Iwaya Kannon is a detached part of Oiwa temple originally founded by Gyoki in 730 A.D. Since then the Guanyin buildings were revered by feudal lords including Tsunamasa Ikeda the lord of Okayama castle who also built Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the Top 3 Japanese Gardens. Legend has it that when Lord Tsunamasa was staying at Shirasuka-shuku the...more
Iwaya Ryokuchi Park is a natural park about 20 ha in area. The park includes two hill peaks Okurayama, about 100 meters in elevation and Iwaya-san a craggy hill with kannon statue on top. Walking paths crisscross the greenery and some of the visitors enjoy jogging. The park area is also home to a wide variety of wildbirds and it is one of the...more
The Museum opened in 1980 is one of the few places in Japan dedicated to exhibiting mineral stones and it is free of charge to enter. The entrance part like exploring into the cave was excellently made but what I do not like is the exhibition rooms. It has been outdated and there must be something done to attract more visitors. Besides there is no...more
It is hard to find some places to dine around Futagawa-shuku area. You may have to find them along Prefectural Route #3 running about 300 meters north of Futagawa-shuku Honjin Museum. I happened to find a cafe restaurant after walking up north, turn left and walk along the Prefectural route #3. As many of the cafe restaurants in Aichi prefecture they serve what they call MORNING menu until past eleven(up to 11:30 a.m. to be more exact). I ordered the set menu with two onigiri rice balls wrapped with seaweed(laver). The set menu also has drink either coffee or black tea, a cup of miso soup, salad bowl, and orange jelly as a dessert. The total price is 530 yen. Not bad for what Japanese call Morning menu. From 11:30 a.m. They serve lunch menu.
Most of the Nagoya residents seems to start Toyokawa and Toyohashi tour from Toyokawa Inari because Toyokawa Inari is located at convenient place both for drivers and train travelers. From Toyokawa Inari get to the Toyokawa station of Iida Line. Take Iida line train bound for Toyohashi. From Toyohashi station change trains for JR Tokaido Maine...more
From Tokyo and eastern part of Japan, first take Shinkansen Express Kodama and get off at Hamamatsu and change trains to local JR train bound for Toyohashi, or occasionally Ogaki. Futagawa is the next station of Shinjohara. From Nagoya and western part of Japan such as Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima, take Shinkansen Kodama Express at Nagoya and change...more
Toyohashi Shizen Hodou is a local scenic trail along the Yumihari Mountains(Kosai Alps). Futagawa is the other end of the scenic trail often as the goal of the hike.
**Yumihari Mountains area is a part of Prefectural Park.
Major mountains and passes.
Mt. Higashi(258m) the southernmost peak of this mountain area.
Honsaka Pass...a pass on the Himekaido.
Bougamine(446m)...highest peak on this trail.
Nakayama Pass...the northernmost pass of this scenic trail.
If you live or stay in Nagoya, Toyota or Okazaki, starting from Toyokawa Inari and you can have time for Non Hoi Park.As far as I have read blogs written by Japanese, Tokokawa Inari and Non Hoi Park combination seems to be popular and doable. And a number of the tour operators in Japan organize a tour with both attractions.
When you start from Futagawa and visit Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Garden, better known as Non Hoi Park, take three or four hours to enjoy the amusement park. If you also like to visit either Futagawa Honjin Museum or Toyohashi Park and Yoshida Castle, leave the park for Futagawa station around 2 p.m. just in time to take time for the museum. If you would like to visit Toyokawa Inari also leave the park around 2 or 3 p.m. the latest. Take aside about one hour for transportation to either Toyohashi Park(about 20 minutes walk from the station) and Toyokawa Inari (you need to change trains at Toyohashi). The reason why I suggest Toyohashi Park or Toyokawa Inari as the last to visit is the time restaint. Museums in Japan is usually closes at 4 or 4:30 p.m. that means you would have to leave the amusement park in time for the museum opening time. So when you leave the amusement park around 3 p.m. the only thing you can so in Toyokawa Inari is stroll around the temple precinct. You can't visit all four places in a day using public transportation I guess. If you would like to visit both Toyohashi Park and Toyokawa Inari cut the amusement park and visit Futagawa Honjin Museum instead.