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Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine consecrates Chikauji Matsudaira, the ancestral patriarch of the Matsudaira clan, to which shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu traced his roots. The shrine grounds were once the villa of Matsudaira. Immediately adjacent to the worship hall is the Matsudairagou hall, which features various items tied to the Matsudaira and Tokugawa clans. There you will also find the well at which Matsudaira was first bathed. It is held to ...
|Opening days / hours :||All-day admission: 10:00AM-3:00 PM (Matsudairagou)|
Enjoy the beauty of nature in this 1.8 kilometer long gorge carved by a river that drops 148 meters along the span. In the summer, it's a perfect place for barbeques. In the gorge, there are five park areas and plum gardens, two suspension bridges, and the 90 meter long Lake Otaki Bridge over Lake Otaki. The well-maintained walking paths along huge and unique boulders, the pristine river, and trees offer great hiking.
|Holidays :||Barbeque sites open weekends and holidays from April to November, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
This newest type of outdoor activity combines shower climbing, where you climb up an invigorating mountain stream, and regular caving, where you explore deep into exhilarating, dark caves. Discover a steep gorge filled with giant boulders and then follow the path of the rushing stream through the gaps in the rocks. Keep fighting forward as you crawl through parts of the course with your face centimeters from the surface of the water....
|Opening days / hours :||24-hour reception (in the early morning and late at night, please contact via email)|
Matsudaira-Go was the birthplace of the Matsudaira clan, said to be the origin of the Tokugawa family. In addition to Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine, there are many other historic sites connected with the Matsudaira clan, including Kogetsuin Temple, which is dedicated to the first Chikauji, and the Matsudaira Castle Ruins. There are also many wild-growing plants, so visitors can enjoy a variety of natural scenery throughout the four seaso...
Located within Matsudaira-go, a garden of irises and hydrangea bloom at Kogetsuin Temple in the early summer. Also known by its original name, Jakusei-ji Temple, Kogetsuin Temple was reputedly built in 1367 by the monk Kanryu with the support of Ariwara Nobushige (the father of Matsudaira Chikauji’s wife). Tradition holds that it came to be known as Kogetsuin Temple in 1377, when Chikauji donated the main image of the Amida Buddha,...
|Opening days / hours :||Open all day|
|Holidays :||Open every day|
Along with Odo Onsen Hot Spring and Sasado Onsen Hot Spring, Sakakino Onsen Hot Spring is one of the Oku-Yahagi Onsen-go hot springs. The water is good for neuralgia and rheumatism. People come here mainly for recuperation. Nearby are a turtle farm, orchid garden, and the Oshiinomagai-butsu stone Buddha carved on a natural stone wall. Asahi’s local gifts include natural yam.
Discovered in the Muromachi Period over 600 years ago, Sasado Onsen Hot Spring is Aichi Prefecture's oldest hot spring. Hot spring inns line the clean Yahagigawa River. The hot spring is good for neuralgia, skin diseases, arthralgia, and other ailments. It attracts casual bathers as well as people seeking therapeutic effects. With the natural scenery, the sounds of nature, and the warmth of the hot spring, you can feel totally refres...
Approximately 3,000 weeping peach trees flourish in the Asahi district's Kaminaka-cho. The walking paths in the area are lined with beautiful weeping peach blossoms for about 1 kilometer. Early to mid-April is usually the best time to view the flowers, though they can bloom at different times in some years.
|Holidays :||Open every day during the peach blossoms period.|
Odo Onsen Hot Spring's main attraction is the radon bath. It can help ease rheumatism, neuralgia, high blood pressure, and other ailments. Many people come here seeking the hot spring's therapeutic effects. In summer, you can fish for sweetfish and red-spotted masu salmon in the stream or catch sweetfish with your hands in the weir. Shimazaki Park also has tennis courts. The local cuisine changes with the seasons. Mountain vegetables...
A multipurpose leisure facility on a highland elevation of 650 m. Enjoy various activities such as camping, barbecue picnics, a petting zoo, hands-on classes, and astronomical observations. In winter, kids can enjoy the Snow Sled "Gelände" Slope. Inside the building is Restaurant Genki-Tei and Genki Market. Genki-Tei has dishes with locally-grown yam while Genki Market sells fresh vegetables, pickles, and local gifts.
|Opening days / hours :||9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Barbecue and day camping areas close at 3:00 p.m.)
Yukisori Ski Slope: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
|Holidays :||Thursdays (open if a national holiday and closed the next day instead) and Dec. 28th–Jan. 1st. *The 1st floor is closed during winter (Dec. 1st–March 31st). *Open on Thursdays during spring, summer, and winter vacations.|
At WOODEALER Toyota, Japanese cypress, Japanese cedar, and spicebush foliage from woods in Toyota City are distilled and essential oils are extracted. A balanced fragrance is achieved by mixing the three oils and adding dehydrated alcohol. With the help of a Japanese cypress mini diffuser set included as a workshop souvenir, your own room will soon be filled with a refreshing scent.
|Opening days / hours :||10:00-17:00|
|Holidays :||Saturday, Sunday, and holidays|
At this manufacturer of naturally fermented soybean miso, we protect the traditional methods of "wooden kegs and natural fermentation" by using massive cedar kegs. The shop adjacent to the facilities measures out and sells freshly-made miso straight from the barrel. This miso maker repurposed a hangar that was used by the air force during WWII and an old elementary schoolhouse for its production facilities. There you will find some...
|Opening days / hours :||8:00-17:00|
|Holidays :||Sundays and holidays|
Kewpie hosts tours of its factories to the public, styling them as a form of “open kitchen.” After watching a video of how mayonnaise is made, you then proceed to the production line to see it in action yourself. Machines crack 600 eggs per minute and cleanly remove just the yolks. This is a fascinating and memorable sight that you must see for yourself. Learn how mayonnaise is made from eggs -- a fun program for children through adu...
|Opening days / hours :||Tour hours: start at 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM, and 2:45 PM|
|Holidays :||Closed on weekends and holidays|
Umekou Peach, Pear, and Strawberry Farm is a highly popular and delightful strawberry picking farm located in Toyota City. A highlight of strawberry picking is the Akihime strawberries, which are sweet with hardly any tartness. The farm also grows Beni-Hoppe strawberries, which can be purchased in take-home packs. Strawberry picking can be enjoyed from January to late May. 45 minutes of all-you-can-eat strawberries is 1,600 JPY for...
|Opening days / hours :||January 3 – mid-May
Reception time: 10:00-14:00
|Holidays :||Irregular closings|
At Toyota Nature Sanctuary you can get close to nature, learn about the natural world, and find out about nature preservation. There are also various nature experiences and events, such as gatherings to observe forest animals or craft workshops using materials from nature.
|Opening days / hours :||[April to September] 9:00-17:30
[October to March] 9:00-16:30
|Holidays :||Mondays (open on holidays), December 28 to January 4|
Sanage Onsen is Aichi Prefecture's largest natural radon hot spring. The hot spring water rises up from 1,200 meters underground. Nicknamed "Medical Spring Water", it is also one of the few hot springs in Japan that you can drink. You can take in the radon spring water’s beneficial ingredients through the skin while bathing, through the lungs by breathing, and by drinking it. It is popular for its therapeutic effects. There are bathh...
|Opening days / hours :||Non-guest bathing facilities: Rock Bath Kinsen-no-Yu Weekdays: 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; Sat., Sun., national holidays: 8:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m. (Enter by 11:00 p.m.)|
|Holidays :||Open every day|