Fall Colors at Oyada Momiji Valley(1)
If you are looking to get out and enjoy the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of the autumn season, there are many sites in Gifu that come recommended. One of the lesser known locations amongst foreign tourists, however, is the Oyada Momijidani (Oyada Japanese Maple Valley), and its famed Oyada Shrine.
Tucked away in a rural part of Mino City, Gifu, the magnificent Japanese maples that dapple the landscape surrounding Oyada Shrine are not a sight to be missed. The area is populated by over 3,000 yama momiji, or the acer amoenum variety of maple trees, with some plants exceeding 1,000 years in age. The area is so impressive that it was designated a “natural monument” of Japan in 1930.
The best time to enjoy the radiant vermillion and apricot colored leaves at Oyada Shrine is in mid-November.
TRAVEL HINT: To get a taste of the local culture and history, the ideal day to visit is November 23rd, Japan’s National Labor Thanksgiving Day. Why? Because on this day, Oyada Shrine hosts the Hinkoko Puppet Performance. Local snacks including goheimochi (mochi rice on a stick, with sauce) and ki-no-medengaku (tofu on a stick with sauce)are sold from November 1st to December 5th.
Mino Station (Nagaragawa Railway) → Gifu Bus on Takami Line (高美線)→ Get off at Oyada Jinja Mae/大矢田神社前 bus stop (30 min. bus ride)
Tokai Hokuriku Expwy Mino IC → West on Route 94 (towards Gifu City)→ Right at “東端” intersection, go straight.
2596 Oyada, Mino City, Gifu
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