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One of Japan’s best secrets: The Seaside Town of Gamagori Onsen

One of Japan’s best secrets: The Seaside Town of Gamagori Onsen

Gamagori Onsen night
Katahara Onsen at night
Katahara Onsen at night Image courtesy AICHI Now

Three of the best reasons why Gamagori Onsen is a perfect stop for your next (dare I say it?) overseas holiday.

1. Relax at the Japanese seaside – Mikawa Bay and Takishima Island

Gamagori Onsen overlooks the Mikawa Bay and Takishima Island which is connected by a large bridge spanning 387 metres. The island is a designated Natural National Monument offers five small shrines dotted amongst the island greenery. Find Yaotomi Shrine which is auspicious for marriage.

2. Fall in love with onsen – Hotel Takeshima and the historic Gamagori Classic Hotel

Gamagori is known for its natural hot springs overlooking the Mikawa Bay and Takeshima Island, including the Hotel Takeshima and the historic Gamagori Classic Hotel which opened in 1934. The waters of these natural hot springs have a reputation for various beneficial effects such as healing muscle pain and aiding fatigue recovery.

Gamagori Onsen night
Gamagori Onsen Image courtesy of Aichi NOW

3. See Flowers and Fireflies – Katahara Onsen

After dinner, change into your ryokan’s yukata and wander around Katahara Onsen, nestled on the top of a mountain with a backdrop of thick forest. Katahara’s Hodagaike Pond is known as the ‘Home Place of the Hydrangeas’ because of its somewhat 50,000 bushes that surround like ponds waters. Thanks to the pristine water and lush nature around Katahara Onsen, there is a spot nearby the pond where visitors can see the fireflies that come out in June – a rare chance for travellers to catch a glimpse of the short-lived but spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Known to locals as the ‘heart’ of Japan, Aichi Prefecture boasts a colourful past as a crucial point for traffic between east and west Japan. It is a highly diverse melting pot where were rustic Japanese charm meets innovation and technology.

Gamagori Onsen
Gamagori Image courtesy AICHI Now

How to travel to get to Aichi

By bullet train

One hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo, 50 minutes from Osaka and just 35 minutes from Kyoto to get to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture’s capital and Japan’s fourth largest city.

By air

Aichi Prefecture’s international airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport offers ease of access from other airports in Japan, as well as for those flying from Australia via South East Asia.

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