Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma - Gifu

Located in 37 Nakao, Onsengu, Okuhida, Takayama City in Gifu Prefecture, Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma is a 4-star hotel situated in one of Japan's onsen towns. 

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma Details

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma can easily be remembered for its unique rocky mountain-like facade but those who have stayed there would probably remember it for its spacious rooms, great food, and the stunning scenery that surrounds it.

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma - Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma - Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma facade

The mini playground in front of the hotel

Yup we had to leave our shoes here before entering the hotel

Bike rentals

Speaking of spacious rooms, the hotel has a total of 14 rooms. Each room measures 70 square meters. Hotel room rates cost around $100 to $200 depending on the season and promos (which they usually have). These rooms are equipped with an air conditioning unit, refrigerator, safety deposit box, TV, and WiFi connection. What I love about the rooms in Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma is the ofuro tub which is a Japanese concept bathtub. The continuous flow of hot water makes it a perfect substitute for the famous onsen. 

This common area is perfect if you want a great view of nature while just relaxing.

Yep! There's a vending machine here

A stay in Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma wouldn't be complete if we wouldn't talk about food. Included in your booking is a buffet breakfast which is composed mostly of western dishes. Although dinner is not included in room packages, guests can request one at a fee.

The roof deck area

Checking out the magnificent view from the roof

Enjoying the roof deck with our Japanese godfather

Can you see the ropeway line going to the mountain top?

Mr. Toshi's not-so-hidden-talent

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma dining area.

Buffet dinner! Yum!

Now here's the reason why I enjoyed my stay at Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma... as a nature lover, the picturesque mountains that tower around the sleepy town gave me that feeling of remoteness and isolation. It was a positive thing for me as being a city dweller makes me prone to physical and mental torture from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Check how spacious our room is

My wife, daughter, and I all have our own beds

The bathroom with our very own ofuro

The ofuro tub

My family and I got to stay at Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma during the 16th and 17th days of our 2018 Japan trip. What made the stay memorable were the little special moments that happened there like the time when Mr. Toshi impressed us with his guitar skills and the early morning stroll around town that I had with Mr. Toshi and his wife Ms. Taeko.

This place is one of the best hotels in the area. It's also near Mt. Hotakedake.

Overall, if you love nature, I highly recommend Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma. Aside from that, the hotel is also situated near Shinhotaka Station which would bring you up to Mt. Hotakedake where you'd get the perfect view of the picturesque Japanese Alps. 

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma Room Rates:

Despite being a 4-star hotel, Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma is one of the most affordable in town. Room rates range from $100 to $200

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma Amenities: 

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Free use of the bike to explore the town
  • Luggage storage space
  • Laundry services

Why stay in Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma?

Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma is a perfect place to stay if you want to explore the deeper parts of Takayama City. The hotel is located in an onsen town so expect plenty of hot springs in the vicinity. What I also like about this hotel is its affordability. Not to forget the numerous buffet food choices. 

Getting to Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma:


From Tokyo, ride the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Toyama and transfer to the JR Hida limited express train to Takayama. The whole trip takes about 4 1/2 hours and costs around 14,000 yen.

From Takayama Station, ride the JR Takayama Line going to Inotani Station (1-hour ride). From there walk towards the Inotani Bus Stop near the Jinzu River then ride the bus to Nakaokoharaguchi Bus Stop (1hr 23min).

From the Nakaokoharaguchi Bus Stop walk going to Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma.

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Comments

  1. This looks like a wonderful time!! That view is amazing!

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    1. Yup we had a wonderful stay at Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma. You should check it out as well. =)

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  2. I lOVE nature too and this place seems amazing!! And yes what wonderful spacious rooms! I want to go there!!! 🌿🌲🍃

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    1. Please do. =) Then take an early morning stroll around this place. You'd love it.

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  3. Wonderful images. I think it is not too expensive compare to other 4 star hotels. Moreover the amenities are also good.

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    1. I agree. It costs less than a hundred dollars. Not to mention the million dollar view from the roof deck.

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  4. This museum looks amazing, I really enjoy the way Japanese people tend to make things interesting just with the building, and the inside looks even more amazing :D

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    1. Hahaha this place is a hotel but I won't blame you as the facade looks like it offers a cave tour.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful!! Looks like an exciting destination

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    1. It is. =) You should visit this hotel when you have the chance.

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  6. Looks like a cool hotel to visit.

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  7. O wow those photos are beautiful! It looks like you really enjoyed yourself! I need to add this to my bucket list!

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    1. I did. Yes please do add Nakaokogen hotel kazaguruma to your list. =)

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  8. I love the cute mountain design at the front of the hotel, seems like a great hub spot to experience genuine Japanese culture

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    1. I do agree. The hotel facade was probably inspired with the mountains of this place. To be honest, I find Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma quite westernized.

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  9. The hotel had some great views and the food looked so delicious. How much did it toally cost?

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  10. Thanks for sharing about this hotel. I haven't been to Japan but I love reading about it.

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    1. You should visit Gifu when you go to Japan. It's probably one of those little known places in Japan that's worth your stay.

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  11. Beautiful photos and post. I will go there ASAp. Thankd for sharing

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  12. Really glad you're sharing the experiences in Japan as I'm not able to travel there atm.

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    1. I'm praying that you get the chance to go there soon. =)

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  13. Wao it really is spacious.. I’m loving this hotel, the price is really good. Would love to visit 🤗

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  14. The rooms are really big. I'm sure your daughter enjoyed all that space :)

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    1. Well she totally did! You would too if you check in at Nakaokogen Hotel Kazaguruma.

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  15. This place looks amazing, thank you for sharing.

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  16. Thank you for visiting my blog. Yup I think you'd get inspiration when you're here.

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  17. You've taken us on quite a journey and I have enjoyed all of it. One of my kids will be studying in Japan in the coming academic year and i hope to visit and maybe see some of these sites.

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    1. Wow! I envy you! You'd have the chance to explore this beautiful country. I hope to get back to japan next year.

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  18. I think the entry to this place is very interesting...lovely interiors!

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  19. Just the green in the pictures makes us feel fresh

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