If you travel along the Hida River, between the cities of Nagoya and Takayam you'll find the small town of Gero, a top destination for hot springs since the 10th century and now acclaimed as 1 of the top 3 onsens in Japan. Select from 3 public baths next to the river with an astounding view of the Gero bridge. Come and enjoy the outdoor and indoor baths or foot baths available free of charge. Don't forget your bathing suits!
Once feeling relaxed, visit other attractions such as Onsenji Temple, Komainu (dog statue that guards the shrine) sculpture museum and Gassho Folk Village which is located in the north of the town in the Gasshozukuri fields. Here, you find around 10 traditional Gassho style homes with thatched roofs. Come view these picturesque homes, watch performances, and participate in the area's traditional arts.