Every season, mountains and rivers change their expressions and trees in temples and shrines change their colors. Kawachinagano has a lot of spots where you can feel seasonal natures.
[Spring] The Eightfold Cherry Trees of Amami
As you exit the ticket gate of the Nankai Koya Line’s Amami Station and turn left, you are greeted by a beautiful promenade of yae-zakura (“eightfold cherry”) trees. Colored a deeper pink still than the famous Yoshino cherries, the blossoms’ petals appear to be multilayered, giving them the name “eightfold cherry”. The trees have an elegant and beautiful atmosphere. The saplings, gifts from the people of Kawachinagano, were planted by hand, and this promenade is the pride and joy of the city.
[Summer] The 48 Waterfalls of Takihata
Around the area of Takihata, famous for its dam, are a large number of waterfalls, great and small, such as “Otaki”, and “Arataki” (pictured), which show beautiful facets of the running water all over this forested area. Why not take a stroll surrounded by the gorgeous nature of this rich forest with its many wonderful waterfalls? There are also places where you can camp or have a barbecue.
[Autumn] The Pampas Grass of Mt. Iwawaki
Kawachinagano has made a name for itself as home to Mt. Iwawaki, with its elevation of roughly 900 meters. There are several hiking routes, and it is a recommended trial for novice climbers. It is known for the pampas grass that covers its peak, and in autumn it turns a wonderful golden color that you really can’t afford to miss!
[Winter] The Snowscape of Amano-san Kongo-ji Temple
Amano-san Kongo-ji is one of the most famous temples in Kawachinagano, having been used for a time during the Nanbokucho Period (1336-1392) as the political capital of the Southern Court emperor. Its beauty can be appreciated during any of the four seasons, but it is particularly gorgeous in the winter. The cold winds will bring upon you a purified and austere mood.
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