Korankei is a valley in Aichi Prefecture considered one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of autumn leaves in the Chubu region.
Forming the valley is the 254-meter-high Mount Iimori, home to a temple, the Kojaku-ji . In the 17th century, the chief priest of Kojaku-ji planted some maples along the temple access, prompting many local residents to do the same in the area.
Today visitors to Korankei can see the fruits of these past efforts in the form of a great fall scenario that peaks in mid to late November each year.
The best colors tend to appear around the paths along the Tomoe River on the west and south sides of Mount Iimori.
Visitors can also enjoy pleasant locations with border tunnels in combination with views of the river and the few bridges that cross it. The red bridge, Taigetsu-kyo, is the symbol of Korankei and an amazing place
During each fall tents are set up near a bridge, Tomoehashi, where nighttime illumination takes place from sunset until 9 pm. Events such as musical performances are held at Korankei Hiroba Open Space.
An attraction in the Korankei that is independent of fall colors is the Sanshu Asuke Yashiki Village , which preserves many old houses in a village atmosphere.
Visitors to the site can attend many workshops held in various homes and try to make some crafts such as bamboo baskets, straw sandals, indigo-dyed scarves and Japanese paper postcards, the washi.
Note that Korankei is extremely popular during the fall season, especially on weekends.
The recommendation is to go early when congestion is not yet so complicated. Later in the day there may be long lines of cars in front of crowded parking lots.
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