Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki station is one of the gateway to Korankei, one of the most popular autumn leaves sites in Japan. The bus to Korankei takes about one hour(during autumn leaves season maybe 2-3 hours) and to see the Korankei gorge views exit at KORANKEI bus stop. Asuke town has some interesting places to see other than the gorge, and I will introduce them in my Toyota page later. To avoid heavy traffic during peak season, the best way is to avoid weekends and National Holidays during mid November to early December. Bus fee is 800 yen for adult(12 or over) and 400 yen for children(under 12).
**Additional buses are run for Korankei until December 2 in 2012 season.
To get to the Okazaki Castle, the best place to start is from Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki station where also super express trains stop. To get to Higashi Okazaki Station from JR Shinkansen Express or local train, change trains either at Toyohashi(From Eastern part of Japan, such as Hamamatsu, Hakone, Kamakura, Tokyo and Nikko) and Nagoya from western parts of Japan such as Gifu, Takayama, Hikone, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe). After exiting from North exit of the Higashi Okazaki station first go northward to find Oto River. After reaching the bridge of Oto river go down the road along the river and go downstream. After about ten minutes walk you will find a bridge where a lot of wildbirds are approaching. Cross the Chinsuibashi bridge and reach the other side of the riverbank. You will soon find the entrance of Okazaki castle and a nice red-railed bridge. From Higashi Okazaki station to Okazaki Castle donjon it will take about twenty minutes on foot.
Incidentally, Rokusho Shrine is only five minutes on foot from Higashi Okazaki station south exit. If you have time also get there before visiting Okazaki Castle.
The bus for Higashi Park departs from Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki station. Exit the station at the north exit and find #2 gate. Take #31 bus which runs two buses an hour. Exit at Higashi Koen Kita bus stop. The bus fare is 230 yen for adult and 120 yen for children(under 12).
#Infant(1-6years old) and Baby fares: In Meitetsu Bus Line for local transits, following fare system is applied to children 6 or under. When accompanied by an adult or a child(elementary school children) two infact fares will be free of charge.
One adult and one or two infants: One adult fare: 230 yen
One adult and three or more infants: One adult fare and one or more(subtracting two) child fares
*One adult and four infants: 230+120*2=470 yen.
One children and two infacts: 120 yen.
Two infacts only: 120*2=240 yen.
A Baby(under one year old) is free of charge.