Korankei (lit. "Fragrant Storm Valley") is a known beauty-spot outside Toyota city not far from Nagoya.
Korankei gets very busy in October and November, when visitors flock to see the autumn leaves. In summer, families with children come here to cool down in the river, in winter the fresh fish and soba noodle restaurants are the biggest draw.
There are over 4,000 Japanese maple trees in the area and the pathways and bridges are illuminated at night during the leaf-viewing season.
There are Meitetsu buses to Korankei, which is in an area called Asuke, though they are not frequent. If you are coming by car take route 153 from Toyota city.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008