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. Since ancient times, people have been drawn to the region to visit it's many many spiritual attractions. More recently, the area has been the centre of Osaka's manufacturing industry, producing everything from tiny screws to electronics and even man-made satellites. Interestingly, Osakan wine and Kawachi Ondo, the music essential for the Bon Odori performance, also come from this area.
Craftsmanship that does Osaka proud
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. Offering activities such as hiking, woodland walks, camping and bird watching, this area known as Osaka Prefectural Nature Parks is the perfect place for getting out into nature. Each season presents a different palette of vibrant colors, with cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, fresh grasses, 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
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
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 holds each summer.
The mountainsides around Kashiwara are decorated with vineyards growing a variety of grapes including the unique Japanese variety Muscat Bailey A. The vineyards are even open to those wanting to experience harvesting grapes themselves. The majority of visitors here come for the wine, however. The wineries 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.