Minami Kawachi


In the southwest of Osaka lies the Minami Kawachi area, with the Kongo and Katsuragi mountains looming in the background. The area borders Nara Prefecture, and includes Kawachi-nagano and Chihaya-akasaka. Opportunities for camping, hiking, and mountain-climbing make it popular among nature fans, and the many shrines, temples and roughly 300 burial mounds make it popular among history-lovers as well. Take a deep breath and imbibe the nature and history, and when you grow tired of walking, take a rest and warm yourself at a hot spring.

Mount Kongo attracts the most hikers in all of Kansai

The Kongo-Katsuragi mountain range is the tallest point of the mountains that stretch south from Ikoma. The tallest peak in Osaka is Mt. Kongo, with an elevation of 1125 meters. Its ropeways, hiking courses, and mountain climbing courses are popular throughout the year, from spring when the greenery is freshest, to the winter when the trees are covered in a fine frost. The mountain is housed within Chihaya Park, which also includes the Chihaya Stars Nature and Museum that has a star-gazing platform and monthly astronomy events.

Mount Katsuragi and its campgrounds

Rising in the north of the Kongo mountains, on the other side of Mizukoshi Pass, is. In May, the mountaintop is bathed in red from the countless azaleas that grow there. But it's worth visiting during any season, whether for the pampas grass in the autumn, or the frost-covered trees and flowers in the winter. There are even accommodation options at the campsites and Katsuragi Kogen Lodge near the top of the mountain should you want to stay overnight.

Enjoy Takihata's nature

Along the lakeshore near Takihata Dam one can hike along numerous course and stay at Kotakiji Camping Ground. Takihata Lake Park is a big hit with kids, with its 160 meter super slide and other athletic equipment. There's a fishing spot above the dam, stocked with satsukimasu salmon and trout. Also, the 48 Waterfalls of Takishita that are dotted throughout the area each have a unique look, and have been collectively voted to be one of Osaka's most beautiful natural sights.


Rest your bones at a hot spring

The many hot springs of Minami Kawachi are well-known among hot spring lovers. When you're tired after hiking or mountain climbing, these hot springs are a perfect place to rest. Try the natural Katsuragi Hot Spring at World Ranch, Amami Onsen that's been around since the Northern and Southern Courts period (late 1300s), or the peaceful Taishi Onsen at the base of Mount Nijou. Or, if you can't choose, why not try a hot spring tour?


The ancient area of Chikatsu Asuka

While the Nara part of the Asuka region uses the name Totsu Asuka (far Asuka), the Habikino and Taishi areas refer to the place as Chikatsu Asuka (nearer Asuka). Osaka Prefecture Chikatsu Asuka Fudoki-No-Oka is a historical park that includes over 300 burial mounds, as well as platforms for viewing them and routes for walking between them. At the Osaka Prefecture Chikatsu Asuka Museum, designed by Tadao Ando, you can learn about the burial mounds through words and pictures.

Shotoku Taishi Mausoleum

The land was chosen  as a Byosho(mausoleum) by himself before his death.

Uenotaishi Kanko Mikan(Orange) Park

The best location to see a view

Old Sugiyama Family Housing

Every single houses tell a history

Hakayama Tumulus

A Tumulus located in the central of the city

Kongozan Katsuragi Shrine

Natural treasure, Katsuragi shrine is located in Mt. Kongo


Gorinto (a gravestone composed of five pieces piled up one upon another) that It is understood the goodness of Kusunoki Masashige's personality.

The Ruins Of Kamiakasaka Castle

A great location to overlook the Osaka Plain field

Chihayaenchi Kongozan Campground

Campground located in the vicinity of Mt. Kongo's summit where guests can enjoy cool forest and observation of the star in summer.

Subaru Hall

Use this facility as a meeting room, a Japanese style room, a planetarium and so on.

Nanpiankannonji Temple

Place where Hisako who is a waif of Kusunoki Masashige prayed for the repose of her family and followers soul. You will be fascinated by the temple covering stunning colored leaves in autumn.

Ishikawa Riverside Park

Ishikawa Riverside Park that you can view Mt. Nijyo, Mt.Katsuragi and Mt. Kongo. Take a break in the pleasant promenade and an open space.

Ono no Imoko's Grave

Standing at overlooking the town, such as cherry blossoms in spring, tinted autumnal leaves in autumn. Kenzuishi・Ono no Imoko's mound which is familiar with textbooks.

Tondabayashi Dakeyama Hot Spring(Kampo no Yado Tondabayashi)

Enjoy slowly of an outdoor hot spring is popular with enjoying the scenery of the Osaka plains and Kongou mountains.

Takenouchi Road History Museum

Museum that introduce the history about the oldest national highway in Japan・Takenouchi-kaido road.

Hirokawa temple

Ancient temple which was opened by Enno Ozuno in Katsuragi foot of mountain. It is known as Saigyouhoushi's death place and also there is a tomb and a memorial house.

Kawai Temple

Ancient temple, which is reportedly built in the 7th century. In past time, it was renowned as one of the Kawachi the big three temple. Hydrangea flower garden is in the surrounding area.

Domyoji Tenmangu

6 of articles left by the deceased which Sugawara no Michizane used regularly are special opening in period of plum festival. 900 of plum which bloom on February is chosen as 100 selections of the Osaka Green.

Shimin Fureai no Sato(Squirrel Park)

Taiwanese squirrels are raised here. You can touch and feed personally.

Eifukuji Temple

The famous temple which is called Kaminotaishi and there is a mausoleum of Prince Shotoku and other 2 people sleep. In deathday of crown Prince, Buddhist service and ceremony of Kencha are opened by head of school of omote-senke.

Chihayagawa Trout Fishing Spot

The fishing spot that use Chihayagawa's clear stream. You can eat fish which you fished at a river fish restaurant.