On our way from Mikawaono to Toyohashi, we stopped in Shinshiro because a map near the falls had recommended a cherry blossom park in Shinshiro.
It was super hard to find the park, let me tell you.
First, we found a pretty shrine.
This fountain is for cleansing your hands and mouth prior to entering the sacred areas of the shrine.
A shrine to Inari, the goddess of harvest. It was kind of weird because these torii (red gates) were made from metal, and usually at Shinto shrines, the use of metal is avoided to the point where even nails are not used in construction of buildings.
This is a komainu – a statue that you will see outside of most shrines. They always come in pairs. The female will have a lion cub under her paw, and the male will have a ball under his.
Lucky us! We got to see TWO more mamushi! The one was preoccupied with eating a gigantic frog, while the other was just crawling around. Totally creeped me out.
This is the Toyokawa, which runs through the center of the part. Kawa means “river” in Japanese.
This bridge crosses the Toyokawa.
Another shot of the Toyokawa from the bridge.
The other side of the Toyokawa.
A tiny restaurant near the river had sakura (cherry blossom) ice cream. I got some. I thought it was delicious, but Teddy didn’t like it very much.
Well, that’s all for today! Tomorrow we will go to Inuyama if the weather is nice again! As long as we have working Internet tomorrow, please look for pictures again tomorrow!