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From JR Hotaka Station it's 30 minutes by taxi (around ¥5000) to reach the Ichinosawa trailhead, from where experienced hikers can climb Jōnen-dake (2857m); the ascent takes about 5½ hours...
Not for the claustrophobic, the area's most unusual onsen – a tiny cave bath dripping with minerals – is found near the Naka-no-yu bus stop, to the left of the bus-only tunnel into Kamikōchi...
This riverside rotemburo, deep within the gorge at Shirahone Onsen, is separated by gender; the entrance is by the bus stop.
From a starting elevation of 1308m, two cable cars whisk you to 2156m towards the peak of Nishi Hotaka-dake (2909m). Views from the top are spectacular, both from observation decks and walking trails...
Over 50 years old but completely rebuilt in 2010, this facility commands a spectacular vista of the mountains. The milky waters of its large indoor baths and rotemburo do wonders for dry skin.
Exhibitionists will love this bare-bones konyoku (mixed bathing) rotemburo by the Kamata-gawa, visible from the bridge that passes over it. Entry is free (or by donation)...
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