We used Hirayu as our base to visit Kamikochi and Shin-hotaka. We travelled up from Takayama in the morning, and we were allowed to keep our rucksacks in the office while went out exploring ( check in was at 2pm- 6pm) from Hirayu we easily got to Kamikochi and back then up to shin-hotaka. But on the way back we were running late, for check in at 6. So we had to call and the English speaking receptionist was really helpful, and said it would not be a problem.
Arriving ryokan we had to navigate through a series of corridors to our room, which was spacious enough for a Japanese room. The corridors made us think we were in a movie.
The food was excellent the best hida steak that we had the whole trip in japan, and the river rotgut was excellent also - trust us it's delicious.
The Onsen themselves were fantastic and definite needed after a long day walking around and hiking. We managed to get a couples one which was brilliant - I can see how some couples may find the Japanese Onsen experience a bit weird but if you are open it's fine. We then tried the segregated male and female pools, trying out all the different pools till I found one I liked. my girl friend had a similar experience. She also has a small tattoo that we had to cover up, as tattoos are strictly forbidden in Japanese Onsen.
A fantastic experience and a great way to relax, even if it did smell a lot of egg - made you smell of egg and all your clothes.
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