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.

Sennan Satoumi Park

This is the only permanent beach volleyball stadium "Shiosai vivalley". There is a various playground equipments and a training room.

Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park

Inside the park has Japanese red pine, hinoki cypress are the best suited for a therapeutic walk in the forest. Cherry blossoms in Spring are beautiful and they are chosen as 100 selections of the Osaka. Green.

Kishiwada Tourist Farm

You can eat strawberries as much as you can without time limit. Charcoal-grilled BBQ is also popular.

AEON MALL Rinku-Sennan

An entertainment mall lined up with specialty and amusement shops, restaurants, and a movie theater by Osaka bay.

Kishiwada CanCan Bayside Mall

Located right on Osaka Bay, this Kishiwada mall offers shopping, gourmet food and places for a romantic date in the Bay Area.

Rinku Premium Outlets

The largest outlet shopping center in western Japan.

Konanso Chihaya food souvenir shop

Pick up a gift that captures the taste of mom's cooking at Chiyaha Akasaka.

Observation Hall at Sky View

Enjoy sensational views from the observation deck Sky Hall, or join the Waku-waku tour plan for an opportunity to experience various features of KIX that are not available to ordinary users.

Isaka Sake Brewery

A 200-year-old brewery producing gold-medal winning sake.

Misaki Park New Dolphin Pavilion Ito en Shiny Stadium

More visitors can enjoy Misaki Park's spectacular dolphin show in this new pavillion.

Inunakiyama Hot Spring (Inunaki Grand Hotel Kisenkaku)

Unwind in an onsen that is gentle and rejuvenating to the skin.

Inunakiyama Hot Spring (Yumoto Onsenso/Yamanoyu)

This bijin-no-yu, direct from the source (gensen kakenagashi) is sure to heal the tired body and soul.

Inunakiyama Hot Spring (Minamitei)

Inunakiyama Onsen is a spa that is loved for being unspoiled despite its closeness to Osaka.

Izumi Katsuragisan Beech Forest

The beech forest is designated as a National Natural Treasure.

Ushitaki Hot Spring Iyoyakanosato

The resort takes full advantage of the Katsuragi mountain system's natural assets, with ample outdoor leisure facilities and spas spread across a 39,600 sq. m area.

Tajiri Ocean Community Center

A center devoted to fishery and marine leisure, where visitors can experience fishing with professional fishermen and buy fresh catch at the morning market.

Tokimeki Beach

Tokimeki Beach, also known as Tannowa Bathing Beach, is known for its white sand and clear waters. The sunset from here is also spectacular.

Misaki Park

Osaka's southern-most amusement park has everything you could possibly want: rides, a zoo and even dolphin shows.

Kishiki Jinja Shrine

The tutelary shrine has been the focus of local worship since ancient times. The dynamic Danjiri Matsuri is the shrine's annual festival.

Izumisano Fisheries Cooperative Open-Air Fish Market

Savor the freshness of seafood through all the senses at this open-air fish market.

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