The many waterfalls of Shin-onsen are very popular among hikers. Shiwagara Waterfall is particularly interesting because you can only see it if you look at it from the inside of a cave. Along with the waterfall, the overall atmosphere of the valley creates a magical experience.
Ueyama highlands is part of the national park at Mt.Hyonosen and it is a plateau with an elevation of 750-900 meters.
With Japanese silver grass fields and beech tress, it is the perfect place for a hike.
Tajima Pasture Park:
At the Tajima Pasture Park you can learn about the history of Tajima cows at the museum as well as obesrve how real Tajima cows are rasied on the farm. At the petting zoo area you can touch various animals, such as sheep, goats, and rabbits. At the visitor center, you can get hands-on experience with the agriculture and enjoy being surrounded by the greenery.
In winter, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding. There is also an area for making snow huts and having snow ball fights. It's fun for the whole family.
Shin-onsen has been designated as a prefectural natural monument. Visitors can enjoy the dazzinling views of western Japan's largest "shidare zakura" or weeping cherry tree at Taiun-ji Temple and "shofuku-ji sakura" at Shofuku-ji Temple, which have been named "yamazakura" and "kinkimamezakura" respectively. Both flowers are exceedingly rare crossbreeds. Blooming season falls approximately between 4/1 - 4/20.Shinonsen's Cherry Blossoms
In Shin-onsen there are many quiet and calm buddhist temples and shrines that one can enjoy in between sightseeing.Sououbu-ji Temple