Horaiji, and Atera-no-nana-taki (Aichi)
Tour Code: OK1106
Tour Fee: 8900 Discount Price: 7400
Date: Friday, November 6th
Hiking: Today’s climb is to Horaiji, a temple more than 1300 years old, nestled in the cliffs east of Okazaki, deep inside the Tenryu Oku-Mikawa National Park. It is difficult to get to, but our students consistently tell us that it is one of the most beautiful places in Japan they have visited.
One of Japan’s best kept secrets. To get to Horaiji, we climb a staircase hewn from stone in the 8th century, up to the famous “mirror rock”. After a break, we climb to the Oku-no-in, at the top of the cliffs, with spectacular views.
In addition to Horaiji, we also get to explore one of the finest Toshogu shrines left in Japan, in a grove surrounded by towering cedars, all of which were planted in the mid-17th century, at the time of the construction of the Toshogu.
From Horaiji, we head to Atera-no-nana-taki, a gorgeous 7 stage waterfall that is listed as one of the “Nihon no taki hyakusen” – the 100 top waterfalls of Japan. Japanese people like lists! At the end of the day, we can refresh with a soak in the hot spring waters of Yuya Onsen, which includes an outdoor roteｎburo, a “must do” Japanese experience. You need to bring a packed lunch, drinking water, rain gear, and good walking shoes (sneakers should also be OK) or hiking boots. A reasonable level of physical fitness is required for this tour. Please note that tour fee includes onsen entry and towel, and you get to keep the towel as a souvenir.
Departs: East Exit, JR Okazaki Station, 8:30am. Returns: 7:00pm (approx)
Mode of transport: Minivan or Microbus
Deadline for Discount Price: 28 days prior
Tour Code: OK1106 (needed for application form below)