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    Matsudaira-go Enchi Park

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    Matsudaira-go Enchi Park is a five-acre expanse of greenery next to the main road in the village of Matsudaira, along the way from Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine to Kogetsuin Temple. The park was designed to represent the local landscape as it might have looked during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries when the Matsudaira family controlled these lands. Seasonal flowers bloom in the park from spring to autumn. There are cherry blossoms in March and April, iris and hydrangea in early summer, and bush clover (hagi) in autumn, when the red and yellow foliage also adds to the colorful scene. A small stream winds through the park into a small pond. Fireflies can sometimes be seen around the stream on evenings in June, and the pond provides a habitat for scarlet dwarf dragonflies.

    A path from the park’s western entrance leads to a bronze statue of Matsudaira Chikauji (d. 1394?), the founder of the Matsudaira family. Seven stone pillars stand along either side of the path. Together with the statue, they represent the eight generations of the Matsudaira family that preceded Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616), the ninth head of the family who went on to establish the Tokugawa family and the shogunate that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867.

    Closer to the eastern entrance is Tenka Jaya, a restaurant that serves basic meals like udon and soba noodles as well as sweets. Their tenkamochi are three small mochi rice cakes on a skewer that represent the “three great unifiers” of Japan: Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–1598), and Tokugawa Ieyasu. The covering of sweet red bean paste on the Ieyasu mochi cake indicates both his connection to Matsudaira-go and that he was the only one of the three who managed to establish an enduring government.

    Basic Information

    Address 〒444-2202
    Matsudaira-cho, Toyota City
    Cost Free admission
    Phone number 0565-34-6642 (Toyota City Department of Commerce and Tourism)
    0565-77-8089 (Matsudaira Tourism Association)
    Parking 100 parking spaces for passenger cars, 10 spaces for buses.
    Location Along the way from Matsudaira Toshogu Shrine to Kogetsuin Temple
    Directions by public transportation From Meitetsu Mikawa/Toyota Line Toyotashi Station, take the Toyota Oiden Bus bound for Onuma (下山・豊田線[大沼方面]Shimoyama-Toyota Line for Onuma), get off at Matsudaira-go (松平郷) and walk 5 minutes.
    Directions by car 15 min. from the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway Toyota-Matsudaira Interchange
    Related links Matsudaira-go Official Website (in Japanese)

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