Toyota City is home of both a heavily industrialized and densely populated urban city and mountain villages
rich in nature, history, and culture.
You can enjoy seasonal changes in scenery and cuisine, like cherry and peach trees in spring, sweetfish and
blueberries in summer, maple leaves in autumn, and frosticles and frozen waterfalls in winter.
The city also has hot spring towns where you can relax, and typical experiences only posible in mountain village
will attract you.
In the mountain villages in Toyota City, various flowers like plum, peach, and cherry blossoms tell us of coming spring.
You can also see precious cherry trees, including the weeping cherry tree at Zuiryu-ji Temple, which is over 370 years old and a designated natural treasure of Aichi Prefecture.
The weeping cherry tree at Kogetsu-in Temple, which is said to have been hand-planted by Matsudaira Jirosaburo Motonobu (later known as Tokugawa Ieyasu).
There are also nearly 3,000 gorgeous weeping peach trees in the Kaminaka-cho of the Asahi District.
During Golden Week in May, the wisteria blooms and a "Wisteria Festival" is held in the Fujioka District, which is famous for its wisteria corridor.
Hirashiba Park Plum Festival (early to mid March), Nakata Naked Festival (1st Sunday of March)
Matsudaira Spring Festival (Saturday and Sunday before April 17th), dogtooth violets reach peak bloom in Korankei Gorge (mid March to early April)
Wisteria Festival (May 3rd - 6th), Nohara River Trout Fishing Festival (mid May)
A common sight in the summer in Toyota City are weirs (fish traps).
It is an old-fashioned method of fishing, using piles, stones, and bamboo laid from the river banks to steer the flow of the river and block the path of fish to catch them.
There are several sightseeing spots including "Hirose Weir", "Shirasagi Weir", and "Shimoyama Hirase Weir", where you can grill and eat fish caught in the river and enjoy barbecue, relaxing in the middle of nature.
You can also enjoy picking blueberries at farms in the Inabu District from early July to early September.
Hirose Weir (early April to early October)
Shirasagi Weir (early July to late October), Shimoyama Hirase Weir (early July to mid October)
Azo no Nenbutsu Dance (mid August), Inabu Festival (August 15th & 16th)
The two great sights of Toyota City in autumn are Koran-kei Gorge and the four seasons cherry trees of Obara.
At Korankei Gorge, where you can enjoy various maple leaf scenery along the valley, there are nearly 4,000 maple trees of 11 different varieties, such as, Irohamomiji and Ohmomiji varieties of Japanese maple.
You can find different aspects to enjoy depending on time in a day, including the mirror image of maple leaves reflected on the river during the day and illumination that turns the whole mountain gold at night.
The Korankei Gorge Maple Leaves Festival is held in November when the colors reach their peak.
See the four seasons cherry trees of Obara bloom twice per year, in spring and autumn.
The combination of four seasons cherry tree blossoms and colorful maple leaves turning the mountains to pink in whole view, make for breathtaking scenery.
There is also an "Obara Four Seasons Cherry Tree Festival" held here in November.
Toyota Sangyo Festa (late September), Matsudairago Moon Gazing Festival (late September)
Mennoki Beech Virgin Forest Autumn Leaves (late October), Kodama Shrine Autumn Festival (October 21st)
Oidaira Park Maple Leaves Festival (late October to late November)
Mennoki Virgin Forest has been designated as a special protected area of the Tenryu Okumikawa Quasi-National Park, with beech trees that are over 300 years old.
You can even see Mt. Fuji from the observation deck on some days.
From mid December to mid February, you can see the trees turned white with fantastic frosticles.
Also, massive icicles form on waterfalls near Oidaira Park (Rokurogi) in the Inabu District, and the mystical frozen waterfalls lit up at night have become quite popular (January and February).
Frosticles in Mennoki Virgin Forest (mid December to mid February)
Kodama Shrine New Year's Festival (January 1st), Matsudairago Festival to Taste Spring Nanakusagayu (rice porridge with seven herbs) (early January)
Matsudairago Tenka Festival (early February), Yukimi Kaido Inabu (Snow Lantern Event) (early February)