With its brilliant fall foliage and abundant nature, Toyota-City is a perfect autumnal destination. It features many unique sights such as Korankei, known nationwide for its autumn colors, and Shikizakura Four-Season Cherry Blossom trees, which offer the rare combination of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
Korankei Maple Festival (Korankei Momiji Matsuri)
- Nov 1, 2018 ～ Nov 30, 2018
- Korankei is one of the best-known places in Japan to see autumn leaves. The Maple Festival is held each year in November, the peak timing to see the fall foliage on approximately 4,000 maple trees. A variety of events are held primarily on weekends during the festival, such as Japanese drum performances, tea ceremonies, festival music, and other performances. Every night from sundown to 9:00pm, the leaves are illuminated to create a scene of otherworldly beauty.
Obara Shikizakura Four-Season Cherry Blossom Trees Festival (Obara Shikizakura Matsuri)
- Nov 1, 2018 ～ Nov 30, 2018
- Approximately 10,000 shikizakura trees are planted throughout the Obara region, well known for the cherry blossoms that bloom both in spring and autumn. They begin blooming in the fall around October but reach their peak in November, when the Shikizakura Festival is held in various places around the Obara region. The main location is Obara Fureai Park near the Obara Branch Office of Toyota City Hall. The park features a variety of events such as Washi no Furusato (Obara Paper Art Museum) drums, stage shows, drawings, a Haiku Japanese Poem contest, and candy throwing.
At the Washi no Furusato museum, the second venue, events such as outdoor tea ceremonies, koto performances, and a drawing competition enhance the viewing experience for the autumn leaves and cherry blossoms.
A total of four venues host events and stalls during the festival.
Otaki Gorge Maple Festival
- This festival is held each year from early to late November in Otaki Gorge, a popular fall foliage spot a little less than an hour from Nagoya. The natural beauty of rough boulders hewn by the rapids and red and yellow leaves create a sight not found anywhere else.
Sasado Autumn Festival
- Nov 11, 2018, Nov 17, 2018, Nov 18, 2018
- This festival is for enjoying the red maple leaves at Sasado Park while eating natural yam, a specialty of Asahi. You can also take a hands-on lesson to make a bowl of grated yam and rice or you can harvest yams in the field. Stage entertainment includes taiko drummers, pole martial arts, and acoustic music performances.
- The Sanage Festival is famous for dedications of bonote implements, a martial art designated as an intangible folk cultural property by the prefecture. The festival is centered around Sanage Shrine. The guardian deity of Sanage Shrine is Ousu no Mikoto. Ousu no Mikoto was a member of the royalty in the Kofun period and is the elder twin brother of Ousu no Mikoto, who bears the same name. Ousu no Mikoto strived to open up and expand this region, but he is believed to have been bitten by a poisonous snake on Mt. Sanage and perished. Sanage Shrine also has a longstanding tradition of dedicating left-handed sickles. This goes back to the story of Ousu no Mikoto, the patron deity, being left-handed and using his sickle to clear the area and make it hospitable.
Lake Mikawa Autumn Leaves Walk
- Lake Mikawa, the entrance to Aichi Kogen Quasi-National Park, is surrounded by approximately 700 maple trees. Each year in November, walking events are held to enjoy the autumn scenery. Visitors can choose from three courses: one to enjoy the rustic scenery and food, one that goes all the way around the lake, and one that offers new discoveries about Lake Mikawa. Portable toilets are available during the event.