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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.|
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...
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.|
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 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|
Stroll through 28 different themed gardens, including a natural garden, a Japanese garden, and a rose garden. Created on over 4,000 square meters of land, enjoy the soft sunlight that illuminates the beautiful scenery in each of the four seasons.
|Opening days / hours :||10:00 to 17:00|
*Open every day in April, May, and November
Stretching out along the Yahagi River, it is one of the city’s most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing. In the spring, its more than 450 cherry trees come into bloom, turning the entire area pink. In winter, it becomes a hotspot for wild birds, where waterfowl such as wild ducks and wagtails gather. The cycling course running from Suigen Park to the Toyota Arrows Bridge, Foresta Hills, and other spots is also recommended.
|Opening days / hours :||All day|
This family-friendly park is equipped with tourist facilities centered on Kuragaike Pond. It is accessible from the adjoining Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Kuragaike Parking Area, making it very convenient. Making the most of the rich natural environment of Aichi-Kogen Quasi-National Park, the vast grounds have a variety of appealing facilities, including a zoo, botanical garden, guest ranch, a “play house” for children’s play activities, a...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00 to 17:00
10:00 to 16:30
Petting Zoo Hours:
13:10 to 14:50
|Holidays :||December 29 to December 31
Botanical Garden & Petting Zoo:
Elevation: 629m. Mt. Sanage has been worshiped as a sacred mountain since ancient times. The main Sanage-jinja Shrine at the foot of the mountain, and the eastern and western shrines on the mountain slopes are collectively known as Sanage Sanja Daimyojin. There are also many notable spots, including the summit of Mt. Sanage, with its views of Mt. Haku and Mt. Ontake in the distance; huge boulders and stones like the boat-shaped Ofu...
|Opening days / hours :||Open all day|
Oshikawa Waterfall is a calming spot where you can enjoy the rushing sound of water falling from a height of 8 meters combined with dynamic scenery. One of the unique features of this waterfall are the footpaths above and below the waterfall basin, allowing visitors to walk up close and view the waterfall from various angles.
|Opening days / hours :||Observation hours all day|
Starting in December of each year, columns are set up in a waterfall near Oidaira Park (Rokurogi) and water is poured over them every day to create enormous icicles, creating a frozen waterfall sculpture (hyobaku) that can be seen only in the winter. When illuminated at night, the ice sparkles with a mystical glow. It is gathering attention as one of the Inabu District's new attractions.
The virgin forest of Mennoki, filled with beech trees over 300 years old, is designated as a Special Protection Area of Tenryu-Okumikawa Quasi-National Park. When weather conditions such as subfreezing temperatures align, soft rime covers the trees as they sparkle beautifully in the early morning sun. The observation deck offers views of Mt. Fuji on some days.
Approximately 370 meters of walking paths lined by wisteria flowers, offering entrancing and beautiful views of the blossoms from late April to early May. A wisteria festival is held during Golden Week, when the wisteria flowers are in full bloom.
A facility filled with a variety of gardens such as Japanese gardens and rock gardens where visitors can enjoy flowers and nature year-round. Training, classes, and advice are offered to help promote greenery in homes and workplaces as well. Four expansive lawns totaling 2.6 hectares are also a draw. The adjacent Showa Forest was created to celebrate the 50th year of Emperor Showa's reign. Barbeque sites, athletic equipment, and more...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Barbeque sites 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Showa Forest Koryukan)
|Holidays :||December 29 to January 1
Some facilities are closed on Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
Korankei is famous as a location for fall foliage. The best time to see the foliage is from mid-November through late November, and there are many signature sights to see, such as a tunnel of foliage spanning from the promenade to Kojaku-ji Temple, as well as a display of illumination from the Tomoebashi Bridge. In spring, there is a lovely carpet of dogtooth violet that covers the grounds. You can also see beautiful scenery when the...
|Opening days / hours :||All-day tours|
This folk culture museum opened in 1980. The former villa of a wealthy farming family has been reproduced here, with the rear house, main house, and bamboo house featuring a thatched-roof, wooden construction. The Asuke Mansion reproduces the handmade aspects that were a part of mountain life in the region, among them charcoal brazier cooking, traditional paper making, Kiji, and weaving. Ten different handicrafts are demonstrated by ...
|Opening days / hours :||9:00-17:00 (doors close at 16:30)|
|Holidays :||Thursday (or following day if falling on a holiday), year-end/New Year (12/24-1/2), third Wednesday of June, 12/16, and other irregular closings/openings|