Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, educator, author, and nuclear disarmament advocate. He has served as the third president and then honorary president of the Soka Gakkai, the largest of Japan's new religious movements.
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4.5 based on 506 reviews
Dedicated to ramen noodle cups, the museum showcases the mind-boggling number of instant ramen flavor variations that have come out over the years and a reproduction of the hut where Momofuku Ando first created them.
We loved this! A slightly bizarre museum but if you don’t mind travelling slightly out of the way (you can use your JR pass to get there in about 20mins from Shibuya station) it’s worth a visit. A good message of ‘don’t give up’ and would be great for a family - kids would love making up their own cup noodle pot that they decorate too! We combined with a visit to the nearby train museum because we have a train-lover in the family... which is another museum good for kids.
4 based on 114 reviews
Nice, clean trains taking me from Umeda to Ikeda. It was a pleasant journey with warm seats in the train on a cold day in December.
4 based on 77 reviews
Satsukiyama Zoo is a very small collection operated by the City of Ikeda. The zoo is small both in terms of the land area (3000 square meters) and the number of animals. They have 3 wombats, a few wallabies, goats, sheep, alpacas, emus, chickens, rabbits, pigs, Guinea pigs, a Patagonia cavy, and a rogue-looking raccoon. The zoo is so small that you can walk its entire length in about 5 minutes.
It might be best to describe Satsukiyama as a “petting zoo” because the exhibits seem to be designed to allow visitors to get close enough to touch most of the animals (other than the wombats and the raccoon). Small coin-operated vending machines sell feed pellets for 100 yen, and there is a “fureai area” where children can handle rabbits, Guinea pigs, and chickens during designated times of the day. There is also a gallery that includes taxidermy specimens of wombats and other small animals. The displays in this gallery are very informative, but unfortunately the written explanations are only in Japanese.
Since 1967, the City of Ikeda has had a sister-city relationship with the City of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, and this seems to be the source of the wombats and wallabies. Furthermore, Ikeda City seems to have made the wombat its community mascot. There are a number of wombat statues and other images of wombats in the nearby shopping arcade.
This zoo is a little hard to find. I found an English language map at the train station, but there were no conspicuous English signs along the road leading to the park. It is located about one mile uphill from the Hankyu Ikeda Station, which is the same station for the popular Instant Ramen Museum. The zoo is located on the opposite side of the train station from the ramen museum.
Admission to the zoo is free, and the sign at the gate stated that hours of operation were from 9:15am to 4:45 pm.
4 based on 51 reviews
Satsukiyama Park is located not too far from Ikeda station and can be reached on foot from the station. Autumn is a great time when trees are all tinted in beautiful colours. The park is spread over a huge area with lots of trees around. There is large ground for kids to play in with some swings etc. Has parking space so can be reached by car as well. There's a temple around there which is a point of interest for some.
4 based on 44 reviews
Isn’t Ikedajō just the cutest little castle? This is a bōrōgata tenshukaku typical of the Sengoku-jidai. Essentially it is a high roof hall with protruding turret at the top. There are also defensive features such as drop-chutes and there is a sort of yagura attachment so that the main keep forms a blocky “L” shape. Since this castle fell out of use early on, everything is reconstructed, and out of historically used materials, although extant archaeological remains include dorui, earthen embankments. They also found the remains of a rock garden and this has been recreated too, along with two types of walls, an arched bridge over a dry moat, several gates and a teahouse. There are no Exhibitions and the castle serves primarily as an observation tower surrounded by a traditional garden and koi pond.
A fortification was first built on this site in 1334 by Ikeda Noriyori. The Ikeda clan ruled until 1570 when Araki Murashige defeated Ikeda Katsumasa. Araki moved to nearby Itamijō in 1580 and since then the castle was abandoned.
4 based on 23 reviews
4 based on 26 reviews
If you want to go somewhere in air conditioned luxury and at a cheap (by Japan standards) price, then you can't do worse than Hankyu bus.
The seats typically look brand new and are always on time (only late in arriving if you end up in a traffic jam, so be sure to check the route).
Drivers are always courteous (though their English ability may be nil). Typically there is someone there to help you load your suitcase under the bus (recommended).
Also would recommend the far back seat where you can recline without bothering anyone (reclining in any other seat is frowned upon if the bus is full)
4 based on 25 reviews
4 based on 13 reviews
This place located on the outskirts of Ikeda Osaka, is an unknown gem. Known to locals but just a bit out for them also you'll discover an oasis, a most beautifully situated garden in any season.
I've been going here for 25 years in the years of living and visiting Ikeda. It never disappoints. It's quite easy to get to. Hankyu Takarazuka line Ikeda station then catch a bus 15 mins.
I look forward to visiting in autumn this year having just visited it recently in spring when the poenie roses are beautiful.
4 based on 10 reviews
The Inagawa Fireworks Festival is held over the Inagawa river. For the occasion, stands and food stalls are erected, giving the entire area a cheerful atmosphere as friends in yukata share shaved ice and fried noodles. When nightfall comes, the summer sky is lit up by rockets, and those who came early to reserve their seats are rewarded with a brilliant view.
For what I know, Inagawa seemed to me like a pretty massive and impressive fireworks. There are plenty of spots where you can see it perfectly.
The stands all around serve very good food including some things you don't find usually in the festivals, and the games you can find in some stands where really funny.
Especially the Superball, this one is really difficult.
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