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.

Nature Observation Learning Place

Learning and experiencing facility that you can know better about animals and plants which are living at Natural and Cultural Garden in Expo'70 Commemorative Park.

The Japan Folkcrafts Museum, Osaka

This museum is located in Expo'70 Commemorative Park. The display for excellent artifact from domestic and foreign every place such as, China and porcelain, dyed and woven stuff textiles, pictures, and so on.

Monument That Is Engrved Basho's Poem. (Tamagawa no Sato)

"Unohanaya Kurakiyanagino Oyobigoshi" Utsugi(Japanese snowflower) blooms every early summer in Tamagawa no Sato.

Seseraginosato(Kitsutsuki Mountain Villa)

Recreation facility that is in a forest park of Myojingatake.You can enjoy rainbow throut fishing, playing at the river, and BBQ.

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A small house sits in a place with a stream, mountains and fields, and that is a fancy little shop of eraser stamps and sundry goods.

Kamisu Onsen ALGO no Yu

Refresh yourself at ALGO no Yu with its six baths, two Hanjeungmak saunas with real charcoal kilns imported from Korea, and a hot stone spa comprising five chambers!

Roadside Station Nose (Kurinosato)

Kurinosato roadside station is well suited for both information gathering when you arrive and buying souvenirs for when you return home.

Picture postcards of Kawabata of the World

Picture postcards featuring a photo collection of Yasunari Kawabata.

Sojiji Temple

Known as the 22nd temple on the Kansai pilgrimage circuit, this noted temple was founded by Yamakage Fujiwara (824-888), known as the founder of a school of Japanese cuisine. The Ceremony of Hocho (knife) is the temple's famous annual event held on Apr. 18.

Minoh Hot Spring (Minoh Onsen Spa Garden)

A highland resort only 30 minutes from Umeda boasting excellent hot springs and leisure facilities.

Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses

This museum gives visitors the opportunity to learn about lives of old Japanese farmers around the country.

Minase Jingu Shrine

Minase Jingu Shrine is connected with the Retired Emperor Gotoba (1180-1239). In the precincts of the shrine, the Rikyu-no-mizu (imperial villa's spring) has been gushing out and has been used by tea ceremony masters since ancient times.

Ryuanji Temple

Founded by En-no-gyoja (ca. 634-ca. 706), the founder of Shugen-do (a school of Japanese Buddhism), the noted Ryuanji Temple (also known as Mino Temple) houses one of Japan's four greatest images of Sarasvati as its principal image. The temple is also known as the place where a public lottery was first established in Japan.

Takatsuki Kashida Onsen (Takatsuki Forest Center)

Savor beautiful nature and a relaxing hot spring in Kashida Onsen, located within one hour from Osaka City. Features an eco-friendly spa facility.

Minoh Onsen

Located around a 20-minute drive from Osaka Airport and Shin-Osaka Station, this serene hotel located in Minoh Quasi-national Park features a relaxing hot spring.

The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

The instant noodle (ramen) was invented by Momofuku Ando of Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. in 1958. This museum explores the history of this remarkable invention.

Katsuoji Temple

Known as "the temple of good luck at games" Katsuoji Temple is located in the heart of nature's bounty, where people can enjoy the changes of four seasons.

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, the oldest whiskey distillery in Japan, is located in Yamazaki Gorge at the foot of Mt. Ten-no, on the border between Kyoto and Osaka. Yamazaki Gorge is famed for the quality of its spring water.

Meiji-no-mori Mino Quasi-national Park (Mino Waterfall)

This park is the western starting point of the Tokai Nature Trail. Park visitors can enjoy seasonal changes in the scenery, especially the colored leaves late in fall.

Hattori Ryokuchi

Within the large park rich in greenery stands the Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, an open-air concert hall, a horseback riding center, tennis courts, etc. One of the Top 100 Cities and Parks of Japan.

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