Learn all about sediment disasters and erosion control (sabo) works in Okuhida
Okuhida Sabo Juku is a museum opened in 1984 focusing on erosion control (sabo).
Okuhida Onsengo is located in the lower reaches of Mt. Yari, the Hotaka mountain range. Also, due to its position at the foot of the Mt. Yake Volcano Group, the hot spring resort had to endure several landslides in the past. The Northern Alps, composed of several mountains over 3,000 meters above sea level, are especially prone to collapse during heavy rainfall. This is caused by severe environmental conditions on the top of the mountains where trees struggle to grow, as well as the soil of volcanic ash that has accumulated from volcanic eruptions repeated over centuries.
Okuhida Sabo Juku introduces the history of landslides in Okuhida and the corresponding erosion control (sabo) works, as well as their functions, mechanisms, and changes, by showing dioramas, panels, and tools that were actually used. The museum also has a North Alps observatory where visitors can take a break and enjoy magnificent views of the mountains.
Address: 2-34 Okuhida-Onsengo Nakao, Takayama-shi, Gifu
Contact: 0578-89-2133 (Okuhida Sabo Juku), 0578-82-1220 (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Jinzu River Sabo Office)
Hours: 9:00-16:30 Late April - November
Parking: Available (free)
Directions: 1-minute walk from Nakaokogen-guchi bus stop on the Nohi Bus Hirayu/Shin-Hotaka Line
About 25 minutes by car from Hirayu Bus Terminal
Note: Only the first floor is wheelchair accessible