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Nature Spots in Osaka Area

  • Mino Falls
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    Osaka Minoshi Minokouen
    This 33-meter-tall waterfall was chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls. It is located inside Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture. Known as a popular fall foliage spot, many visitors come during the autumn season. There is a “waterfall walkway” approximately 2.8 kilometers long that starts in front of Minoh Station and offers wonderful views of the natural forests of Osaka. The fall foliage is best from mid-November through the beginning of December. In the middle of the walkway is the Mino Park Museum of Insects, another popular spot.
  • Large Keyaki of Noma/Keyaki Museum
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    Osaka Met. Toyonogun Nosecho Nomainaji
    Located in the Nosecho district of Osaka’s Toyono-gun, the large Keyaki (Japanese zelkova tree) of Noma is a national natural monument and there is a museum nearby that mainly preserves and displays materials relating to it. The large keyaki with a height of approximately 27 meters and trunk girth of approximately 13 meters said to be about 1,000 years old is one of Japan’s foremost giant trees. The largest branch is approximately 39 meters by approximately 36 meters, and the tree is loved as a symbol of Nose’s abundance nature. From late April to July when the new leaves are out, wild brown hawk owls can be seen sitting in the branches. Entrance to the museum is free.
  • Settsukyo Gorge
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    Osaka Takatsukishi Tsukawaki
    A gorge along the upper stream of the Akuta River flowing through Takatsuki City, it was designated as one of Osaka Prefecture's Places of Scenic Beauty in 1938. Stretching for approx. four kilometers, there are coupled rocks, eight tatami mat-sized stone outcroppings, cliffs and waterfalls, and it is said to be the most picturesque place in the Hokusetsu region. It was also chosen as one of the Kansai region's top 100 scenic spots, and one of Osaka's top 100 green landscapes. Known as a famous spot for viewing cherry blossoms and the changing autumn leaves, the Settsukyo Gorge Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year in early April in Settsukyo Gorge Cherry Blossom Park, where 3,000 cherry blossom trees are planted. In addition, with a hiking course that allows you to enjoy the natural landscape throughout the four seasons, it is a gathering spot for those who like the outdoors.
  • 48 Waterfalls of Takihata
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    Osaka Kawachinaganoshi Takihata
    They are about 15 minutes on foot from the last stop of the Nankai Bus going to Takihata Dam. In the ravine around Takihata, there are many steep rock surfaces, and the water flowing from Mt. Iwawaki and Mt. Minami Katsuragi become waterfalls. These waterfalls are collectively called the 48 Waterfalls of Takihata. In addition, it is also a scenic spot well known as a secret area since the natural environment is preserved and has not been altered by people. Kotaki, located in the upper reaches of Konanji Temple, is the largest, and the area is a popular outdoor spot because there is also a camping ground nearby. Takihata Dam is downstream, and together the site has been chosen as one of Osaka's top 100 green landscapes.
  • Mt. Inunaki
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    Izumisano-shi, Osaka-fu
    This is a sacred place founded more than 1,300 years ago for Shugendo, a form of Japanese mountain asceticism, by the founder of the mountain ascetic sect En no Ozunu, also called En no Gyoja. At Mt. Inunaki Shipporyuji Temple, Japan's oldest Shugendo dojo, besides being able to undergo training such as meditation by sitting under a waterfall if initiated, there are one-day courses (reservations required) where you can experience training under the guidance of a mountain ascetic. There are many female participants since there are no restrictions. Inunaki Hot Springs is also located at the foot of the mountain, where you can heal yourself from the weariness of training.
  • Mandai-ike Pond
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    Osaka Osakashi Sumiyoshi-ku Bandai 3
    This pond is approx. a three-minute walk from the Hankai Uemachi Line's Tezukayama Sanchome Station. In the past, it was said that a strange monster inhabited the pond, with the legend that Prince Shotoku sent monks to chant mandala sutras in order to appease it. Because of this, the pond was called Mandala Pond, but eventually became mispronounced to its current name. There is a park nearby with playground equipment for children, and cherry blossom trees are planted along the promenade. Bustling with cherry blossom viewers in the spring, you can see migratory birds resting their wings at the pond in the winter.
  • Shimo Akasaka no Rice terrace
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    Osaka Minamikawachi-gun Chihayaakasakamura Moriya

    日本の棚田百選にも選ばれているスポット.天気が良いので,道の駅に駐車してから,徒歩で棚田まで散策してみました.なかなかの距離がありますので,歩きやすい服装と靴がよいでしょう.稲が刈り取られた後の風景は眺めていて心地よかったです.近場まで自動車で行くことができますが,駐車できるスペースがとても小さいため,時期は選んだ方がよいと思います.今度の11/9の土曜日には,棚田でも催し物があるようです.

  • Ryusennotaki
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    Osaka Ibarakishi Kurumatsukuri
  • Shingaike Pond
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    Osaka Habikino Ichino
  • Hikaritaki
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    Osaka Kawachinagano-shi Takihata
  • Hatsudani Valley
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    Osaka Toyono-gun Toyonocho Yoshikawa
  • Nishikinohama
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    Osaka Kaizuka-shi Sawa
  • Meiji no Mori Minoo Natural Kyuyo Rin
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    Osaka Minoo-shi Minoo
  • Nagatani no Tanada
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    Osaka Toyono-gun Nosecho Nagatani
  • Myojin Cape
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    Osaka Sennan-gun Misakicho
  • Ozuchi Pass
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    Osaka Toyono-gun Nosecho
  • Zao Pass
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    Osaka Kawachinagano-shi
  • Tarumi Pass
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    Osaka Ibaraki-shi
  • Meigetsu Pass
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    Osaka Toyono-gun Nosecho
  • Mt.Takayasu
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    Osaka Yao-shi Korigawa 729-1

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country’s third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people’s openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation’s kitchen."

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