Sunday, December 8, 2013

Japan Australia: Autumn Leaves at Yoro Park

Yoro Park (養老公園) is regarded as one of the best spots in Gifu Prefecture for the beautiful Autumn Leaves. Yoro lies at the western edge of Gifu Prefecture close to Mie Prefecture. It is beautifully situated between the Yoro Mountains and the Ibigawa River. The main attraction of Yoro Park is the spectacular Yoro Falls, which is ranked among the top 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. In Japanese it is called Yoro no Taki (養老の滝). The waterfall is about 32 meters high and 4 meters wide. The water from the falls is top quality and is also ranked one of the top 100 best spring water in Japan. The water is said to not only give silky smooth, clear skin but cure all diseases as well. It is believed the water can returned lost hair and restore failing eyesight. It is basically a Japanese Fountain of Youth! Well, that is according to Empress Gensho, who ruled Japan during the Nara Period from 715-724. She was so impressed with Yoro Falls that she even named her era after Yoro in 717.

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