The Fudogataki Waterfall in Fudogataki-en Park in Koda Town, Aichi Prefecture, is an artificial waterfall with a height of 6 m and a width of 5 m. The park is a part of Mikawa Bay Quasi-National Park.
Clear stream that springs out of Mt. Tobone flows down gently over an artificial stone wall built in the park. Though the water volume is small, water is cold even in summer and provides a fine and safe bathing pond for children.
Surrounded with fresh green trees, Fudogataki-en Park is designed to utilize natural land features. As the park is equipped with a camping site for 60 people, cooking facilities, kiosks and picnic shelters, visitors can fully enjoy various outdoor activities. The Waterfall Festival is held in July every year.
Kaore Gorge is a 0.5 km gorge along the Kaore Kaido road and the Otogawa River in the northern part of Sakuragata Town in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. It is a scenic spot where you can enjoy seasonal changes in the scenery including cherry blossoms in early spring, Koinobori (carp streamers) in May, tender green in summer and crimson foliage in fall.
Especially beautiful is the cherry blossom season, when the entire gorge is colored pale pink by about 80 Somei Yoshino cherry trees. From April through May, about 200 carp streamers are set out over the upstream of the river, which create a wonderful landscape. In summer, you can enjoy forest bathing in brilliant fresh green together with refreshing sound of clear water and fresh air. The best hiking season is from the middle of November to early December, when the gorge is surrounded with beautiful autumn leaves.
Lake Okuyahagi located near the southern border of Gifu Prefecture is a dam lake formed by Yahagi Dam constructed in 1970. It functions as the downstream reservoir of Yahagi- Daiichi (No.1) and Daini (No.2) Electric Power Plants, which employs pumped-up hydropower. It is always full of water and provides water for the surrounding areas.
Nature remains intact in the area around the lake. A variety of small animals inhabit in the mountains, while Amago and pale chub live in the clear stream. The landscape of the lake changes from season to season. A lot of visitors come to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves from mid to late November. It is the scenic spot, where various outdoor activities can be enjoyed.
Okhotsk Garden is a part of Monbetsu Park located in the central part of Monbetsu City, Hokkaido. The landmark of the park is an observatory for draft ice, from which you can command a panoramic view of the Sea of Okhotsk. In contrast to Monbetsu Park with open environment, Okhotsk Garden has a taste of a traditional Japanese garden with three artificial waterfalls, which flow down on the rocky cliffs. Walking through the grove of trees, you will loose sense of time in the gentle sounds of tremulous leaves. A lot of visitors come to enjoy natural beauty that changes from season to season; cherry blossom viewing in spring, the cool evening breeze in summer, and the crimson foliage in autumn. The garden is counted as one of 8 Fine Views in Monbetsu.
The Sendai River flows in the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture. It has the largest watershed area and is the second longest river in the prefecture. The river springs out of Mt. Okinoyama in the Chugoku Mountains, then flows to the north joined by several tributary rivers, runs through the central part of the Tottori Plain, and finally pours into the Sea of Japan.
It is well known that Tottori Sand Dunes have been formed by the one hundred thousand years of sediment of sand that was carried by the wind and the Sendai River. The prefecture’s largest pond, Koyamaike Pond, was also formed by the sedimentation of the Sendai River and the resulting extension of the sand dunes. It can be said that the Sendai River is the mother river that has created the representative scenic spots of the prefecture.
As the Sendai River is famous for Ayu fishing, a lot of anglers come to enjoy fishing all through the year. There being few artificial structures built in this river, it is a popular place for canoeing, too.
Mt. Kinkei in Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate Pref. is an elegant, conical, 60-meter-high mountain. When the famous haiku master Matsuo Basho visited Hiraizumi, he expressed his impression of this historic site that, “only Mt. Kinkei retains its form.” It is said that Mt. Kinkei is an artificial mountain built by Hidehira in a single night. Legend has it that a pair of golden chicken statues has been buried at its peak. These legends seem to be based on the sutra mound near the apex. The evidence suggests that more than nine individual sutra mounds were created over the century from the reign of Kiyohira to that of his great-grandson Yasuhira. Due to these sutra mounds, Mt. Kinkei was a holy mountain dedicated to the protection and pacification of Hiraizumi. However, the site was badly disrupted by the random diggings in 1930, and its details have remained a mystery. A pot containing a sutra, which was made in Atsumi Peninsula, was excavated from the site. It is now displayed at Tokyo National Museum.
The Nagoe-kiridoshi is an ancient passageway located between Kamakura and Zushi in Kanagawa Prefecture. Kamakura has many kiridoshi: man-made passageways for defensive purposes. The Nagoe-kiridoshi is one of the seven major kiridoshi in Kamakura, and reaches from Boso to Rokuura.
'Nagoe' means 'difficult pass', owing to the fact that the route involved some climbing.
An 'okirigishi', or man-made carved cliff, some 300m long, can also be found in the vicinity. Formerly a rock quarry, it was carved into a barricade with much labor, evidence that the Nagoe-kiridoshi was a vital defensive position.
After the Edo period, the Asaina-kiridoshi was turned into the central road for traffic and, in turn, the Nagoe-kiridoshi was forgotten. This is one of the reasons why it has kept its original form for many years. The Nagoe-kiridoshi is an ancient passageway that has been designated a National Monument, and which even now, retains its distinct historical atmosphere.
The Asaina-kiridoshi is an ancient passageway located between Junisho in Kamakura, and Kanazawa-gun in Yokohama, both in Kanagawa Prefecture. The passageway is designated a National Monument.
In Kamakura, there are many passageways for defensive purposes called kiridoshi. The Asaina-kiridoshi connects Kamakura with Kanazawa and Rokuura, and is said to be one of the seven greater kiridoshi in Kamakura.
The name Asaina-kiridoshi comes from Yoshihide Saburo Asaina who, during the 2nd year of the Ninji era (1241) and under the command of Masatoki Hojo, was said to have built the road in a single night.
The road was constructed during a time of dispute between the Hojo and Miura clans. The Hojo clan was in need of a road connecting with the Rokuura port, and leading to Boso without passing through the Miura Peninsula.
The Asaina-kiridoshi still retains its distinct historical atmosphere, and reminds those who walk on it of the culture and life of the Kamakura period.