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Minami Senshuu

The southern part of Osaka Prefecture along the sea is called “Minami Senshu.” The area has much to offer, including Osaka’s gateway to the sky, Kansai International Airport; a beech wood forest classified as a quasi-national park; opportunities to experience commercial fishing; and hot springs... so many charming attractions that we’d almost like to keep secret. And of course you can’t forget the Danjiri Matsuri in early autumn, one of the most impressive festivals in Japan.

Enjoy the mountains in Minami Senshu

Mt Inunaki

Mt Inunaki and the Izumi Katsuragisan Beech Forest lie on the border between Osaka and Wakayama prefectures. The beauty of the greenery and the valley surrounding the Inunaki River make this a popular hiking area. Inunakisan-Shipporyuji Temple, about halfway up Mount Inunaki, is well-known both for its red autumn leaves and its mountain asceticism. In the winter, you may witness someone practicing spiritual austerities at one of the numerous waterfalls in the mountains. Near the mountain trailhead you can find Inunaki yama Hot Spring, known as Izumisano's parlor, a little-known hot spring of Osaka.

Many hiking courses

Within Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park, near Horigo Dam on the border of Osaka and Wakayama prefectures, you can experience nature and life in a mountain village at a newly-opened Eco-Institute called Kisen Waiwaimura. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kansai International Airport from the Yamanaka-danGin-no-mine Hiking Course in Yamanaka-dani, which is also a beautiful spot for viewing mountain cherry blossoms in the spring. The Unzanpou Course is also nearby.

Enjoy the bounty of the ocean

At the Tajiri Ocean Community Center, you can try your hand at commercial fishing. Harvest the fruits of Osaka Bay, such as squid, flounder, crab, octopus, eel, sea bream, etc., and then return to the port to barbecue it (reservations required). You can also shop at a morning market on Sundays. Giant clams and swimming crabs are unloaded at the Izumisano Fisheries Cooperative Open-Air Fish Market. Apparently the best time to get them is at 2:30 in the afternoon, just after the fishing is finished. The freshly-caught seafood is exceptional.

Senshu Bay Area

Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport, Osaka’s gateway to the world, floats across 5 kilometers of the ocean in Senshu. Watching the planes take off and land from the viewing hall has quite an impact. We also recommend the beaches on the opposite shore, including Nishikinohama Beach Park, chosen as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in Japan; Tokimeki Beach(Tannowa Bathing Beach), famous for its gorgeous sunsets; Rinku Minamihama Bathing Beach(Southern Beach), where you can watch the airplanes come and go from Kansai Airport as you swim; and popular swimming destination Pichipichi Beach(Hakotsukuri Beach)..

Don’t miss Danjiri Matsuri!

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, one of the hallmark festivals of Osaka, carries on a 300-year-old tradition. Twenty-one portable shrines weighing four tons each are carried through the town from Kishiki Shrine at Kishiwada Castle, in a stirring and heroic display. The Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan offers a simulated experience of carrying a life-sized shrine. But this tradition isn’t limited to just Kishiwada; shrines are brought out for autumn festivals throughout the Senshu area.

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