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Gamagori-City, Nishio-City, Kota-Town Mt. Sangane Skyline / Mikawa Bay Skyline

  • Mt. Sangane Skyline / Mikawa Bay Skyline
  • Mt. Sangane Skyline / Mikawa Bay Skyline
  • Mt. Sangane Skyline / Mikawa Bay Skyline

Two exciting driving courses with plenty of magnificent views from Mt. Sangane, Mt. Toboneyama, Mt. Kuwagaisan and Mt. Goiyama

Built to serve also as touristic attractions, these roads take visitors to a drive along the ridges of the famous mountains of the region, with astounding views of the nature, flowers, cities and ocean.

Mt. Sangane Skyline / Mikawa Bay Skyline

Mt. Sangane Skyline is a 5.1-kilometer scenic road that stretches from Higashihazu-cho in Nishio-City to Katahara Onsen, Gamagori-City, by the ridge of Mount Sangane. Driving it lets visitors experience the beautiful panoramic views of the Gamagori-City area, the Pacific Ocean, and Nagoya-City. If the sky is clear, it is even possible to spot Cape Irago at the extreme of Atsumi Peninsula or even Toba-City and its nearby islands, in the distant Mie Prefecture at the other side of Ise Bay! The road is also well-known for its perfect nighttime scenery and in the winter, from mid-October to mid-January, a surreal nightly illumination display decorates the area around the parking area at the peak of Mt. Sangane. The road’s course is dotted by touristic attractions such as the recreation facility with hot spring bath installations, the Sangane Kannon and Hijima Kannon Temples, and the Junkoku-Nanashi Cemetery, a memorial for seven wartime heroes.

Mt. Sangane Skyline / Mikawa Bay Skyline

Over 70,000 hydrangea bushes bloom along the road from June to early July, hence it is also called the “Ajisai Line” (“Ajisai” is the Japanese word for hydrangeas), with another 10,000 around the peak’s parking area. At the end of the road, 50,000 of those flowery plants awaits the visitors at Katahara Onsen’s “Ajisai-no-Sato” (“Home Place of the Hydrangeas”) garden, with additional 10,000 at Honkoji Temple, known as the “Mikawa Area’s Temple of Hydrangeas”. Festivals celebrating the hydrangeas are held in various places of the region near the road during their blooming season.

The Mikawa Bay Skyline (三河湾スカイライン “Mikawawan-sukairain”) has its western entry point at about 4 kilometers north from the eastern end of Mt. Sangane Skyline, at the Fukozu-tennomae crossing of Route 23, in Kota-Town. Its course totals 17.6 kilometers until it gets to Toyooka-Town, in Kunizaka, Okazaki-City, where it meets Aichi Route 368, known as “Kunizaka Kaido” Road. Initially used as a toll road, it’s been converted to prefectural road, with the official name of Aichi Prefectural Road 525 Gamagori Loop Line. Although a bit dilapidated by being converted to regular road, and the amenity facilities of old being all but close now, the course still has its charm in the beautiful views it provides.

*: June 22, 2016 Information: We learned from a notification from the Gamagori City Tourism Association that part of the Mikawa Bay Skyline is closed for traffic due to landslides, so entrance by the Kunizaka Kaido Road is impossible. At the moment, there are no estimates for reopening: Details (in Japanese) here: http://www.gamagori.jp/topics/detail/index_186.html

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : Mt. Sangane Skyline: 1-236, Nyukaizan, Higashihazu-cho, Nishio-City, Aichi
Mikawa Bay Skyline: from Fukozu, Kota-Town to Kunizaka-toge
Fee : •Mt. Sangane Skyline:
Motorcycle 270 yen
Light/small vehicle and passenger car 420 yen
Micro bus 1,080 yen
Large bus 1,730 yen
*: Transit is toll-free during the night from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM

•Mikawa Bay Skyline: free
Opening
days / hours
: Mt. Sangane Skyline: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Except in the night of December 31, when transit from 23:00 is charged)
Parking : Mt. Sangane Skyline: Peak, No. 1, No. 2 (total of 110 parking spaces)
Mikawa Bay Skyline: No parking facilities available
Phone number : 0563-65-2169

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    •From Nagoya Station, take the JR Tokaido line. Alight at Gamagori station and take Meitetsu Gamagori line. Alight at Higashi-Hazu Station and walk 15 minutes
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 40 minutes from the Otowa-Gamagori I.C.

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