Many of you who have traveled to Takayama via train have probably passed right by Gero Onsen. Sadly, there isn’t a lot of attention paid to it in the guidebooks but I found it an extremely walkable town (albeit a bit of a climb to get to the folk village at the top of the city) with some stunning fall foliage. I also managed to track down a colored manhole cover, which can feel like a rarity some days:
I’m not entirely sure what the bird (a heron, perhaps?) means for Gero Onsen. I DO know that there are several manhole covers with frogs on them scattered around town, a humorous play on words as the Japanese sound for a frog croaking is gero, gero. I’m still not sure how I managed to miss getting a picture of one of those but I thought the heron was nice and I did actually get to see a heron while walking along the banks of the river in Ujo Park.