南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Seto city

Iwayado Park

Situated within the Aichi Highlands Quasi-National Park, Iwayado Park is a popular scenic spot, where a variety of natural scenery can be enjoyed, such as the flowering plants of each season, unusual rock formations, caves, and waterfalls. Many tourists come from far and wide to enjoy the profusion of pale pink cherry blossoms in springtime, and in autumn, the magical reflections of the autumn colors of the maple leaves in the water of the Torihara River.

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Even the pathway from the carpark to Iwayado Park is surrounded by trees dressed in their autumn colors. The four are all astonished. "It is amazing that less than an hour from Nagoya there is a place so full of natural beauty!"

They arrive at Iwayado Park after a walk of about five minutes from the carpark.

Iwayado is short for Iwayayama Yakushido, and is now part of the inner sanctuary of the Jogenji Temple. Initially, in 725AD, three Buddhist statues were carved inside a cave as a prayer for Emperor Shomu’s recovery from illness, and later the Iwayayama Healing Buddha Temple (Iwayayama Yakushi-Do) was established, with the Healing Buddha (Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai) installed as the principal image.

The Torihara River flows beside Iwayado. The sound of clear running water, clean air and beautiful autumn colors. "Just being here, it feels as if our spirits are being cleansed", the four agree.

Just behind the Iwayado is the Gyomyo-ga- taki waterfall. After taking some photos, Luis climbed up even further.

They cross the deep red bridge that spans the Torihara River and proceed into the park. The four really seem to enjoy the autumn colors. "We have autumn displays in America, Germany and Italy, but they don’t seem to be as spectacular, do they?"

There are many rest spaces throughout the park.

The students collected some fallen leaves as they enjoyed the autumn colors. They plan to take them home and press them.

Christine and Antonella try their hand at arranging the autumn leaves. Their completed bouquet becomes a lovely souvenir of Iwayado Park.