Northern Osaka

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The Saigokukaido Road that runs from the old capital to the Sanyodo Road and through the northern part of Osaka was once populated by powerful clans and shrines. This area, also known as Hokusetsu, includes the cities of Toyonaka, Ikeda, and Minoh, with its European-style luxury houses, as well as Suita and Ibaraki, which developed along with the influences of the 1970 World Expo. These towns are enveloped in a calm atmosphere, laden with the touch of nature and the colors of their history.

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Be sure to see the Tower of the Sun

Gazing into the southern sky with its face of glittering gold, the Tower of the Sun has a commanding presence. This piece of art was built in 1970 by Taro Okamoto as a symbol of the World Expo that was exciting the entire country. At its feet are the 2.6 million square meters of Expo Park. This includes a Japanese Garden and the Natural and Cultural Gardens where you can enjoy year-round greenery, as well as the National Museum of Ethnology where you can learn about cultures from all over the world. There is easily enough to entertain you here for a whole day.

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Enjoy Osaka's nature

Only an hour away from bustling Osaka City you can step into deep nature. Settsukyo Gorge is a valley only a slight distance away from a residential area near the mountains, but the stream there is so clear that it attracts fireflies in the summer. Said to have been loved by Imperial family member Taikou for its lush greenery and colorful autumn leaves, the Meiji-no-Mori Mino Quasi-National Park (Mino Waterfall) is a place of abundant water, with a waterfall and hot springs. Here you can stroll up a forested path up to a beautiful waterfall past vendors selling treats like deep-fried red maple leaves and grilled fish.

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Introducing some tasty secrets

In the north of Osaka sits Mount Tennou, famous for a battle involving Akechi Mitsuhide. This area is the source of Kansai's most renowned well water, Rikyu-no-mizu, which springs forth from the royal villa of Emperor Go-Toba. And thanks to the benefits of this water, the region produces world-class whiskey and beer. At the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, you can observe the manufacturing process, and taste freshly-finished whiskey. Also recommended is the Asahi Beer factory.
Another site in this area which cannot be left out is the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, which celebrates the Osaka-born inventor of instant ramen. In addition to viewing the history of this globally-recognized product, you can even make your very own original cup noodles.

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Nosekaido and Hokusetsu's history

During the Edo period, the Nosekaido Road went from Osaka, through Ikeda, to Tanba and Kameoka. It served as a transport route for chestnuts, rice, charcoal and precious metals from Nose, Kawanishi and Tanba, as well as sake and clothing from Ikeda. Ikeda was an important point along that road and even now you can see the ruins of the Ikeda Castle and the ancient layout of the town. At the Joruri Theater in Nose, you can attend performances of gidayu, a form of traditional Japanese narrative music sung to the accompaniment of a shamisen that originated in Osaka. Enjoy a pleasant stroll to visit popular sites such as Katsuoji Temple in Minoh where you can offer a prayer for victory, or Mt. Myouken in Nose for good fortune.

Nose Hot Spring

Onsen Ryokan(hotel with a hot-spring) in the woods land. Accommodation, and a day use is available. It can be used a variety of purpose.

Ibaraki Shrine

It is said the has been enshrined when Sakanoue Tamuramuro created Ibaraki no Sato In 907 about 1200 years ago from now.

Nose Road

Old Road that leads to Nosemyokenzan and through the Ikeda city from Nakatsu, Kita-ku

The Expo'70 Commemorative Park・Japanese Garden

Luxury time travel To rest your eyes on the traditional beauty of the Japanese garden.

Museum Of Kamigata Rakugo-Story Of The Kyoto-Osaka Area

The land of Ikeda to appear as a stage of the classical rakugo such as "Ikeda no Shishikai""Ikeda no Ushihome". Documentation Exhibition Hall opened to permanent exhibition Japan's first municipal Rakugo Museum

Ikeda Azalea Hall

Including cultural and artistic activities for citizen, and it has been accepted for a variety of age groups.

Takatsuki Castle Site Park

There was used to be a castle here.

Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium

Stadium that leaves a record of the various sporting events. It's easy to watch with lighting equipments and large screens.

Mt. Pon Pon

Hear the sound "Pon Pon" when you stamp your feet on the top of the mountain.  Enjoy hiking and looking rural landscape and the temples in the mountain.

Atago Shrine

God of the fire of Satsukiyama's summit. "Gangara fire festival" that takes place yearly has more than 300 years history

Atago Shrine

God of the fire of Satsukiyama's summit. "Gangara fire festival" that takes place yearly has more than 300 years history

Tokoin Hagi Temple

Hagi Temple to convey the feelings of Gyoki now. There are 3000 Japanese bush clovers at the precincts.

Settsukyo Park

Great forest bathing spot near from the city. Enjoy the beauty of strangely shaped rocks, cliffs, the seasonal nature and flowers.

Ikeda Shiroato Park(The Remains Of Ikeda Castle)

Ikeda's castle site who was a local clan in the Muromachi/Sengoku period of Japan. Enjoy the view of the city while commemorating the Ikeda's glory.

Mino Park Museum Of Intects

Feel the wonder of familiar insects at Mino mountain that is full of nature.

Takatsuki Shiitake Mashrooms Center

Enjoy freshly harvested Shiitake mashrooms at the BBQ style restaurant nearby.

Nose-cho B&G Marine Center

Enjoy sports from kids to elderly people!

Shinkansen Park

There is display such as, the first car of the top vehicle of Shinkansen which was made in 1969, and electric locomotive which was made in 1954. You can enter in the car and the driver's seat. In Spring, it's crowded with visitors to see a Sakura(cherry) tunnel nearby.

Natural And Cultural Gardens(Expo'70 Commemorative Park)

The park is full of natural such as forest, babbling, tea-picking village, and floral hill. Seasonal activities and events are held ordinarily.

National Museum Of Ethnology

A laboratory which is familiar as Minpaku that displays and introduces of culture of everyday life, supply, clothes, and houses of people in the world.

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