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  • Hirakata Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Hirakatashi Hirakatakouenchou 1-1
    This long-standing amusement park, located near Hirakata-koen Station, has a long history in the country. It contains a wooden rollercoaster, free fall ride, a large Ferris wheel, and several other attractions that can be enjoyed all day by adults and children alike. There’s also a small zoo and petting facility as well as restaurants, shops, and many other features. Events are held throughout the year, and there’s a pool open in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter. Popular entertainers often serve as brand ambassadors, which has garnered the park fame.
  • HIRAKATA T-SITE
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Hirakatashi Okahigashichou 12-2
    This is a multi-purpose commercial complex in front of the south exit of Hirakatashi Station, and is a “Department store for lifestyle ideas” with Tsutaya Bookstore as the center. The main building and two annex buildings contain about 40 specialty stores and various services including fashion, miscellaneous goods, food, beauty, and banking services. Tsutaya Bookstore stocks about 150,000 books and magazines, and also sells books tailored to themes on each floor. At the Starbucks Cafe on the third floor, you can also read books before purchasing them while enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • Yao City Minami-Kinomoto Disaster Prevention Park and Gymnasium
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    Osaka Yaoshi Minamikinomoto 3-1-1
    This park and gymnasium is a three-minute walk from the Ryoi-bashi bus stop on the Yao south-bound bus from Yao Station. Relax all day at this spacious park with exercise equipment, a gymnasium, and playground for children. It normally functions as a location for local relaxation, spots promotion, citizen exchange, and disaster prevention education. In the event of a disaster it acts as a temporary evacuation center for neighboring residences, combining evacuation site, disaster prevention and park all in one. Fire and disaster prevention exhibitions are frequently held using the park's facilities.
  • Yuhi-no-oka Farm
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    Osaka Kashiwarashi Karindobata 4433-3
    This farm for tourists in Kashiwara City is abundant with nature and focusses mainly on grape picking. A wide variety of grapes are cultivated allowing you to enjoy an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of grapes. You can also harvest chestnuts and satsuma-oranges. The grape varieties include Pione, Muscat, Rosario Bianco, Muscat Berry A, Red Fuji, Newberry A, Koshu, and more. While what's available is dependent on season there is a nice appeal to trying varieties that are not commonly seen at the market. The vineyard is also well known for its gorgeous setting sun.
  • Yao City Cultural Hall Prism Hall
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    Osaka Yaoshi Hikarichou 2-40
    This multipurpose hall is a five-minute walk from Kintetsu Yao Station. The building was opened in 1988 and arose from the region's burgeoning art scene. The building has two floors below ground and five above. Its prism motif has given it the nickname Prism Hall. The hall has facilities including a 1,440 seat grand hall, a smaller auditorium with 390 seats, a reception hall, and conference rooms. It is the site of many concerts, plays, and lectures. It is also the home of the Yao Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and was chosen as one of the top 100 music halls by SEAS, the Sound Engineers and Artists Society of Japan.
  • Yamadaike Park
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Hirakatashi Yamadaikekouen 1-1
    This urban park stretches northwest of the Katamachi Line's Fujisawa Station, with Yamada Pond at its center. Yamada Pond is said to have been built 1,200 years ago, and a huge variety of birds can be observed in the rich natural surroundings. There are three zones to the park, the Rice Terraces, Orchards and Mixed Grove of Trees. These three zones depict the landscape of old-fashioned Japan, and because of this, the park was selected as one of Japan's top 100 historical parks in 2006. There is a barbeque plaza, making it ideal for creating memories with your children, and the park can also be used for photography, especially cosplay photoshoots. No fee is required for small-scale photography, and changing rooms are available, free of charge.

    Great place to walk and run. Different plants in bloom at different times of year - plum trees and cherry trees in spring, irises in June, other bushes and trees later. Bamboo grove. Playgrounds and...

  • Kyuhoji Ryokuchi Pool
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Yaoshi Nishikyuhouji Town 323
    "Open only in the summer, KyuhojiRyokuchi Poolis municipal outdoor swimming pools in Kyuhojigreen space. They are easily accessed, located right near the exit of the Yao Interchange on the Kinki Expressway or 1.2 km from Kyuhoji Station, and the entrance fee is reasonable, attracting large crowds of family groups during the height of summer. A lush grove of palm trees is planted in the middle of the u-shaped main pool giving the place a tropical atmosphere. There is a slide that is fine even for elementary school children, along with a shallow ""kiddy pool."" For older swimmers, there are two 50-meter pools and one 25-meter pool."
  • Wani Park
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Hirakatashi Wanikouen 1-1
    This urban park is located 600 meters north of the JR Fujisaka Station, following the train tracks. The park was created by cutting a clearing in this slightly elevated natural forest, which is characterized by its wooded slopes. There is a biotope in the park, with places for children to get close to nature. Also within the park are sports facilities, such as baseball grounds, tennis courts and a swimming pool, which is open in the summer. There are four different pools. A 50-meter pool with nine lanes, a flowing water pool, a wave pool and a children's pool. Additionally, there is seating for 400 spectators, and a lunch area, making this pool a very busy place during the summer months, full of parents and children.

    色々なスポーツ施設がありますが、相撲の土俵が新しくなっています。 日曜に子供たちが元気に練習しています。 女の子も結構参加していて、見学・体験も自由にできます。

  • Tamateyama Park Fureai Park
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    Osaka Kashiwarashi Enmyouchou Near 14-2 (South parking lot)
    This municipal park extends across the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line's Domyoji Station and the Kintetsu Osaka Line's Kawachi-Kokubu Station. The park is full of nature and flowers that can be enjoyed throughout the year. There are also various types of play equipment to be enjoyed in this hands-on park, such as the large slide Roller Train, box-type athletic Rope Climbing and Children's Ski Slope, where children can experience the thrills of sledding. In the Attractions Plaza, there are also rental bicycles for children (for a fee), which is a popular for families.
  • Yoshidakasuga Children's Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Higashiosakashi Yoshitahonmachi 1
  • Higashiosaka City Children's Culture and Sports Center Dream 21
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Higashiosakashi Matsubaraminami 2-7-21
    "Located a 15-minute walk from Higashi-Hanazono Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line, Dream 21 is a children's culture and sports center. This combined facility includes a ""Universe Plaza"" with a planetarium, an ""Exploration Plaza with science exhibits, where children can enjoy experiential learning, as well as an indoor play space equipped with a trampoline and swinging rope. It is also used for theatrical presentations and cultural activities aimed at children. A 189-seat multipurpose cultural hall is also available for use. The facility offers lessons in such things such as crafts, unicycle riding, and nature study, and it serves as a venue for self-directed learning for large numbers of children."
  • Narukawa Osaka Prefectural Nature Park
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    Osaka Higashiosakashi Kamirokumanjichou 1748-2 Easy Center Center
    This is a park located at the top of the Rakuraku mountain path half-way up Mt. Ikoma in Kamishijo-cho Town, Osaka City. The vast park of 204 hectares extends from the Kuragari Pass to Narukawa Pass and beyond. Between April and May visitors can enjoy the giant white, crimson and pink azaleas lining the hiking trail. The plaza Bokura no Hiroba is at the highest point in the park, and from here you can enjoy a view of the Osaka plains, Osaka bay, Mt. Rokko, and even Awaji Island in the distance. Mt. Katsuragisan and Mt. Kongo extend to the south, and visitors can enjoy the nature-rich scenery.
  • Hiraoka Park
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Higashiosakashi Higashitoyourachou 12-12
    This vast park at the foot of mountains is approx. six minute-walk from the Kintetsu Railway Nara Line's Hiraoka Station. In the cherry blossom square, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Higashi Osaka City, about 100 Yoshino cherry blossoms bloom every year during the peak season, painting the entire area in pink. In addition, there are also observatories where you can watch Osaka's spectacular sunset, and a stone tablet with a haiku written by Matsuo Basho during his last trip crossing Kuragari Pass. Forest Toy Box, which reopened in June 2016, is 100-120 meters high, and uses its height and slope for a roller slide that is very popular with children.

    Nice park for a morning walk if you don't have a lot of time. Nice little waterfall. Few shrine along the way up.

  • Hirakata Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Hirakatashi Hirakatakouenchou
    This is an amusement park located within walking distance of Hirakata-koen Station on the Keihan main line. The park has over 40 attractions, also holds seasonal events and can be enjoyed throughout the year. There are also many shops in the park including a restaurant where you can try a menu limited to the park, a cafe, and shops selling original goods with the park character motif. There are areas decorated with seasonal flowers and a spot where children can interact with cute animals. It is a place to be enjoyed by all ages from small children to adults.
  • Botanical Gardens, Faculty of Science, Osaka City University
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Katano-shi Kisaichi 2000
    This botanical garden is located in Kisaichi, Katano City. The outdoor garden is planted with around 450 varieties of trees and plants with a focus on Japanese species, including a recreation of a Japanese forest containing 11 of Japan’s most well-known species, as well as areas dedicated to plants from other countries, cherry trees, maples, plum trees, and aquatic plants. The garden regularly holds guided tours as well as seasonal events such as cherry and plum blossom viewing parties.

    Went there expecting perfection, found 5 foot high paspalum growing through the unkempt hedges. I was sorely disappointed.

  • Osaka Fumin no Mori Midori no Bunkaen Muroike Enchi
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    Osaka Shijonawate-shi Osaka 458-2
    A park adjoining “Osaka Fumin no Mori Midori no Bunkaen” in Osaka, Shijonawate City. The park’s waterside garden, built around Muroike Pond, is filled with natural beauty, including aquatic plants, camellias, hill cherries, and Japanese maples, and there are two walking paths, an observatory, a grass lawn, and wooden boardwalk. In the Mori-no-Takarajima area on the north side of Midori-no-Bunkaen, there is a jumbo slide, Tarzan rope, and a variety of other playground equipment.
  • Neyagawa Outdoor Activity Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Shijonawate-shi Shimotawara 2237
    A lifelong learning center located in Shimotawara, Shijonawate City. Surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park, the center has facilities such as lodges, an astronomy dome, cooking areas, a workshop, and birdwatching hut, and the center can be used for outdoor and nature activities. The center also offers a variety of programs, including nature experiences, outdoor cooking, crafting classes, and astronomical observation.
  • Tsurumi Ryokuchi Barbecue Area/Campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osaka-shi Tsurumi-ku
    A campground and barbecue ground located in Ryokuchikoen, Tsurumi Ward, Osaka City. The campground can also be used for day camping, and the barbecue ground, which is outfitted with charcoal and electrical grill facilities and may be used for free (advance reservation required). There’s an adjoining paid barbecue ground with services which make it easy to barbecue such as equipment rentals, charcoal fire starting, and garbage collection. A glamping (luxurious camping) plan is also available.
  • Benten Ike Park
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Kadoma-shi Kishiwada 1-8-2
    A park located in Kishiwada 1-Chome, Kadoma City. Park facilities include a grass field encircling Benten Pond, a playground, fountains, and flower beds. There’s also a beautiful forest and a small temple dedicated to Benzaiten. The Benten Ike Park Spring Carnival is also held here.

    小さな池と池を囲む木々が風に揺れてのどかに過ごすことができました。近くの老人ホームの方でしょうか、係りの方に押されて車いすで来ておられました。こんな手付かずの公園も良いものです。

  • TOWA PHARMACEUTICAL RACTAB dome
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Kadoma-shi Mitsushima 3-chome 7-16

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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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