Open-air bath with a superb view
Shinhotaka no Yu is an open-air bath that lies on the banks of the Gamada River, allowing you to enjoy nature and a magnificent mountain view. The open-air bath is a mixed bathing area where men and women of all ages can bathe together in swimsuits, and can even be seen from the bridge.
As the baths are located along the river, the river water occasionally rises and causes sand to flow into the baths along with it. That being said, the local residents have always been working together to maintain and keep the baths clean.
It is a popular spot to enjoy greenery in summer and colorful foliage in autumn. In autumn, the leaves are illuminated and the baths are open at night.
Contact: 0578-89-2614 (Okuhida-Onsengo Tourism Association)
Hours: 8:00-18:00 (usually late April - October 30)
Open: All year round (may close when the river rises), Winter (October 31 - late April)
Fee: Around 300 yen donation (to help with cleaning)
Directions: 2-minute walk from Nakaokogen-guchi bus stop on the Nohi Bus Hirayu/Shin-Hotaka Line
Note: Changing rooms available (separate for men and women). Swimsuits are allowed for bathing.