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When to Go to Hida

Spring

Spring in Hida, with its temples and shrines colored with cherry blossoms, is a unique time of the year where visitors can really sense what it feels like to be Japanese. The best time to see the cherry blossoms vary depending on the area (usually mid-late April). April 19th and 20th is the annual Furukawa Festival, famous for its exciting Rousing Drum and gorgeous festival floats.

Spring

Summer

In summer, rice fields shows their brilliant green leaves. Compared to Tokyo and Osaka, it is cooler here because of the higher altitude. The temperature can reach highs of 30 degrees Celsius in August, but can drop to 18 degrees Celsius at night.

Summer

Autumn

Visitors can enjoy vivid autumn leaves in Hida. The yellow autumn leaves of the Gingo tree at Fukuzen-ji temple and Shinshu-ji temple are beautifully lighted up at night. The best time to visit is generally from late October till early December. Hiking at Amou Nature Park to enjoy the autum leaves is also recommended.

Autumn

Winter

One of the most attractive seasons to visit Hida is in the winter time with the town covered in snow. Snow tires are required between early December and late March. Average snow accumulation in the town of Hida Furukawa is 50 cm, but high altitude areas can be double that amount. Visitors can also enjoy excellent skiing and snowboarding at the two local ski areas.

Winter

Transportation

Getting Hida

From Takayama
By Train
15 mins on JR Takayama Line.
One or two trains available every hour.
By Car
30 mins through National Highway Route 41.
From Tokyo
By Train
2 hour 8 mins from Tokyo to Toyama by JR Hokuriku Shinkansen.
1 hours 14 mins from Toyama to Hida Furukawa by Limited Express (JR Takayama Line).
By Train
1 hour 40 mins from Tokyo to Nagoya by JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
2 hours 35 mins from Nagoya to Hida Furukawa by Limited Express (JR Takayama Line).
By Bus (Nohi Bus / Keio Bus)
5.5 hours from Shinjuku to Takayama.
15 mins train ride from Takayamato Hida Furukawa.
By Plane
1 hour from Haneda Airport to Toyama Airport.
1 hour 40 mins drive to Hida city by rental car.
From Osaka
By Train
51 mins from Shin‐Osaka to Nagoya by JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
2 hours 35 mins from Nagoya to Hida Furukawa by Limited Express (JR Takayama Line).
By Bus (Nohi Bus / Kintetsu Bus)
5 hours 10 mins from Higashi Umeda to Takayama.
15 mins train ride from Takayama to Hida Furukawa
From Nagoya
By Train
2 hours 35 mins from Nagoya to Hida Furukawa by Limited Express (JR Takayama Line).
By Bus
2 hours 40 mins to Takayama.
15 mins train ride from Takayama to Hida Furukawa.

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Getting around within Hida Furukawa

Hida Furukawa is a small town. It is easy to get around on foot. Visiting countryside scenery by bicycle is a popular attraction. If you want to go hiking in the surrounding mountains or skiing/snowboarding at the ski fields, it is good idea to rent a car in Takayama since there is no rental car shop in the town of Hida Furukawa.

Transportation

Tourist Information Centers

Welcome to Hida City!
Hida City is a small town located in the Japanese countryside. The countryside folks may not always be able to speak English, but we will do our best to assist travelers. Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance.

  • Visitor Information Center

    The Visitor Information Center is located next to Hida Furukawa Station.
    There are maps and brochures available here. Temporary baggage storage is also available here. Please note English language support is not available.

    ACCESS
    At Hida Furukawa Station. 1 min walk to the right after getting out of the station.
    ADDRESS
    8-32 Kanamori-cho, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture
    PHONE
    0577-73-3180
  • Hida Tourism Association

    ACCESS
    5mins walk from Hida Furukawa Station
    ADDRESS
    8-17 Tono-machi, Furukawa-cho, Hida-city, Gifu, Japan
    PHONE
    0577-74-1192
  • SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE

    Discover the scenic Japanese countryside.
    SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE is an award winner of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence.
    English-speaking staff available for assistance.

    ACCESS
    7 mins walk from Hida Furukawa Station
    ADDRESS
    8-11 Nino-machi, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture
    PHONE
    0577-73-5715
    WEBSITE
    http://satoyama-experience.com/cycling/
    CONTACT
    reservation@satoyama-experience.com

Practical Information

ATM Convenience Shop
Service Hida Furukawa Post Office Circle K - Hida Furukawa Shop 7-Eleven Hida Furukawa Koreshige Shop
Access 7 mins walk from Hida Furukawa Station 7 mins walk from Hida Furukawa Station 15 mins walk from Hida Furukawa Station
Address 3-1 Shinsakae-cho, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture 3-6 Shinsakae-cho, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture 2-2 Koreshige, Furukawa-cho, Hida City, Gifu Prefecture
Tel 0577-73-2600 0577-74-2035 0577-73-3500
Notes Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Rental Bicycle / Guided Taxi Tour Baggage Storage
Service Miyagawa Taxi Baggage Storage
Access 1 mins walk from Hida Furukawa Station
Address 10-41 Kanamori-cho, Furukawa-cho, Hida-city, Gifu Prefecture 10-41 Kanamori-cho, Furukawa-cho, Hida-city, Gifu Prefecture
Tel 0577-73-2321 0577-73-2321
Notes Price: Rental bicycle 200 JPY/hour, 500 JPY/3 hours, 1,000 JPY/day
Chartered taxi: 8550 JPY/90 mins
Business hours: 7:00 am - 12:00 am(midnight)
Website:http://www.joyful-taxi.com/english/index.html
Visitor Information Center at Hida Furukawa Station
(9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Miyagawa Taxi can also store luggage.
(7:00 am - 12:00am (midnight))

Guide & Map

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