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Tahara-City Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)

  • Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)
  • Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)
  • Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)
  • Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)
  • Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)
  • Mt. Zao Observation Platform (Zaosan Tenbodai)

Mt. Zao Lookout

Atsumi Peninsula is full of great sights, but the Mt. Zao Observation Platform is holder of a special place among them. At 250m above sea level, it provides a 360-degree view of Tahara-City, Mikawa Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It features toilets, shop, restaurant, vending machines and other welcome amenities. Wind turbines placed atop the mountain produce some 300kW of clean, renewable energy and adds to the curiousness of the place. On the clearest days, even Mt. Fuji can be spotted from here. In the fall, thousands gather for the popular Mt. Zao Autumn Leaf Festival.

Perched on Mt. Zao and overlooking the calm of Mikawa Bay and tall waves of the Pacific Ocean, this observation deck offers gorgeous 360° panoramic views. It is even possible to see Mt. Fuji on fine, cloudless days. At night, with the warm, bright lights of the Atsumi Peninsula sprawling out below, and the sparkling blanket of moon and stars in the night sky, it's no wonder this spot was selected as one of the Best 100 Night Views of Japan.

Sand, Sun, Sea, Surf and Love on Atsumi Peninsula

Aichi Prefecture is said to look like a south-facing crab, with the Chita Peninsula as the left pincer and the Atsumi Peninsula on the right, enclosing Mikawa Bay. Most of the Atsumi Peninsula is part of the Mikawa-Wan Quasi National Park, with some of the most beautiful coastlines and ocean views in Aichi. It is also noted for its temperate climate, due to the warm Kuroshio Current just offshore, making it a popular summer retreat. Fascinating rock formations along the tip of the peninsula add to the breathtaking beauty of the area.

SPOT OVERVIEW

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Location : 〒441-3401
1-46 Zao, Ura-cho, Tahara-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Admission free of charge
Opening
days / hours
: Outer facility and surrounding park always open.
Observation Platform Building: from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Café, Shop: from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Café and Shop only, Tuesdays closed)
Parking : Available, free of charge (4 parking lots, total cap. 110 cars)
Restrooms : Available
Holidays : Observation Platform opens everyday; Café and Shop close on Tuesdays
Phone number : 0531-22-0426 (Mt. Zao Observation Platform)

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ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Mikawa-Tahara Station of the Toyohashi Railways (Toyotetsu) Atsumi Line (board from Shin-Toyohashi Station, in turn reachable by JR Tokaido Main Line or Meitetsu Nagoya Line from Nagoya Station), take the Tahara City Gururin Bus Downtown West Line (田原市ぐるりんバス 市街地西線 Taharashi Gururin Basu Shigaichi Nishisen), get off at Gongen-no-Mori (権現の森) and walk northwards 40min by the uphill winding road (access west of the bus stop) (reference: http://www.city.tahara.aichi.jp/kurashi/koutsu/1003154.html).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 50min southwestwards from Toyokawa I.C. of the Tomei Expressway via routes 151, 247, 23, 2, and 399.

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