

Rental cars:

How long to stay in Gero Onsen

We recommend staying in Gero Onsen between half a day and one day. 
 

Hotels in Gero Onsen

Seasonal information

Cherry blossoms:

The best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan is usually between late March and early April. Although the blooming period can vary slightly from year to year. 
 

Hiking:

The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Festivals in Gero Onsen

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Tanokami Festival (Hanagasa Festival)

    • Date: February 14th
       

  • Gero Hot Springs Festival

    • Date: August 1st - 3rd
       

  • Mazegawa Fireworks Festival

    • Date: late August
       

  • Gero Onsen Fireworks Musical Winter Performance

    • Date: every Saturday in December

Flights to Gero Onsen

Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya. 

  • by car: approximately 3 hours

  • by public transport: approximately 3 hours

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