Minami Senshu

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

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Enjoy the mountains in Minami Senshu

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 display of 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, a little-known hot spring of Osaka that's known as Izumisano's parlor.

Many hiking courses

Within Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park, near Horigo Dam on the border between Osaka and Wakayama prefectures, you can experience life in a mountain village at an Eco-Institute called Kisen Waiwaimura. Hiking-lovers will also be rewarded at Gin-no-mine Hiking Course in Yamanaka-dani, which boasts excellent cherry blossom viewing in spring and views all the way to Kansai International Airport. More great walking can be found at the Unzanpou Course nearby.

Enjoy the bounty of the ocean

Japan is famous for its exquisite seafood and at the Tajiri Ocean Community Center one can catch a glimpse into the fascinating world of how this bounty is harvested from the sea. Make a reservation and you'll soon be venturing out in Osaka Bay with a fisherman who will teach you how to can squid, flounder, crab, octopus, eel, sea bream and more. After you've hauled in your goods, return to port to enjoy the catch on the barbecue. And to experience the famous Japanese fish market, check out the Izumisano Fisheries Cooperative Open-Air Fish Market. Apparently the best time to go is at 2:30 in the afternoon, just after the fishing is finished and when the seafood is at its freshest.

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Senshu Bay Area

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).

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Don't miss Danjiri Matsuri!

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.

Minato Umitsuri Park Totto Park Small Island

The sea fishing park that made efficient use of Kansai International Airport second term landfill sediment shipment pier. Fish reefs blessed with fish species such as halfbeaks,flounder and sea bream.

Okumizuma Athletics Sports

Enjoy field athletic, BBQ, and fishing in nature.

Zenbe Land

Observatory that anyone can feel free to observe the stars and the sun.

Nishikinohama Clamming Field

How about going seashell-digging when pleasant sea breeze of spring blows? Play at the beach all day long and eat popular food at Nishikinohama such as Kaimeshi(clams rice) and Kainabe(a hot pot with clams)

History Museum Of Izumisano

History museum to introduce appearance of the medieval manor focusing on Hinenosho.

Satoyamano Shizen School Kisen Waiwai Village (Facility For Learning Environmental Education )

Try Goemon-buro(bath heated directly from beneath), make art craft, experience a living life in the outskirt of country and more.

Sobura Kaizuka Honojino Sato

Onsen (Hot spring), Accomoddation, charcoal‐broiled BBQ. Feel nature of mountains and relax.

Fugu (Blowfish) Museum

A skeletal specimen of blowfish and folk art and more.

Kishiwada's Natural Museum

Natural museum for Osaka's Southern province area

Wanpaku Okoku(Athletic Field For Children)

Let's enjoy the large dinosaur slide which is opening its mouth,atheletic field and BBQ surounded by greenly nature.

Tonboike park

There are colorful playground equipments, seasonal flowers and a tennis court. This park is a barrier-free and many people from young to elderly come here to rest.

Kaizuka Municipal Natural Learning Center

Katsuragi mountain to Nishikino beach. Let's see, touch, and experience of rich nature which bring up from myriad environment in Kaizuka.

Koon-ji Temple

Old temple which install 19 items of important cultural properties such as national treasure "Chock Kuginashido", which was built without used a nail, and so on.

Kanda Shrine

The guardian god for land in Kaizuka Jinnaimachi. Very large float used to carry taiko at festivals which has more than a ton gallant parade in the city in every July at "Festival of very large float used to carry taiko ".

Ushitakisan Daiitokuji Temple

It was established by Enno Gyoja. The mountains of the old temple, which is known as the autumn leaves of attractions from ancient times.

Jigenin

The best of ancient temple in Sensyu which is emperor Tenmu's temple built at the order of the emperor. Graceful two-storied pagoda that was build in Kamakura period is the smallest in domestic, it was designated as national treasure.

Kishiwada Municipal Namikiri Hall

The main of multifunctional hall that has 1,552 seats and a small theater with 288 seats, multipurpose hall, special meeting rooms, and big and small variety of meeting rooms.

Kanku View Hall (Sky View)

Observation deck which you can see airplanes flying overhead, and one of the closest runway in domestic. There is also a restaurant which you can eat a la carte dish, and a meal served on a plane.

Hine Shrine

It is called Oiseki Daimyojin, and one of the 5 shrines in Izumi country. There is a Makura festival in May, Yu festival in July.

Rinku Park

The park which has about 60 ha on the other side of Kansai international airport. This is the best spot to see flying airplane from the airport, and seeing evening sun.

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