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Eastern Osaka

The eastern Osaka area lies at the base of the mountains that stretch from Mt. Ikoma to Mt. Kongo. This area, known as “Kawachi,” includes such towns at Kadoma, Moriguchi, and Higashi Osaka, and is the region responsible for Osaka’s reputation as a center of manufacturing, producing everything from tiny screws to electronics, and even man-made satellites. Kawachi Ondo, the music essential for the Bon Odori performance, and Osakan wine also come from this area. And there are many spiritual spots that have attracted people since ancient times.

Craftsmanship that does Osaka proud

Panasonic Center

Many of the home appliances that make daily life easier for people were built here in eastern Osaka. The Konosuke Matsushita Museum has displays about the history of consumer electronics and the manufacturing process. And Creation Core Higashi Osaka will show you the true meaning of world-class small and medium enterprises, with manufacturers of everything from bolt nuts and robots, to nanotechnology and satellites.

A view of Osaka from the Ikoma-Kongo mountain range

This range of mountains runs from Ikoma to Kongo, protecting Osaka City like a castle wall. This area, known as “Osaka Prefectual Nature Parks” is well-stocked with facilities for enjoying nature, through such activities as hiking and woodland walks, camping, bird watching, and other activities. Each season presents a different palette of vibrant colors, with cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, fresh grasses and flowers, and red autumn leaves. From near the summit, you can see not only the Osaka Plain, but also Kansai International Airport, Awaji Island, and even as far as neighboring Kobe.

The country’s largest wood plank suspension bridge footpath

“the people’s forest,”

Known as the Hoshi no Buranko (“Star Swing”), this wood plank suspension bridge footpath is the largest of its kind in the country. Experience the thrill of walking 50 meters up in the air. There are many hiking courses within the park, where you can also enjoy bird watching in the forest. The popular rock climbing wall attracts visitors from all around.

Popular prayer spots

Ishikiri

Jigenji Temple also known as Nozaki Kannon, as mentioned in the rakugo story “Nozaki Mairi” and bunraku play “Osome Hisamatsu Chushin Monogatari,” is a prosperous temple, and has been attracting countless believers for 300 years. Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine, associated with the god of healing tumors, is still famous for curing sickness. Jokoji Temple, known as the birthplace of Kawachi Ondo music with its refrain of Enyakorasee dokkoise, is well-known for the lively traditional dance procession that it puts on each summer.

Kawachi Wine

Katashimo Winery

The mountainsides around Kashiwara are decorated with vineyards. A variety of grapes grow here, including Muscat and Bailey A, and you can enjoy picking some yourself. But the main attraction here is the wine. The distilleries here have a history of over 90 years, and aim to create a unique flavor that suits the Japanese climate. At Katashimo Winery and Kawachi Wine Museum (in Habikino City), you can view the manufacturing process and try a taste.

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