Today we hopped on our bikes and embarked on a super long ride to Togokuyama Fruits Park in Moriyama-ku. On our way there, we passed through Kasugai and Kita-Nagoya Cities.
To keep ourselves from getting lost as we wound our way through the boonies, we did our best to keep the Shonai River to our right and the JR Chuo Line to our left. Here’s a pretty path by the Shonai River.
Once I saw the sign welcoming us to Kasugai City, I searched for the manhole covers.
A cute stream in Kasugai.
I then saw signs welcoming us to Kita-Nagoya City. Here is a cool bicolor tree I found there.
Kita-Nagoya has cuter manhole covers than Nagoya does.
Two hours later, we arrived at Togokuyama Fruits Park!
I never realized just how many varieties of cherry blossoms there are!
We got some Gohenmochi and Sports drinks to refuel.
Next, we went inside the Tropical Fruit Trees of the World Greenhouse.
This is a baby lemon!!
These are pitangas. I have never seen them before, but they look cool.
I can’t find the name of these in my brochure, but they were cool looking, too, I thought.
Cute pumpkin type decorations carved from a round, hard shelled fruit called Hyotannoki.
They even made an Okinawan three stringed guitar out of one!!
Cherry and rape blossoms.
Yet ANOTHER variety of cherry blossom.
And another! I was seriously amazed at the variety.
This is a karin blossom. I don’t know what karin are in English, but let me warn you that eating them raw is a bad idea.
We shared this yummy fruit parfait at the restaurant in the park.
This is the last variety of sakura I saw.
After the Fruits Park, we biked an hour and a half to Tsurumai.
We had dinner at Mugal Palace, a place we happened to see walking by when we were last in Tsurumai.
The samosas were an amazing treat, and they came with a REAL dipping sauce, not the disgusting ketchup and mayo crap they like to give you at most J-Indian places.
We got the Butter Paneer Masala and the Aloo Baigan Curries. The Aloo Baigan was AMAZING, but the Butter Paneer was nothing to write home about.
The cheese naan was supremely cheesy.
They gave us complimentary coconut jelly for dessert.
After, we relaxed for about an hour in Tsurumai Koen enjoying the illuminated cherry blossoms before biking the 45 minutes home.
As long as the weather continues to be nice, you can expect more pretty posts this week!