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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Onsenji Temple Gero

温泉寺,下呂温泉,岐阜県

Gero Onsen in Gifu Prefecture, a 3-hour drive north of Nagoya or 90 minutes on the train on the Takayama Line, is a hot spring resort redolent with the soothing sounds of water.

Onsenji Temple Gero Gifu

Onsenji Temple, a short walk up the hill from the main town is a peaceful place to enjoy fine views of the Mashita River valley below.

Legend has it that after a strong earthquake in 1265 the onsen hot spring dried up until a white heron lead the villagers to the source of a new spring. When the bird flew into the woods in the mountains behind the town, the grateful residents built a temple on the spot where the bird rested in a tall pine tree.

Onsenji is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of medicine and healing and the temple grounds contain a bell tower and a Shinto shrine to kitsune.

Onsenji Temple Gero Onsen

Onsenji Temple is a short walk from Shiunso ryokan (Tel: 0576 25 2101).


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