4 stops for the journey to discover Japan autumn


In the autumn, visitors can go to Obara village to watch the seasonal-contrasted cherry season or experience the only two-storey cable car in Japan at Shinhotaka mountain.



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Doraemon's birthplace

Doraemon's birthplace

Located in Gifu Prefecture, Shirakawa is one of the villages recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site. It is highlighted by the Gassho residential architecture and the traditional lifestyle of the people.

More specifically, the village is also the place where author Fujiko F. Fujio composed the first series of Doraemon stories. The village's steep roof architecture also appears in several stories, so people call this place Doraemon Village. Photo: Siam Travel.
Doraemon's birthplace
The village has 114 ancient houses with Gassho architecture. The 50 cm thick thatch roof section is designed as hands clasped to fight snowstorms. The front of the house is 7 windows to catch the sun god and the fire in the middle symbolizes the gathering.

From a distance, the hidden roofs mixed with the mountains create a picturesque landscape. The fuzzy space in the early morning makes this place an inspiration for many photographers. Photo: Istock.
Obara Village, Aichi Prefecture

Obara Village, Aichi Prefecture

World famous Japan with cherry blossoms in spring. However, in Obara village, Aichi Prefecture, visitors can admire the impressive scenery with autumn cherry. This seasonal-contrasted blooming flower is the shikizakura, which only appears in Obara village. Each year, they bloom twice in March, April and November. Photo: Free JPG.
Obara Village, Aichi Prefecture
Throughout Obara Shikizakura Park, there are more than 10,000 cherry blossom trees reaching out, illuminating the pink and orange shadows in the clear stream. Here in November, visitors also have the opportunity to attend Obara Shikizakura festival. This event takes place in Obara Fureai Park in the first 3 weeks of the month with interesting activities such as: Washi drum festival day, Haiku poetry writing, tea ceremony, Koto listening and watching paintings. In addition, visitors can enjoy grilled eel rice and cherry blossom cake, two famous dishes of this region. Photo: Obara Tour.
Shinhotaka Mountain

Shinhotaka Mountain

The only two-storey cable car in Japan is located at an altitude of 2,156 m, on Shinhotaka Mount. Cable system connecting Shin-Hotaka-onsen hot spring to Nishi-Hotaka-dake mountain range. There are 2 routes: Ropeway 1 and Ropeway 2. In particular, the Ropeway 2 is the only 2-storey cable car in Japan. From here, visitors can "roam" in the air and see the scenery of vivid mountains and forests.

At the Shin-Hotaka-onsen stream station, the "Ropeway 1" step, you can relax your feet for free at hot tubs. When arriving at Shirakaba-daira station on the Ropeway 2, visitors will have the opportunity to take a dip in the open-air bath while waiting for a change of route. Photo: Jps Tours.
Shinhotaka Mountain
From here, visitors can admire the majestic autumn mountain scenery. In addition to the beautiful scenery, Shinhotaka also serves rich dishes made from Hida cows and pigs. This is also the specialty of this land. Photo: Food Cooking Around.
Korankei Valley

Korankei Valley

Located near Nagoya city, Korankei is one of the most beautiful autumn spots in Japan. With more than 4,000 maple trees from 11 different varieties, from the middle of November, the valley will be shiny "dyed" by autumn. The canopy of maple leaves drove down the road, creating a brilliant "tunnel" of autumn.

At the Tomoe River, visitors can admire the bright yellow color of ginkgo, surrounded by bridges. The Taigetsukyo bridge is one of the favorite photography spots in Korankei. Photo: Japan Hoppers.
Korankei Valley
During November, this place is always bustling with autumn festivals. In it, there must be live music performances; Food court and souvenir market. From 17h - 21h every day, hundreds of maple trees are lit with lights to bring to the brilliant scene. If you love the local cultural experience, you can go to Sanshu Asuke Yashiking village. Here, visitors should enjoy hot udon noodles or make traditional Japanese crafts such as bamboo baskets, straw sandals, handkerchiefs and postcards. Photo: Hyakunensou.

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