Mt. Horaiji Shinshiro
Nancy invited me to see the autumn leaves at Mt. Horaiji in Shinshiro. It wasn’t that far from Toyohashi by car, about an hour or so.  We spotted some monkeys on the road up to the main parking area. The Autumn leaves were beautiful and we also met a few other foreigners who were visiting the area. When we were leaving the cars were lined up (about 30 cars back from the entrance). This destination was not only beautiful, but very popular.

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Here’s some information I found online about the destination.

Mt Horaiji, located in Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture, was formed by lava 20 to 15 million years ago. The mountain consists of dacite, pitchstone and other minerals found in the area.Mt Horaiji is located on the southern edge of dormant volcanos in Okumikawa. Horaiji Temple and Toshogu Shrine stand as venerated sites on the slopes of the mountain. Moreover, religious relics such as an old mirror have been found here.

The main building of Horaiji was scorched by fire many times and in Showa 49, the present building was completed. Toshogu Shrine is associated with the Tokugawa family and the third general, Iemitsu, built it for his father, Ieyasu. You have to climb 1425 stone steps to visit the shrine.

For each of the four seasons, Mt Horaiji has a highlight. It is famous as a good place to enjoy the red leaves of autumn and, in November, a Maple Festival is held here to which many people come.