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.

Rinku Town

Rinku Town, directly connected to Kansai International Airport, has a wide variety of facilities, including a hotel, shops, and restaurants. Airplanes in the night sky create an attractive vista.

Mt. Inunaki

Mountain well-known for its hot spring resort, as well as Shippo-ryuji Temple, the headquarters of the Inunaki school of Shugendo, one of the oldest Shugendo temples founded by En-no-gyoja about 1,300 years ago.

Nishikinohama Beach Park

The park is very impressive with its beautiful green pine-covered areas and white beach, where many visitors enjoy clamming, barbecuing, sea bathing and marine sports.

Inunakiyama Hot Spring (Inunaki Hot Spring Center)

Only an hour away from Osaka City, Inunakiyama Hot Spring is located in a gorge in a natural environment. Effective for rheumatism, neuralgia, gastrointestinal diseases, and skin diseases.

Kishiwada Castle

A castle built by Takaie Nigita, related to Masashige Kusunoki, and fundamentally reconstructed by Hidemasa Koide, uncle of Hideyoshi.

Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle

A large-scale shopping complex, Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle, has opened near Kansai International Airport.

Nishikinohama Park

A seaside park for clam-digging in spring and swimming in summer.

Nakake Jyutaku (Naka Residence)

The house of an early Edo-period shoya is preserved and open to the public. The magnificent main building and front gate suggest the prosperity enjoyed in its heyday.

Mizumadera Temple

Mizumadera is famed as an old-established temple sacred to the deity of Kannon, which is said to ward off bad luck. This temple, opened by the priest Gyoki in the eighth century, is also renowned as the 26th of the 33 Izumi Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage temples.

Okumizuma Onsen

Deep in Senshu is a miraculous hot spring, believed effective for various diseases. Full of the seasonal beauty of nature.

Inunakisan-Shipporyuji Temple

Famous for a legend of a faithful dog memorialized in lush Mt. Inunaki. Receive good fortune at this temple, whose nearby waterfalls were likened to the Buddhist seven treasures including gold and silver.

Rinku Minamihama Bathing Beach (Southern Beach)

A beautiful artificial beach with white sand and palm trees. The view from the beach includes Rinku Town and Kansai International Airport.

Kansai International Airport

World's first full-scale offshore airport located on an artificial island off the coast of Senshu in Osaka Bay. Approximately 20,000,000 travelers pass through the airport every year.

Pichipichi Beach (Hakotsukuri Beach)

An artificial beach with great view of the blue ocean and white sand. Heated battles will take place again on the beach volleyball court.

Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan

Introducing the entire spectacle of the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival. Much to enjoy, including breathtaking footage, experiencing Daikugata, and Takumi (mastery) Resource Center.

Marble Beach

A long gleaming white beach in the image of white sand and green pines (a typical beautiful Japanese scenery), with pines and white marble cobblestones. Known for exquisite sunset scenery with Kansai International Airport in view.

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