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  • Nose (Kuri no Sato)
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Toyonogunnosechou Hirano 535
    This is a roadside station located on National Route 173 in Nose Town at the northernmost tip of Osaka Prefecture. There are many experiential farms in the area including Osaka Fumin Farm and Nose-no-Sato and the perfect place to use as a tourist base. The special market sells vegetables produced in Nose Town picked freshly that morning as well as handmade agricultural products made by locals in the town improvement group. At the restaurant Hidamari visitors can taste home cuisine that can only be tasted locally, using rice milled at the produce center.
  • 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.
  • Asahi Beer Suita Factory
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    Osaka Suitashi Nishinoshouchou 1-45
    This is the factory of Asahi Breweries, Ltd. which manufactures such as “Asahi Super Dry”. They run factory tours with tickets having to be reserved in advance, and the tour goes through a video, panel exhibition and the production line, and you can learn free of charge about the history and manufacturing processes of Asahi Beer’s. After finishing the tour, you can also sample freshly brewed beers. The exhibition containing roughly 3,700 types of beer can collected from around the world is also a must see. The nearest station is Suita Station.
  • Katsuo-ji Temple
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    3 Reviews
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    Katsuoji Temple in Minoo City, Osaka
    This temple in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture is devoted to Koyasan Shingon Buddhism, and is said to have been founded by Fujihara no Munetada’s sons Zenchu and Zensan when they built thatched huts here in 727. It is famous as the “temple of luck” and the “temple of the darumas of victory.” Many people travel here from all over the country to pray for luck, and those whose prayers are granted donate daruma dolls, which line shelves and various spots throughout the temple. The large site is famous for its cherry blossoms, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and fall foliage. Many visitors come during hydrangea season (from the beginning of June until mid-July) and fall foliage season.

    弁天池に突き出したエリアに作られていました。朱色が池越しに見えて、かなり映えていました。山が紅葉の紅葉の季節になれば、更に朱色の円形のコントラストが整い、更にきれいだろうなぁって思いました。様々な場所におかけている「だるま」さんも、社色ですし。当石感があり、いいですね。とても活力を感じました。

  • Tower of the Sun
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    Osaka Met. Suitashi Senri Banpaku Park 1-1 In the Banpaku Park
    This is a 70-meter tall work of art created by artist Taro Okamoto and is a symbol of the Japan Expo held in 1970 in Osaka’s Suita City. Even now it still remains in the Expo Commemoration Park which is a cultural park created on the site of the exposition grounds and serves as a popular photo spot. With a unique design that is modeled after a crow, the tower has three faces which represent the future, present and past. The inside is hollow and has a giant monument called the Tree of Life. Currently visitors are not permitted to tour the inside of the tower due to reconstruction work, but it is scheduled to reopen in March of 2018.
  • Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses
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    4.5
    87 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Toyonakashi Hattoriryokuchi 1-2
    Located in Hattori Ryokuchi Park in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses was the first open-air museum of its kind in Japan when it opened in 1956. The Museum has on display 12 representative examples of traditional farmhouses from different parts of Japan—from Iwate Prefecture in the north to Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south—that have been relocated to the Museum site. Several of the buildings on display have been designated as Important Cultural Properties, including Gassho-zukuri style farmhouses from the Hida and Shirakawa-go regions, and a Nanbu Magari-ya (L-shaped farmhouse) from Iwate, northern Japan. Inside each house, typical furniture and living utensils from the region in question are displayed.

    This is well worth the visit to give you a glimpse of Japanese life in years gone by. An amazing selection of authentic looking structures. Plenty of space, quiet and relaxing. A terrific escape...

  • National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
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    170 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 10-1
    The National Museum of Ethnology (or Minpaku) is located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita City, Osaka. With exhibits centered around cultural anthropology and ethnology it is the world's largest ethnology museum. Researcher's have collected some 345,000 articles of daily life tools and native dress from every part of the globe. Exhibits in the Main Building are divided into nine geographical regions and with both musical and spoken exhibitions, starting in Oceania before heading eastward in a lap around the globe. Come be introduced to a variety of world-wide cultures with nearly 12,000 displayed materials that focus on daily tools and necessities of life as well as 800 video shorts that show different cultural etiquettes and arts as well as daily activities. Special events and themed exhibitions are held multiple times throughout the year.

    This is one of the best museums I have visited. Could have spent the whole day here and then came back the next day. It has a large display on the peoples of Japan but thats just a part of it. The...

  • CupNoodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
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    4.5
    667 Reviews
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    Osaka Ikedashi Masumichou 8-25
    This museum in Ikeda City, Osaka, first opened in 1999 at the birthplace of instant ramen. With a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits you can learn all about the history and development of instant ramen by Nissin Foods' founder, Ando Momofuku. Don't miss the display which shows off almost 800 different products from throughout Nissin Foods' history. The Chicken Ramen Factory where you can make your own chicken ramen (fee and reservation required) and the My CupNoodle Factory where you can make your own personal CupNoodle blend (fee required) are both very popular. Admission is free.

    Made the effort to come out to Ikeda to take a look. Not a huge place but plenty of photo opportunites with cup noodles of different flavours on all the walls... the DIY making of the cup noodles is...

  • 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.
  • Mino Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Minoshi Mino 1576
    This is the base facility for Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park. The site is comprised of an exhibition room filled with everything about the geology and highlights of Mino to models of animals and plants and specimens, a lecture room that doubles as a library, and a management building. Many people visit it as a base when using the park, and use of the facility is free. Besides nature workshops that children enjoy, it also holds various nature experience events such as nature observation meetings regularly. In addition, you can spread out lunch boxes in Momiji Plaza, and the walking path is popular with parents and their children.
  • Minoogawa Dam
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    Osaka Minoshi Aomatani 2926
    This rockfill dam was constructed in 1982 for flood control. The large prefectural dam managed by Osaka Prefecture is 47-meter-high and 222.5 meters in crest length. The area around the dam was designated as the Meiji no Mori Mino Quasi-National Park, and it has a promenade that has become a place of relaxation for residents of the prefecture. Because the Mino Valley is downstream, there are also people who come to see fresh greenery and autumn leaves and also for hikes. Above all, the area bustles with the many people who gather in the holiday seasons.
  • Kabusanji Temple
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    4.5
    23 Reviews
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    Osaka Takatsukishi Hara 3301-1
    "This Tendai sect temple located in Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture was opened by En no Gyoja in 697. As the first sacred placed where Bishamonten (guardian god of Buddhism) was enshrined in Japan, its principle images are three Bishamonten figures. The sitting Amida buddha figure and both Kannon figures enshrined in the main hall have all been designated nationally important cultural properties. At Kejo-in Temple, the ""Bishamonten Fudo Goma Ritual,"" the continuous burning of wood to invoke divine help, is conducted every day without fail. In addition, surrounded by mountains full of nature, many worshipers visit every year as a place to enjoy fresh greenery in the spring and the changing leaves in autumn."

    We visited this beautiful, secluded temple on a Monday afternoon in December at the end of the autumn leaves season. The complex consists of a dozen or so buildings in addition to the temple itself...

  • Mino Park Museum of Insects
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    33 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Minoo-shi Minookouen 1-18
    A museum located inside Minoh Park in Minoh City. Designed around the concept of the world that insects see, the museum displays live and preserved examples of insects which live in Minoh as well as around the world. There’s also a theater which shows animated videos and a kids’ room which holds events such as insect petting sessions. Visitors can view a variety of plants and butterflies in the museum’s butterfly garden.

    This is located within Mino-o park and you will see it on the way to the waterfall. Its more kids than adults. Visit only if theres time.

  • Ibaraki Municipal Kawabata Yasunari Literature Museum
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    9 Reviews
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    Osaka Ibaraki-shi Kamichujo 2-11-25
    A literature museum situated along Kawabata-dori Street in Kamichujo, Ibaraki City. The museum’s standing exhibition consists of 400 personal articles, letters, and photographs which introduce the life and world of Yasunari Kawabata, a Nobel Prize-winning author who lived in Ibaraki from early childhood until junior high school. The museum also holds special exhibitions on Kawabata as well as art shows by local artists.

    JR茨木駅から徒歩だと20分位かかると思います。川端康成は「伊豆の踊子」などで有名な日本を代表する作家で、ノーベル賞受賞者でもあります。3歳から旧制中学(現在の茨木高校)卒業まで茨木で暮らしていました。川端康成のゆかりの地として、1985年に川端康成文学館が完成しました。暮らした家の模型、著書、遺品、書簡、原稿や墨書など展示されています。入館は無料です。

  • Takatsuki Shiitake Mushroom Center
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    Osaka Takatsuki-shi
    A facility where you can pick shiitake mushrooms located inside the Takatsuki Forest Center situated along Prefectural Route 6 in Matodani Tano, Takatsuki City. The facility grows its mushrooms on unprocessed logs without the use of agricultural chemicals or chemical fertilizers, and visitors can enjoy picking shiitake mushrooms here year round without a reservation and without having to pay any entry fee (customers purchase the mushrooms they have picked based on weight). You can also enjoy the mushrooms you have just picked in the adjoining barbecue restaurant.
  • Japanese Garden (Expo’70 Commemorative Park)
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen
    This is a Japanese garden within the “Expo’70 Commemorative Park” in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture. It is a famous Japanese garden of the Showa period built as a government exhibition facility at the “Japan World Exposition” held in 1970. In the long and narrow area approximately 260,000 square meters from west to east, a flow of water from the west to the east has been created, expressing the transition of time. There are four gardens representing from the Heian period to medieval times, early-modern times and modern themes, enabling you to enjoy the scenery of the style from each era at once. Seasonal flowers such as peony and cherry blossoms, azaleas and crape myrtle are also beautiful, and about 10,000 irises are in flower from early to mid-June.
  • The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka
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    22 Reviews
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    Osaka Suitashi Senribampakukouen 10-5
    This folk crafts museum in Expo '70 Park is about a 15-minute walk from Bampaku-Kinen-Koen (Expo '70 Park) Station. It opened in 1970 as a pavilion for the Expo '70 World's Fair and then after then exhibition reopened in 1971 as the Osaka Japan Folk Crafts Museum. The museum is a one story (partly two story) reinforced concrete design and the progression from exhibition room one down to room four promotes leisurely appreciation of the exhibits. The paved courtyard is decorated with an arrangement of earthenware pots and jars and serves as an outdoor exhibition area. Exhibits include ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, braided goods, and more. Twice yearly a special exhibition is held in which private art both domestic and foreign is displayed.

    Not sure what to make of this museum. There was a very small permanent collection plus a temporary exhibition of pottery. We didnt stay long. My advice would be to skip this museum and spend more...

  • 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.
  • Yamazaki Whisky Museum
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    Osaka Mishimagunshimamotochou Yamazaki 5-2-1
    The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is located a 10-minute walk from JR Yamazaki Station. Japan's first malt whisky distillery, it was built in 1923 by Shinjiro Torii and went into operation that same year. Visitors who make reservations can take a tour of the Yamazaki Whisky Museum, where they learn about the history of Suntory Whisky and learn about the care that Suntory takes in the distillation process by viewing a miniature scale model and other exhibits. At the paid tasting counter, visitors can sample any of several dozen varieties of whisky and even taste pure unmodified whisky from the keg, an experience available only at a distillery.
  • Sojiji Temple
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    47 Reviews
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    Osaka Ibarakishi Soujiji 1-6-1
    Sojiji Temple is a Koyasan Shingon sect temple, and is the twenty-second temple of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, located five minutes' walk from Soji-ji Station. It is the sixth boke-fuji Kinki Juraku Kannon sacred site, and the Boke-fuji Fuhi-Kannon is enshrined here. The founder of the temple, Fujiwara no Yamakage, was also the founder of Shijoryu Hochodo (a school of Japanese cuisine), and a kitchen knife festival is held here every year on April 18th. The temple's principal object of worship, the thousand-armed Kannon, is distinctive in that it stands on the back of a turtle. According to legend, Yamakage's father, Takafusa once saved a turtle from some fishermen, and later, when Yamakage fell into a river, the same turtle saved him in return.

    西国霊場はアクセスの悪い山の中にあることも多い中、こちらは駅からも近く住宅街にあります。 前日に山寺ばかり参拝していたせいかこじんまりした印象を受けました。

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