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Takashi Ryokuchi Park and Mukaiyama Ryokuchi Park are often toured together, particularly during cherry viewing season. When I went to these park in mid December 2017, both parks are not that crowded so I can have a pleasant walk there. Mukaiyama Ryokuchi Park is close to Yagyubashi Station it takes about ten minutes from the station to get to the western edge of Mukaiyama Ryokuchi Park known for cherry orchard and plum garden. December is out of season and few people were there. Also I could rarely find the colored leaves there. Ten more minutes walk you could reach the pond area. Again few signs of fall leaves. And I took a rest at the playground with world monuments.
Takashi Ryokuchi Park in Toyohashi is one of the most popular parks in east Mikawa Area. It is easily reachable both by private cars and train and has nice children's playground, and nicely branched pine grove and nice lawn grounds to stretch your legs and relax. This equestrian grounds is one of the remnants that this area used to be the military training grounds for Japanese Imperial Army. Currently the local horseback riding club own this place and children enjoy watching the horses there.
The monument of Etsu Suzuki(1886-1933) and his second wife Toshiko Tamura (1884-1945) The monument was set up in 1985 and the monumental inscription was written by Jakucho Setouchi. Suzuki is one of the noted authors born in Toyohashi best known by Russian-Japanese translation of Tolstoy's "War and Peace".
Toyohashi has often been hit by gusty winds and some pine trees in this park often fell. But most of them survive and show off the coniferous trees' resilience to winds. If you like Bonsai and pine trees in general this park is a good place to visit.
This tree has nearly collapsed when the typhoon struck. It escaped the fate of being cut down and is now nicknamed as Tornado Pine.
This lawn area is one of my favorite places in this park. It has relaxing atmosphere and is good place for picnic, too.
The park has several children's playgrounds with play equipment. And this area seems to be most popular among them.
The trains come at least a few times an hour but be cautious just in case. When you are trapped by the crossing bars get out to either side immediately and do not panic.
Valor is one of the major supermarket chains near Nagoya area. It is based in Gifu and has 236 stores most of which are located in either Gifu or Aichi prefecture. Its Toyohashi store is really convenient shop for the park visitors for some picnic foods.
It is a nice playground for children when you view the cherry blossoms in early April.
It was December and cherry trees there barely have leaves. Such winter view of cherry orchard could be nice for you to have your own space without anyone's interference.
Adjacent to cherry orchard area of this park is a huge public cemetery. Go toward plum-blossom garden area before crossing the road to the cemetery.
Near the parking space of the cemetery I found the place to view colored leaves finally.
Between the Sakura-no-Hiroba or Cherry Orchard Area and Traffic Park Area there lies the huge cemetery area which may be intriguing for some. Plum Garden is at the north of the cemetery lined by sasanqua hedges.
Pink flowering hedges lined between the cemetery and plum garden is Camelia sasanqua. Sasanqua are often used as hedge trees.
It was December and out of season for plum blossoms. The only thing that was impressive there was the persimmon trees bearing sour fruits. Japanese call them Shibugaki and by the oblong shape of the fruit it could be Hachiyagaki late-bearing sour persimmon cultivar. Such sour persimmons are dried before they are fit to eat. Aichi Prefecture is the fourth largest producing area of dried persimmons, boasting 8-percent share. Dry persimmon trees as park ornamental plants may have come from the concept that persimmon is one of the symbols of fall harvest.
It is sort of children's playground for sure but it is the strangest of all. The playground area is filled with world monuments such as pyramid of Egypt, a Triumph Gate, Moai statues and the Great Walls of China. What's more intriguing is that it has some replicas of ancient Haniwa clay figures of Kofun period about 1,500 years ago in Japan. Haniwa are terra cotta clay figures often arrayed on the surface of the burial mounds. These Haniwa objects make this playground area really odd because these objects are not quite proportional to the other world monuments. While the other monuments are reduced size of the existing monuments most of the haniwa objects are nearly as the same size as the original clay objects. And the boat-shaped haniwa is mislabeled as "Noah's Ark". It might be one of the replicas of those unearthed from Saitobaru Burial Grounds of Miyazaki Prefecture given to here possibly as the token of friendship. Another haniwa figures from Saitobaru Kofun are at Hibiya Park, Tokyo. Anyhow children at the park seems to be enjoying monument shaped play equipment. Even adults find climbing at the pyramid enjoyable.
And the replica's exactness to the original has varying degrees. This obelisk was excellently reproduced while the camels and the Moais were poorly made.