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  • Goyu Pine Avenue Viewed From Mikawa Furusato Park
    Goyu Pine Avenue Viewed From Mikawa...
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Toyokawa Things to Do

  • Toyokawa Park

    Other names: Toyokawa Sports ParkToyokawa Park is a place with some sports stadiums and a swimming pool. It is a popular place to jog and walk a dog as well. The park is best known by the avenue of cherry trees at the south side of the park spanning about one kilometer.

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  • Ebisenbei and Chikuwa Republic

    Ebisenbei and Chikuwa Republic is one of the most popular stopover for Bus tourists on their way to Nagoya or Gifu areas from Tokyo. Ebisenbei is the collective name for cracker snacks using ground ingredients from lobsters, bean starches and wide variety of materials to add flavor. You can also try free-sample snacks before buying. It is only 100...

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  • Rows of Pine Trees At Goyu

    In Aichi prefecture you can find some nice rows of black pines along the Old Tokaido Road. Goyu Pine Avenue is by far the most well-known Tokaido Pine avenue. These pine trees has been duly taken care of by local residents despite some Typhoon damages and series of pine-eating pest outbreaks they managed to preserve beautiful pine trees as it is...

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  • Sakuragaoka Park

    Sakuragaoka Park located about one kilometer west of Toyokawa Inari serves as a cultural space for Toyokawa residents. It has a local museum called Sakuragaoka Museum, tea house called Shinshin-tei, and huge lawn area and playground for children. It seems that when the tea house is occupied you cannot enter the garden as well. Tea house is open to...

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  • Saimyoji Temple

    Buddhist temple originally founded by Jisho(Ooe-no-Sadamoto) about 1,000 years ago, is best known by the monument of Erwin Baelz a German internist who wrote the essay on his life in Japan during late 19th century. The temple also has a nice landscape garden said to have been designed by Enshu Kobori, a late 16th to early 17th century tea master...

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  • Sanagawa Embarkment

    Sanagawa river runs about one kilometer west of Toyokawa Inari. Its river embarkment is best known as one of the best cherry-viewing sites in Toyokawa. Even off-season the riverside trail is really nice to walk on. Riverbank areas are constantly mown so that you can enjoy the seasonal flowers. Kanaya (Pedestrian's Bridge) area, in particular, is...

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  • Old Tokaido Walk: Akasaka and...

    Walking along Old Tokaido post stops of Akasaka(#36) and Goyu(#35) is one of the top five most popular Old Tokaido segments. I took the route written in my 30-year-old hiking guidebook(in Japanese). I also stopped by some of the places not mentioned in that guidebook. From Meiden Nagasawa Station to Kou station.Length: 13.3 kilometers(According to...

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  • Mount Miyaji

    Before the current Tokaido Route was established, people crossed the Mount Miyaji to go westward. Ancient Tokaido highway is now one of the popular hiking trails for both Toyokawa and Okazaki residents. Mount Miyaji is a twin-peaked mountain and its southern peak has the innermost shrine and its northern peak is the summit of the mountain, 362...

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  • Higashi-mikawa Furusato Park

    The park opened in 2006 is located about 15 minutes walk south from Goyu-shuku street. Yet it is a popular park to stop by for Old Tokaido Walkers. The park is designed with Old Tokaido setting and even playsets in the park reminds me of old Japanese buildings. I didn't have so much time to explore but I enjoyed the pathways around Japanese Garden...

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  • Sanmyoji Temple(Toyokawa Benzaiten)

    Sanmyoji Temple was founded around the reign of Emperor Shomu around 694 to 702 A.D. by the decree of the Emperor as a Shingon(Esoteric school of Buddhism) temple. During late 14th to early 15th century ruined old temple was reconstructed by a zen priest Mumon Gensen, also the son of Emperor Godaigo. During the rule of Imagawa Clan from late 14th...

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  • Fox Mound of Toyokawa Inari

    Fox mound(Reikozuka) of Toyokawa Inari is what draws so many visitors from all over the world to this zen temple. More than 800 sets of fox statues are erected mostly because the visitors would like to thank the fox deity to have made their wishes come true. It reminds me of the way people show gratitude by donating Manekineko figuries to Gotokuji...

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  • Toyokawa Inari

    Toyokawa Inari was originally built as a Zen temple. One of the temple priests Kangan carved a deity seated on a white fox which came to him in a vision on his way back to Japan from China. This deity is still worshipped here today. The worship of Inari is a Shinto practice however, the temple also still remains a Soto Zen sect temple. The...

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  • Horakuden

    Toyokawa Inari Tip: The building made of conifer wood and with copper roof-tiles was built in 1824 as a prayer hall (Hannyaden) of former main hall (currently Okunoin). It was moved to current place when the newer Honden(Main Hall) was being built. The building has the area of 50 tsubo(165.29 sq. meters) and currently used for festival...

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  • Chozuya(Temizuya)

    Toyokawa Inari tip: Chozuya(also temizuya) is a purification place for visitors to wash their hands and mouth with ladles of water. Chozuya of Toyokawa Inari is also called Sousuiya. Chozuyas are often the staple of Shinto shrines but temples often have similar purification places like this temple. The only difference is followers do not follow...

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  • Portable Shrine Shed (Mikoshiden)

    Toyokawa Inari Tip:Portable Shrine shed of Toyokawa Inari houses a huge portable shrine(mikoshi) weighing 1.5 tons. The huge portable shrine had not been used since 1970 replaced by lighter 1.0 ton mikoshi. During spring festival of this year(2012) the huge portable shrine was carried by 100 bearers for the first time in 42 years.

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  • Jihoukan(Treasure Museum)

    Toyokawa Inari Tip: Castle-like building on the west side of the zen temple is called Jihoukan, a treasure museum. It is the only building in Toyokawa Inari that you need to pay admission fee(400 yen for adult). It has some paintings of Kazan Watanabe, and donated art objects and buddha statues, Japanese swords, and objects used by Echizen Ohka,...

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  • Fox Statues

    Toyokawa Inari Tip: As you look closely to the fox statues scattered around every corner of the zen temple, you will find some patterns in statue styles. 1 Standard Fox Statues: Simple, plain fox statues. 2 Family of Foxes: A set of statues with mother and her children3 Fox Holding a Scripture Scroll with His Mouth4 Fox Holding Chintamani with His...

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  • Donations from Worshipers

    Toyokawa Inari Tip: In Toyokawa Inari there are a lot of donated things on the premises of the temple including bell tower, three-storied pagoda and a lively turtle statue in the garden as mentioned in my other tips. Seeing those is part of the fun when you visit this zen temple. The most notale of which is huge red paper lantern hanging at the...

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    by cheesecake17 Written May 15, 2005

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    As you walk down the road toward the SHRINE you will see many little unique little stores..

    Many are small restaurant like the one in the picutre

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Toyokawa Transportation

  • From Toyokawa Inari to Akasaka

    Toyokawa Inari and Akasaka and Goyu areas are often toured together. After visiting Toyokawa Inari, take Meitetsu line to Nagoya and change trains to local train at Kou. Only local trains stop either Goyu, Meiden-Akasaka and Meiden Nagasawa Tokaido walkers often use to start the Tokaido hike. From Kou take local train bound for Higashi Okazaki. It...

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  • Getting to Toyokawa

    Getting to Toyokawa from Nagoya is quite easy because there is a direct train service available from Meitetsu Line. (See Rabbityama's tip for detailed info). From Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Tokyo and east side of Japan, however, you need to change trains at Toyohashi and take Iida line. Every Iida line train should stop at Toyokawa, but some trains are...

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  • Getting to Toyokawa

    Toyokawa is served by two train lines: JR Railway and Meitetsu Railway.On the Meitetsu Line, from Meitetsu Nagoya Station there are trains that go directly to ToyokawaInari Station. If you cannot catch the direct trains, you can go to Ko Station and then transfer to the Toyokawa Line to reach ToyokawaInari Station.The JR station is Toyokawa...

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Toyokawa Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    The road leading to Toyokawa Inari is lined with souvenir shops. There are a variety of items, including the typical souvenirs such as t-shirts, keychains (Kewpie foxes, Hello Kitty, etc.), and Inari-themed snacks. There are also masks, fox plushies, and many other fox-themed toys and merchandise.The Tourist Information Center is also located on...

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  • Sweets Shop Near Sakuragaoka Park

    When you make a walk visiting major parks in central area of Toyokawa, you may need someplace to buy sweets. I found such sweets shop near the Sakuragaoka Park when I walked from Toyokawa Inari to Cherry tunnel area. The shop has both traditional Japanese sweets such as yokan and some European ones such as Baumkuchens and Madeleines.

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  • Gifts and food

    Walking down the street from the station in Toyokawa or just in front of the main gate of the Toyokawa Inari Temple, there are lots of little gift shops and food ....ou can also find some little gifts at booth set up during festival times..like in pic#3. Here is a pic of one of those food items, cookies in the shape of a fox..:)..10 for...

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Toyokawa Local Customs

  • Onobori(Large Banners)

    A nobori is the type of banner which was originally used during battles to show the identity of family. Today traditional style of large banners can be seen during Shinto festivals. Often such banners stand higher than 10 meters tall. The largest onobori in Japan is about 23 meters in height. Banners are often carried during festivals and most of...

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  • Masugata(Right-angle-turn)

    When you walk in Old Tokaido road you might sometimes encounter the right-angle turn abruptly. Such right-angle-turn is called MASUGATA and it is often seen in castle grounds or post stations for security reasons. Some post stations have many such turns such as seven-turns in Kakegawa and twenty-seven-turn in Okazaki. It is one of the main reasons...

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  • What is Soto-Shu?

    Toyokawa Inari (Myogonji Temple) is one of the most popular Soto school of Zen Bhuddhist temples in Japan. Soto school of zen Buddhism is one of the three major schools of zen together with Rinzai and Obaku. While Rinzai zen Buddhists sought support from Shogun families, Soto zen buddhists defied such governmental support and instead sought for zen...

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Toyokawa Off The Beaten Path

  • Ichirizuka Mound At Nagasawa

    In Nagasawa area of Toyokawa there is a wooden monument which shows where the pair of Ichirizuka mounds used to be located. Ichirizuka mounds are the milestones built for Old Tokaido travellers to tell the distance from Edo. On top of the wooden monument there is a paintng that shows how the mounds used to be during Edo period.

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  • Hachioji Shrine

    The shrine at the foot of former mountain fortress is one of the Shinto-Buddhism hybrid shrines in Japan. The origin of the shrine was not known but as the wooden ridge tag of main hall shows the main hall was built in 1403. Thus it could be more than 600 years old. It was moved from former palace area to the current Ganrakuji fort area then owned...

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  • Sekai Shindo-kyo Headquarter

    Sekai Shindokyo is Shinto-related new religion in Japan founded in 1944 by Hide Aida. It is somewhat off-shoot of Tenrikyo based in Tenri, Nara. The headquarter of Sekai Shindo-kyo in Toyokawa is known among tourists who love to go to peculiar places. To get inside the grounds of the shrine you need to ask permission and they will give you a brief...

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Toyokawa Sports & Outdoors

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    by taigaa001 Updated Oct 6, 2012

    Higashi Mikawa Furusato Park located south of Goyu-shuku area is a nice place to jog, particularly if you would like to practice for serious running or triathlon races in Japan. The park's highest point is 190 meters and its mild-sloped walking trail to the top is about 2,500 meters long. You can also practice trail running in narrower paths crisscrossing the huge park area. Another great things about this park is there is no running cars nor bicycles so you can concentrate on your practice. One thing you have to care about is that it is a public park and don't let your running scare the visitors.

    The park has some challenging courses.
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A Marker for Ohyakudo
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Erwin Balz(Baelz) and Goyu
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Inari Park
Off The Beaten Path
Tsutenro
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Jokoro: Large Censer
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The Garden of Myogonji Temple
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Three-Storied Pagoda of Myogonji Temple
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Sanmon Gate
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Bell Tower
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From Toyokawa to Toyohashi
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TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
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Roof tiles
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DAIKOKUTEN DO
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SAISHODEN or great hall
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TSUTENRO
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Omikuji
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Honden
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TOYOKAWA KAKU SOMON
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The pond
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The GARDEN of MYOGONJI
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HATTO or main worship hall
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Toyokawa Inari Honden
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OKUNOIN
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The approach to the OKUNOIN or inner sanctuary
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HOUNDEN
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Jizo statues can be found all over Japan
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MIKAWA CLAY DOLLS
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MIKAWA PAPERMACHEE DOLLS
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RYUGANSHO or reception......
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There are 72 round pillars..
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Map of Toyokawa

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