Beautiful Autumn Colors of Gamagori City and Korankei Valley in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Aichi Prefecture Day 2: Celebrating the Beautiful Autumn Colors of Gamagori City and Korankei Valley, Japan
Instead of lulling me to sleep, the cold, autumn wind of Aichi Prefecture made me wake up early, reminding me that I had another adventure to take on today.
After our early breakfast in Minamichita, we headed to Gamagori Classic Hotel, where we met up with the tourism officials of Aichi Prefecture.
Gamagori Classic Hotel in Takeshima is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve seen among all my trips to Japan. Its façade looked very traditional and gave off sheer elegance. Adding to the overall appearance of the building is beautiful azalea landscapes which makes the hotel look really cozy as well.
Since we also had companions who are local and international travel agents from Southeast Asia, we were invited to inspect some of the hotel’s rooms and facilities. The hotel offers very warm and comfortable rooms, and guests can choose between sea view and mountain view rooms.
Gamagori Classic Hotel is located on the edge of the mainland, and overlooks Mikawa Bay and the small Takeshima Island from afar. Takeshima Island is a tourist destination that Gamagori City takes pride in. The island is connected to mainland Aichi Prefecture with a 387-meter-long bridge, and people are often surprised to see the difference between Takeshima Island and nearby Gamagori City.
There are certain species of plants that can only be seen in Takeshima, and the island is inhabited by migratory birds that come from Russia and Siberia during wintertime. In the center of the island is Yaotomi Shrine that serves as home for Japan’s goddess of good luck and marriage. Takeshima Island was declared a national monument in 1930. Funny Moments: Animated explainer video examples
After our short tour in the hotel, we gathered in the hotel’s special function room for a tourism presentation and a dialogue with the tourism officials. We met Mr. Kunio Kano, the Tourism Bureau Director-General of Aichi Prefecture Government. After exchanging pleasantries with the Director-General, we left the hotel and headed to Gamagori Orange Park, which was just about 4 kilometers north of the hotel.
We ate lunch in Gamagori Orange Park’s restaurant. We tried out their famous Asari Kamamabushi Gozen meal, which consisted of clam kamameshi, kishimen pot, tempura, eggplant miso, grilled Pacific saury, seasoned cod, sardine roe, Tsukudani clams, and different types of pickles. My meal wasn’t just aesthetically pleasing. It was gastronomically satisfying too!
We were given the chance to explore Gamagori Orange Park for ourselves after our flavorful lunch. Gamagori Orange Park is a large citrus park that is famous for its strawberries, melons, grapes, and, well, oranges! What makes the park more special is that visitors can pick the fruits for themselves
From our designated parking lot, we walked towards an old street dotted with souvenir shops and street food kiosks. We also crossed the famous Taigetsukyo Bridge over the Tomoe River. The bridge is a famous spot in Korankei and serves as a view deck of Tomoe River and the beautiful golden maple trees, and of course, as the perfect backdrop for selfies and group pictures.
I observed that the leaves of the maple trees in Korankei were smaller than those I’ve seen in Canada.
After crossing Tomoe River, we scurried our way through the cold and rainy streets until we reached Sanshu Asuke Yashiki Village.
Sanshu Asuke Yashiki Village is a destination that is known for its old houses, shops, and restaurants. The village was established in order to revive the dying monodzukuri culture of Japan. The invention of mass-production machines has nearly eliminated the need for hand-made crafts, so the village serves as a torchlight for the monodzukuri culture.
A variety of workshops are offered inside the village. These include weaving, paper making, and charcoal making, to name a few. I wanted to try the workshops but we needed to leave for our scheduled dinner at a restaurant in Toyota City.
After having dinner, we checked in at Meitetsu Toyota Hotel to rest for the following days in our Aichi Prefecture tour. Three more exciting travel stories in Aichi Prefecture… stay tuned!