Summer Glamp and Fox Shrine

Wood Design Park

You cannot let summer pass without doing barbecue party and river wading. When you want to go somewhere relaxing and far away from the stressful city life, the Wood Design Park in Okazaki is one of the best summer escapades you’ll not want to miss out. The park boasts its “wood tile design” which sets the mood in a state of tranquillity. Moreover, it is being surrounded by nature as it is located in the outskirts of Okazaki City.

 

There are three plans for the barbecue courses you can choose from, the first one is bringing your own food (reservation until 5pm one day before arrival), the second one is going empty handed wherein the management provides the food (reservation 3 days before arrival), and the last one is the rooftop plan wherein customers will have to bring their own food and take the rooftop spot (reservation until 5pm one day before arrival). All plans are inclusive to unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.

 

From outdoor treetops to hanging wooden pods, the park presents different kinds of spot you can explore. To fully experience the luxurious glamping, visitors are encouraged to swim or wade in the rivers surrounding the park.

Business Hours: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Morning Session: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM; Afternoon Session:  2:30PM – 5:30 PM)

Access: Himen-8-4 Kajinochō, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken 444-3443


Toyokawa Inari

DSC_0951Toyokawa Inari is one of the shrines where you can see hundreds of fox statues. The fox statue, being a popular diety in Japan, is believed to bring prosperity to its devotees.

 

It is said that the fox statues were donated to the shrine by industries with their names carved below the stone to pray for the success and growth of their businesses. Thus, resulting to the infamous hundred fox stones.

 

At the opposite side of the shrine entrance is a place called ‘Monzencho’ where small souvenir shops and restaurants offer various local delicacies. You should not miss it the special Inarizushi they are selling here!

Access:  442-0033 Aichi-ken, Toyokawa-shi, Toyokawachō (accessible by train)


This trip was made possible by KIS International Tour’s one day bus tour. If you want to know more of their tour packages, feel free to comment below.

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Suhara Himawari no Sato (with side trips!)

 

Suhara Sunflower Field

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Drowning in sunflowers~

Suhara Himawari no Sato is found in the neighbouring prefecture of Aichi – in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. With almost 30,000 (big and small) floras, this sunflower maze is a sure delight to tourists.

If you are into cosplaying and want to add spice in your photo sessions with the sunflower, then Suhara Himawari no Sato is the place for you! There is a myriad of costumes they provide for their patrons with a rental fee of 200 yen for one hour per costume.

Kiki's Delivery Service Pilgrimage
Should’ve done the “In My Feelings” challenge because… Kiki!

If you have watched Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, you will be familiar with Kiki’s costume and her cat, Jiji riding the broomstick. Kiki’s costume is the most popular, with a simple dark blue dress and a red bow-tie headband, there is no hassle in transforming into a witch. Imagine that – you can be an enchantress and float above the sea of yellows and greens!

Way to happiness
Way to happiness 

 Access: 468-3 Shimokowa, Mino City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

 


MUST-SEE SIDE TRIPS!

While you’re at it at Mino City, you can visit some of its charm points that will surely make your trip worthwhile.

Nagara River

The Nagara River will greet you upon arriving to Suhara Station. Beat the summer heat by swimming in this river and do barbecue party with your family and friends. Do not forget to bring a change of clothes and remember to always be vigilant and extra conscious about your safety though!

 

 

Suhara Shrine

Just less than 10-minute walk from the sunflower field, you can see the Suhara Shrine. Worshippers visit this shrine for good harvest as it is known as a shrine for the god of agriculture.

Access: 468-1-1 Suhara, Mino 501-3706, Gifu Prefecture

 

Udatsu Street

Travel back in time to the Edo period and see the Udatsu-styled houses near the Umeyama station. Kimono rentals for men and women are available for your full experience as you indulge deeper in the traditional culture of Udatsu. (Rental fee is 1,500 yen. Reservation is necessary through 090-3934-3443). You can also visit the Ogurayama Castle Ruins just near the vicinity.

Access: Mino, Gifu Prefecture 501-3701

 

 

Old Meitetsu Mino Station

Situated nearby the contemporary Mino City Station, the Old Meitetsu Mino Station retains its entrance façade, the ticketing booth and a little part of the railway displaying three old Meitetsu train wagons. This is another area to go retro and feel the olden days of Japan.

Access: 2926-4 Hirookacho, Mino-shi, Gifu-ken 501-3732