Korankei Valley of Nagoya
Korankei Valley is situated in the Asuke district of the Toyota City in Aichi prefecture. This place is the most beautiful site of Nagoya to be visited during the autumn season. It is a bit difficult to access this area. From the Nagoya station, this place could be accessed by the subway train and then travelling by bus. Even though people visit this area during almost all seasons, it is during the month of November that the visitors come in large numbers to this valley.
The Momiji Matsuri ( Autumn foliage festival) of the Korankei valley starts from October and lasts during the entire month of November. But it is from the middle of the month that the place achieves its beauty at its peak. This is the time when the autumn adorns the nature of this valley with its entire aesthetic sense. Korankei is the valley of the Mount Iimori where the ancient Buddhist temple Kojakuji is situated.
The Kojakuji temple and the Korankei valley surrounding it is a treasure of nature during the Japanese autumn season. The scenery created by the colourful maple trees at the banks of the Tomoe River with its reflections in the water is a breathtaking view. There is a bridge across the Tomoegawa named as the Taigetsukyo hashi. This bridge painted in red colour along with the nature’s reddish appearance surrounding it together creates a great sight in this region. From this bridge we could experience the most beautiful views of this area.
There are maple trees planted on both sides of the pathways and along the banks of the river. The reddish and orange colours of these maple trees when reflected by the clear water of the Tomoegawa bring the visitors to a beautiful world of colours. As autumn itself is the season of colours all around us, the specially set environment of this area exaggerates this beauty. There are also some golden yellowish coloured Ginko trees in this valley which add up to the spectacular appearance of this majestic scenery.
During the autumn season, special lighting will be held after 5pm until 9pm everyday. This is the main attraction that is bringing most tourists to this valley. The lightings along with the colours and its reflections at the darkness of the night cover this entire area in a reddish tinted appearance. There will also be some special programs conducted in the area during these festive seasons. There are walking trails situated at the mountain top and walking through these trails in between the maple trees all around us provides another great experience. There are areas suitable for picnicking and setting barbeques on the bank of the Tomoe River.
A small Edo period village named as the Sanshu Asuke Yashiki is situated at the banks of Tomoegawa that has a lot of old houses and shops. This is a very old village area with some farmhouses, watermills, warehouses, as well as a small castle named the Asuke castle. Some of the buildings in this village are conducting workshops on making traditional items. There are paper postcards, sandals, baskets made out of bamboo etc. made in these places. Visitors can join these workshops and learn making these traditional items.
It is said that the maple trees found in this valley were planted by the eleventh priest of this temple named as the Sanei Osho and some old residents of this place. There are around 4000 maple trees all around this valley that covers the temple and the surroundings. While in Nagoya, it will be a worth visiting site during the autumn foliage.