AUTUMN ILLUMINATION – THE NOTABLE KORANKEI IN AICHI

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:

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Look at those stunning colors

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.

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Magnificent even at night

 

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

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When Spring meets Autumn

DSC_0062Ever wondered what Cherry Blossoms look like during autumn or missed the sakura this year and planning a trip on autumn? Fret not because you can actually see the cherry blossoms during the autumn season in Obara Town in Aichi Prefecture, leaving you in complete awe of its unique charm!

DSC_0066-2The Shikizakura (Four-Seasons Cherry Blossom) is popular among tourists for its amazing wonder. The Cherry Blossom tree is thought to be a hybrid of the species called “mamezakura” and “edohigan” and blooms first in spring (around March-April) and in autumn (around late October – early December). With about 10,000 trees throughout the district, tourists can indulge in the colourful landscape the town offers.

THE BEST TIME TO VIEW THE SHIKIZAKURA

The Shikizakura usually begins to bloom in late October and is at their peak in mid-November. However, the peak time varies yearly.

ACCESS TO OBARA FUREAI KOEN FROM NAGOYA:

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For those who can understand Japanese, they can rely here (for the oiden bus. 豊田市- 小原大草) or in this website (both for bus and train schedules)


Here’s the schedule for Toyotashi Station and Obara Ohkusa I translated for your convenience.

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* Schedule is subject to change depending on certain circumstances such as weather, road constructions, delay of departure, etc.


DSC_0047From the Obara Fureai Koen, you can see the four-season cherry blossom, its rosy white petals contrasting the red, orange, yellow and green hues of the autumn air which makes the view breath-taking. They hold yearly autumn festival in the cherry blossom haven, showcasing the town’s specialty products and talents while offering the visitors free warm drinks.

Last year’s cherry blossom didn’t bloom that well though, according to the local staff. Nevertheless, seeing the Sakura petals was a delight from a spring and autumn fanatic like me.

MORE PLACES TO EXPLORE AROUND OBARA:

  • Washi no Furusato
  • Hisajo Sugita Haiku Monument
  • Toyota City Kabuki Heritage Hall
  • Dorobuchi Kannon
  • Ichiba Castle Ruins

SAKURA SPOTS:

  • Obara Fureai Koen
  • Washi no Furusato
  • Maebora Shikizakura
  • Senmi Shikizakura no Sato
  • Obora Shikizakura
  • Kakigairi Path
  • Miyashiro