2016 Japan fall trip (day 5)

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December 1

8:21 am – Got up
It was kinda hard to know when the sun was up without windows. At least my body knows how to get 8 hours of sleep.

9:24 am – Off we go…
…to Korankei.

As there is no direct route via public transportation, there are several options on how to get there. I used japan-guide’s very helpful page on Korankei to figure out which route to take.

Here’s another one of my references: Toyota Tourism Association page.

Nagoya station -> Higashi-Okazaki station (via train, non-μSky: 660JPY) -> Korankei (via bus, 800JPY) was the plan. Why this one? Random choice, I guess.

9:39 am – Meitetsu-Nagoya station

10:18 am – Higashi-Okazaki station
There were several bus routes going to different locations. Going in, I only knew I was supposed to hop on a bus to Korankei. When I saw the multiple timetables, I somehow got overwhelmed.

Located on the right side of the timetables are the fares. Directly above it is the route map. And to find out which bus to take, look further to the right.

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Timetables for the 7 (I think) bus routes

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The route map

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

I struggled with figuring out which bus to take. It took me over half an hour going back and forth on the timetables and route map looking for the Kanji for Korankei (香嵐渓).

When I finally managed to locate it, I learned the previous bus left 8 minutes before I had arrived (10:10 am).

Look for this timetable to figure out the bus schedule (check #8 below, bus going to Asuke 足助). Apologies if I only have an image of the weekday timetable. I decided to go on a weekday since I’ve read the place is famous for its autumn colors and it gets crowded on weekends.

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Bus to Korankei weekday schedule

Since I had a little over an hour to go before the next bus, I decided to walk around and explore a bit.

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Okazaki manhole design

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Gorgeous yellow tree

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Streets lined with gingko trees

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I counted 4,763 bicycles

1:25 pm – Korankei

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Welcome to Asuke

During my research I have come across a few images of Korankei (kinda hard not to). I was a tiny bit disappointed when I did not see the solid colors I was expecting.

It’s fine though, as it gives me another reason to come back.

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Still pretty though

As it was my first fall experience, I was still overwhelmed by the beautiful hues.

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Reeed

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Taigetsukyo bridge

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The bridge up close

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Pretty yellow gradients

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Ooh, Wi-Fi

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Me likey

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Pale red colors

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Follow the crowd to Korankei square

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My other house (I wish)

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Korankei square

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Stairs to Kojakuji temple

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The view from up the stairs

2:29 pm – Kojakuji temple

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The temple entrance

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The temple grounds

After getting the stamp (Shuin), I explored a bit and found a trail on the left side. I did not plan on hiking that day but the view seemed to get better the higher I went.

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Start of the impromptu hike

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The temple building’s roof

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A little bit higher

I was about to give up and go back down as it was quite some time since I had seen another person. A few minutes going back I came across these two.

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Shrine visitors

After that, I continued with the hike.

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A small shrine along the hiking path

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Going up

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More steps

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A little bit of yellow before going up some more

2:50 pm – Mt. Iimori

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There’s a rest area at the top

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Mt. Iimori’s height

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On the way down…

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Directions in Japanese

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Looks high

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Hard to go down while staring at the trees

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Everything’s covered in leaves

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No need for a rake

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Really beautiful…

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What’s it say?

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The trail ends near the parking lot

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The other side of the river

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Rest areas

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A dango. Yummy

3:55 pm – Asukehachimangu & Asuke shrines
The two shrines are close to each other and are on Toyota City Branch Office’s east side. When I got there, the omikuji (and shuin) shops were already closed.

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Asukehachimangu shrine torii gate

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Asukehachimangu shrine grounds

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Asuke shrine

4:11 pm – Korankei bus stop

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There’s a bench under the tree

It was still a bit early and I had around an hour before the bus came so like before, I decided to walk around a bit.

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Asuke manhole design

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Welcome to Korankei (late much?)

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Korankei parking lot

6:01 pm – Higashi-Okazaki station

6:58 pm – Meitetsu-Nagoya station

7:22 pm – Dinner
I ate at a Yoshinoya branch near the guesthouse. Would you believe the place only had four people working there?

7:52 pm – At guesthouse

11:23 pm – Sleep
Why so late? There were a few work inquires added on top of the usual charging of devices and moving of files.


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