Eastern Osaka

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kawachi Wine

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.

Konosuke Matsushita Museum

The spirit and legacy of Konosuke Matsushita are revealed in the exhibits and audio/visual presentations.

Conpeito Petit Museum

At the Conpeito Petit Museum, learn all about this unique Portugese candy and try making it yourself.

Osaka Prefectural Nature Parks (Kurondo, Hoshida, Muroike, Narukawa, Kusaka, Mukata, Mizunomi, Chihaya and Horigo nature parks)

In each of the Osaka Prefectural Nature Parks, visitors can enjoy the wonders of nature, such as camping and viewing flowers of each season.

Hirakata Park

43 attractions are sited in the park, making full use of the hilly landscape. An amusement park for families, located in a bed-town of Osaka.

Osaka Kadoma Sports Center (Towa Pharmaceutical Ractab Dome)

This center is used to provide venues for international competitions, but when there are no official events, it can accommodate sports of many types in different seasons, such as swimming, volleyball, ice skating, etc. There are also various sports classes such as tennis and trampoline.

Naritasan-fudoson Temple

Known as a temple for traffic safety offering prayers while passengers remain in their vehicles. Around 200,000 cars are brought here every year for prayers. Number 28 of the 36 Fudoson holy sites in the Kinki area.

Katashimo Wine & Food

Katashimo Wine & Food, one of the few wineries remaining in Osaka, still maintains conventional winemaking methods, focusing on producing wine that meets the Japanese taste.

Kashiwara City Grape Sightseeing Center

Why not sample grapes and take home a bottle of wine?

Konoike Shinden Kaisho

Konoike Shinden Kaisho is a meeting place for operating shinden (newly developed farmland) established by Zen-emon Munetoshi Konoike the third, a wealthy merchant active in Osaka in the Edo period (1603-1867). The meeting place gives visitors the flavor of the Edo period.

Creation Core Higashi Osaka

The permanent exhibit is the largest of its kind in Japan, with 200 booths featuring exceptional products and technology that are the pride of Osaka.

Jokoji Temple

The temple's blood-stained ceiling is a vestige of the Summer Battle of Osaka. The orthodox Kawachi Ondo, echoing through the temple every summer, was selected as one of the "100 soundscapes of Japan."

Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine

"Ishikiri-san" has been familiar to people in Osaka from olden times. On the approach to the shrine is an array of old-fashioned shops.

Mount Ikoma

Since ancient times, Mt. Ikoma has been a transportation crossroads connecting Yamato and Naniwa, and has served as an important landmark. Featuring a beautiful nature and night views, Mt. Ikoma is also a place of recreation and relaxation visited by many people.

Ishikiri Onsen (Hotel Seiryu)

Ishikiri Onsen, located at the foot of Mt. Ikoma, is as high up as a 70-story building, and commands a sweeping view of the Osaka plain.

Post Town Hirakata Kagiya Museum

Hirakata used to be a stopping point of Yodo River transportation system in the Edo period, which appears in the old song of "Yodogawa Sanjikkoku-bune Uta" (literally meaning "song of a 4.5-ton rice carrier sailing along the Yodo River"). The museum displays a full-scale replica of a "Kurawanka" boat, reminding visitors of the history of Yodo river transportation and the old road from Osaka to Kyoto.

Nozaki Kannon (Jigenji Temple)

Kannon (deity of mercy) of Nozaki, referenced often in traditional Japanese arts of kouta, joruri, and kamikata-rakugo. Many visitors come to the Nozaki-mairi from 1st to 10th of May every year.

Shijonawate Shrine

Dedicated to the renowned samurai Kusunoki Masatsura and other 24 samurai in the Northern and Southern Courts period. The lush landscape of Mt. Iimori and Shijonawate Shrine, located at the western foot of the mountain, was selected as one of the "100 verdant landscapes of Osaka."

Hiraoka Shrine

Hiraoka Shrine, known as the supreme shrine of the ancient Kawachi-no-kuni province, is famous for its autumn festival, featuring dynamic processions of futon daiko (float mounted with a drum) and danjiri floats. The shrine is also famous for its ume (plum) grove.

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