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Hida’s Snowscape

Hida’s Snowscape

Old town and Shirakawago with snow represent Hida’s winter. Although there are more visitors in summer than winter, we would like to recommend winter to enjoy its beauty.
Today, local photographer Mr. Ikedo teaches us Hida’s best snowscape spots.

No 1. Old Town

Takayama’s old town has been beautifully preserved with many old homes, shops, cafes and sake breweries dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868). You can enjoy eating food and townhouse tour here. In winter, you can see the contrast with snow and quaint houses, enjoy light up with chochin (Japanese lantern) and sake brewery tour.

Top: Snowing in the old town at night Lower left: The beautiful contrast with pot plant Lower right: Chochin light up

Top: Snowing in the old town at night
Lower left: The beautiful contrast with pot plant
Lower right: Chochin light up

【Access】
・Take the hotel shuttle bus to Jinya, and cross the Nakabashi bridge
・15-minute-walk from Takayama Green Hotel
※It is subject to change depending on the weather and traffic situation.
>Here is the shuttle bus timetable.

There are many Japanese cafes in old town.

No 2. Nakabashi Bridge

Nakabashi Bridge is a vermillion bridge that goes across the Miyagawa River, a symbol of Takayama and the gate to the Old Town. The bridge creates a beautiful contrast between the vermillion bridge and the white snow. You can take a nice picture under the next Ikadabashi Bridge.

No 2. Nakabashi Bridge

【Access】
・Take the hotel shuttle bus to Jinya, and only a short walk
・15-minute-walk from Takayama Green Hotel
※It is subject to change depending on the weather and traffic situation.
>Here is the shuttle bus timetable.

Nakabashi bridge is very close to Takayama Jinya.

No 3. Shirakawago

Shirakawago declared the world heritage is famous for Gassho Zukuri (traditional farmhouses with thatched roofs). You will feel the grand nature when you visit Shirakawago in winter. You can enjoy the upside down Gassho Zukuri, Myozenji and also entering the house.
We recommend you having hot Zenzai (sweet red bean soup with a grilled rice cake) at a café.

No 3. Shirakawago No 3. Shirakawago

[Recommended tour with a Japanese guide]
Shirakawago is popular for sightseeing and it is no exaggeration to say we can find it on every guide book. A guide teaches you why and how people live here and why it is registered as the world heritage, so you will enjoy Shirakawago more!
※The guide speaks only Japanese.

Recommended tour with a Japanese guide

【Access by car】
・48 km away and 60-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel
※It is subject to change due to the weather and traffic situation.

Shirakawago has many beautiful photography spots. Here is the details.

No 4. Hida Folk Village Hida-no-Sato Winter Light-up

Hida-no-Sato, built in 1971, is a village museum re-created old lifestyles such as private houses and articles of everyday use. Gassho Zukuri (traditional farmhouses with thatched roofs) and paddy fields covered with snow is visionary as if you were in the old story.

Hida-no-Sato in winter

Hida-no-Sato in winter

The light-up of the world heritage Shirakawago is crowded, so taking a picture is hard there.
Hida-no-Sato holds winter light-up during Jan to Feb and it is easy to visit there from Takayama Green Hotel. We recommend you bringing a tripod, some batteries and a light to illuminate around hands.

If it is snowing, you can take a picture with snow fireflies.

If it is snowing, you can take a picture with snow fireflies.

Slow synchronization is that the light shines snow by using a flash.
If you use a flash, the shutter keeps opening and the background comes out brightly.

【Access】
・2 km away from Takayama Green Hotel
・5-minute-drive
※It is subject to change depending on the weather and traffic situation.
Hida Folk Village Hida-no-Sato
http://www.hidanosato-tpo.jp/top.html

How was the snowscape spots?
Let’s find another best spots when driving and walking !!

No 5. Sub-zero Forest

It is 10 degrees below zero here and people create “forest of ice” by sprinkling water. They light up with blue in the daytime and blue, yellow and green in the night.
At the ice festival held once a year, you can see frozen bubbles.

Illuminated forest daytime and night

Illuminated forest daytime and night

Fantastic sub-zero forest

Fantastic sub-zero forest

[Date]
Jan 1 to Mar 31 each year from sunset to 9:00 pm
Free of charge
[Access]
・40km away/40-min-drive from Chubu Jukan Expwy Takayama West IC via National Rote 41,361
・Parking available
[Access by car]
・50-minute-drive from Takayama Green Hotel

No 6. Okuhida Onsengo Shinhotaka the Japan Northern Alps Bridge

If you take a ropeway, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Japan Northern Alps from the observation deck at 2,156 meters above sea level.
Driving to the Japan Northern Alps Bridge is easier to enjoy the mountain view.
You can see Mt. Kasagatake, Mt. Shakujodake and the active volcano Mt. Yakedake on a sunny day.

Morgenrot Mountains

Morgenrot Mountains
You will set the sun mark of the white balance to make the photo appear red. Do not keep the automatic white balance.
Shining red on the top of the mountain is just a few minutes, and it will become progressively daytime sunlight.

Mt. Kasagatake at 2,898 meters above sea level

Mt. Kasagatake at 2,898 meters above sea level
It is one of the 100 mountains of Japan and the highest in Gifu.

Mt. Shakujodake at 2,168 meters above sea level

Mt. Shakujodake at 2,168 meters above sea level
The rock surface is popular with the photographers.

Mt. Yakedake at 2,455 meters above sea level

Mt. Yakedake at 2,455 meters above sea level
You can see the fumarolic gas from the top of the mountain on a sunny day.

With wide-angle zoom lens, you can take a picture of grand mountain view. With telephoto zoom lens, take a close-up of the peak. You will see the contrast with gentle slope and the rugged rock surface with snow during the sun shining obliquely. Do not overexpose so as not to becomes pure white.

【Access】
・54 km away from Takayama Green Hotel to the Japan Northern Alps Bridge
・90 to 120-minute-drive
※It is subject to change depending on the weather and traffic situation.
Although Okuhida Onsengo is in Takayama city, the weather is totally different from Takayama city area. You should wear snow tires, bring tire chains, and go there with extra time to space.

No 7. Okuhida Onsengo Hirayu

The National Route 158 connecting Takayama city and Hirayu may have the 2 meters high snow walls by the snowplow around Hirayu Tunnel. Although you can see only snow wall from the car, there is a vast fantastic snowscape.

The fantastic snowscape around Hirayu tunnel

The fantastic snowscape around Hirayu tunnel

The snow on the branches looks flowers. Hoarfrost made of vapor also looks flowers in the cold morning, and the hoarfrost sparkles with the sunshine.

No 7. Okuhida Onsengo Hirayu

【Hiroike’s MEMO】
As altitude increases 100 m, the temperature falls 0.65 degrees.
Takayama city area: 580 meters above sea level
Hirayu Tunnel: 1,430 meters above sea level
Altitude drop 850 m means the temperature falls 6 degrees.
Even if it is raining in Takayama, it can be snowing at high altitude place.

【Access】
・35 km away from Takayama Green Hotel to Hirayu
・60 to 90-minute-drive
※It is subject to change depending on the weather and traffic situation.
Although Okuhida Onsengo is in Takayama city, the weather is totally different from Takayama city area.
You should wear snow tires, bring tire chains, and go there with extra time to space.

It is a local person told us this information.

Photographer Mr. Hiroshi Ikedo

Photographer Mr. Hiroshi Ikedo

He works at Hiroike Photo Office. He familiarizes himself with still life, nature, scenery and best photography spots which is not well known.

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