Special FeatureOsaka

A region of verdant nature,
dynamic festivals and spiritual sites,
just waiting to be explored...

When you hear "Osaka", you might imagine a bustling modern metropolis complete with skyscrapers, crowded trains and neon nightlife. While this may be true of the city center, the southern part of the greater Osaka area—known as Senshu—is an off-the-beaten-path destination offering experiences all its own. Welcome to a region that abounds with beautiful nature, colorful history, dynamic festivals, and a rich and enduring cultural legacy that makes it a singularly enchanting destination to this very day.
Discover all that Senshu has to offer.


1-Day Sakai Temple & Shrine Tour

Take a 1-day tour into the heart of Sakai city! Home to countless cultural sites, traditional buildings, and shops, all easily accessible and vibrant without being overcrowded. Enjoy a delightful stroll through town or ride the charming Ting-a-Ling Train to five of the city’s can’t-miss destinations: Nanshuji Temple, Myokokuji Temple, Aguchi Shrine, Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko and Sakurai Shrine.

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Kishiwada Castle and Gofuso

With its magnificent tower, massive moat and striking stone walls, Kishiwada Castle, built in the 14th century, is notable not only for its appearance, but also for its history. In the folk museum, you can learn about its past while enjoying the spectacular view from the top of the castle. Gofuso garden offers a harmonious fusion of nature and architecture, and for gourmets an exquisite Japanese cuisine.

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World Heritage Site of Osaka Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group

Imagine the landscape of Japan 1,400 years ago. Ancient mounded tombs date back to the Kofun period (3rd - 6th centuries CE). The Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group encompasses majestic 49 kofun, the largest one, Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun, is one of the world’s three largest burial mounds and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Why not enjoy a hike that offers a fascinating glimpse into Japan’s ancient history?

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Mizumadera Temple

Located in between two calm rivers and surrounded by mystical nature, Mizumadera Temple is a magnificent complex housing a statue of Kannon, a three-storied pagoda, also the so-called “Lovers’ Sanctuary” of Aizendo Temple. Come to take in the exquisite architecture and entreat the aid of the guardian divinity for whatever you may need—fortune in love or harmony in your relationship, marriage, or family.

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Izumi-Anashi Shrine

This beautiful shrine is located just a 14-minute walk from Izumi-Fuchu Station. A pair of gods, husband and wife, are worshipped here—the male god of agriculture and the female god of textiles, both having blessed the region with their bounties. No matter what your beliefs, you’ll be moved profoundly as you walk through a majestic camphor forest or take part in one of the shrine’s dynamic festivities.

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Kumatori Community Center-Rengakan

“Rengakan” was originally built as a cotton factory, and reopened in 2005 with its red brick façade preserved. A wonderful combination of its striking exterior and the fascinating exhibits housed within has since made it one of the region’s prime destinations. Just a 15-minute walk from JR Kumatori Station, a nostalgic trip filled with delightful pieces of Japanese custom and tradition awaits you.

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Less than an hour from Kansai International Airport, Inunakisan (“Dog Barking Mountain”) is an ideal destination, offering stunning natural beauty history, tradition and a touch of the Japanese spirit. Find mindfulness and cleanse your soul at Shipporyuji Temple, a centerpiece of Japanese mountain asceticism, then go for a soak at Inunakiyama Hot Spring resort to revitalize and rejuvenate your body.

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Selected as one of the 100 best sunset spots in Japan, newly opened Sennan Long Park is a must-visit destination. Take in breathtaking ocean views and fine dining in the BBQ area, purify your mind and body through beach yoga in the activity area and finally take advantage of the luxurious accommodations in the glamping area. Just a 10-minute drive from Kansai Airport, it’s an ideal stop on your itinerary.

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