A colleague told me about Korankei in Asuke, Toyota City after he’d been there with his family. He described it as a quiet, peaceful place with a river, and suitable for hiking. In my quest to spend more time outdoors each week, I decided to visit on a Sunday a couple of weeks ago.

The scene was anything but quiet because it was the weekend of the Asuke Matsuri. I still enjoyed the visit (despite the crowds) but look forward to going back to enjoy the fall colours. It took about an hour to get to Korankei there through a scenic route of curves and dips. It was a perfect day with blue skies, a light breeze , warm and sunny.