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.

Satsukiyama Park

Viewing spot for cherry blossoms, azaleas, and autumn foliage. There are five hiking courses and an observation tower, providing a perfect location to view the Osaka Plain. Selected as one of the Top One Hundred Scenes of Greenery in Osaka.

Asahi Beer Suita Factory

This factory was Asahi Beer's first and boasts a history of over 110 years.

Expo Park

A culture park rich in greenery, equipped with facilities for culture, sports and leisure. Situated around the Tower of the Sun are the Natural Culture Park, a Japanese garden, the National Museum of Ethnology, and Expoland.

Settsukyo Gorge

Aesthetic landscape with curious rocks such as Meoto-Iwa and Hachijo-Iwa as well as waterfalls and cliffs. One of the "Top One Hundred Greenery Scenes of Osaka."

Fushio Hot Spring (Fushiokaku)

Guests can enjoy the seasons at this spa hotel situated among foothills of the Hokusetsu region in northern Osaka. It is also popular with day-trippers.

Nose Mt. Myoken

Formerly a guardian deity, now a supporter of the people. In the wonder-working "Nose no Myoken-san," flowers bloom beautifully throughout the seasons.

Toyono Cosmos-no-Sato

Toyono Town's famous flower field colored in pink can be enjoyed in autumn. Millions of cosmos flowers swaying in breeze create a captivating scene.

Joruri Theater

June is town-wide joruri (puppet theater) month. Joruri Theater is the town's cultural and communications center, handing down tradition of Nose Joruri to future generations.

Settsukyo Hananosato Onsen (Sansuikan)

O-iwami-buro, bath featuring an 8 m rock, is impressive. This hot spring, located in the upper reaches of Settsu Gorge, brims with relaxing atmosphere.

Shio-no-yu Onsen

Refreshing hot spring blessed with beautiful mountain greenery and rich history of over 1,000 years.

Kabusanji Temple

The principle image of Kabusanji Temple is one of Japan's oldest images of Vaisravana, a deity of good luck. In the grounds of the temple, leaves of about 300 trees change colors beautifully in autumn.

JT Biohistory Research Hall

The facility has offered various opportunities to learn about 'life' by hosting exhibitions and concerts and so on.

Ibaraki Municipal Kawabata Literature Memorial Hall

Permanently exhibits some 400 items associated with Yasunari Kawabata, such as his books, personal belongings, letters, manuscripts, and calligraphic works, in addition to miniature models, photos, first edition books, and videos.

Osaka International Airport

Welcome to the sky gateway to Osaka. Osaka International Airport connects cities across the country. Twilight at the airport invokes a beautiful and captivating time.

Ibaraki Municipal Christian Heritage Museum

Christian relics museum, introducing the history of Christianity in Japan.

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