You cannot miss out Korankei Gorge located in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. It is a favorite among tourists who visit Central Japan in autumn. Gracing the valley with colorful tones, no wonder each year the flock of visitors increase, making the place congested!
Getting off the bus stop in Korankei, the tourist spot is easy to distinguish because of the crowd. A single ginkgo tree will welcome you towards the valley. If you want to shoot without people getting your way, going to a different course is recommended. Instead of crossing the pedestrian lane, go down the stone stairs to enjoy the view of Korankei. As I arrived there, some of the photographers already claimed their spots to capture the beauty that is the same as what I captured:
While the afternoon view is a beau, wait until the golden hour happens and get surrounded by the stunning color variation of the valley. I got to witness the autumn colors in daylight and dawn when the trees are illuminated. The scenery in the afternoon and night varies greatly but both have their own charms. Production crews televised the crowd of people, interviewed some of their Korankei experience despite the cold windy weather and showcased the highlights of the illumination.
Autumn festival is held every November wherein lots of food stands line up along the streets. Also, there are a few restaurants where you can warm up from the chilly weather.
How to get to Korankei from Nagoya Station:
|1. Go to Higashiyama Line (Platform 1 towards Sakae, Higashiyamakoen Fujigaoka) and drop off at Fushimi Station||3 minutes||700 yen|
|2. From Fushimi Station transfer to Tsurumai Line and stay on the train until you arrive at Josui Station||42 minutes|
|3. From Josui Station, go to the Toyota Oiden bus station||1 minute|
|4. Ride the bus bound for Hyakunenso（百年草行）and alight at Korankei||1 hour||500 yen|
Location: 444-2424 Aichi Prefecture, Toyota, Iimori Asukecho