The happiest thing of working in Takayama is that we can visit the nature during our day offs. In October, I have visited different places in Gifu and Nagano prefecture to chase the autumn colours. Okuhida onsen is a popular day trip option from Takayama where is prefect for hiking and enjoying the onsen. We went to different waterfalls and hiked for 2 hours. It is so amazing to hike between the woods while seeing the wind blowing away the autumn leaves. Together with the smell of the grass and the sound of the river, I totally indulge in the autumn atmosphere. The scenery surrounded me looks similar to a colourful painting! The night of autumn comes around 5:00 pm, we enjoyed the onsen foot spa while waiting for the light up of autumn leaves. There is also a mixed onsen called Shinhotaka no yu along the river. It is an onsen where guests can wear swimming suit. If you are interested in seeing the autumn leaves light up as well as enjoy the onsen at the same time, I recommend you to try Shinhotaka no yu.