Discover the best top things to do in Izumisano, Japan including KIX Airport Lounge, Rinku Park, Rinku Town, Mt. Inunaki, Izumisano Outdoor Market, Shipporyuji Temple, Inunakisan Izumikatsuragi Mountain Hiking Course, Jigenin, Izumisato Furusato Machiya House, Gyoja no Taki.
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4 based on 138 reviews
Lots of benches if you need to lie down at night. Reasonably priced lockers. Sensible air conditioning levels. Toilets clean. Quiet. 24 hr McDonald's and vending machines but everywhere else shut overnight. Two 24 hour pay by the hour sleep places with rooms but no under 18s before 5am. Internet access.
4 based on 105 reviews
This pleasure park is largely made up of a ferris wheel, a few stores, gaming place and some snack restaurants.
The area is largely industrial and carparks so not an amazing view from the ferris wheel, likely nicer at night when the overall place is dark and will look nicer all lit up.
4 based on 82 reviews
We stayed at the Star Gate hotel and this area was within easy walking to the Rinku area. There was entertainment areas for children in the complex and it had any different outlet shops to choose from. It had a wide range of restaurants to choose from with a mixture of Japanese and western. Nice place to just wander around. Probably caters for many people with a stopover either coming or going to the airport.
4 based on 47 reviews
I visited Mt. Inunaki this week with my two children aged three and eight. It was a great day trip and highly recommended for anyone in the area looking to connect with nature.
From Izumisano the drive is easy and short, about twenty minutes, and is sign-posted in English most of the way.
There are several convenience stores along the way the last being Lawson, on your left, just before you head out of town. Once on the mountain there are a few cafes and restaurants, a beer garden, icecream shop - only open in summer. I suggest packing your own lunch. There is a drink machine near the end of the hike.
There is only one road in and you need to pay close attention to the sign indicating the car park. If you miss it, like we did, you'll find it hard to turn around to come back as the road is a bit narrow.
The public carpark is on your left as you drive up the mountain. It cost us 500 yen for the day and included a photocopied map.
The hike itself takes you past the few hotels in the area (well-known onsen) into a wooded area. The path is paved and/or stones - easy to navigate but you should wear sneakers. It's not too steep and there were no parts too difficult for my children. You follow a river which has several small Waterfalls. To get all the way to the end the map suggested it would take about 40 minutes. Along the way you'll pass temples and small shrines with offerings. It's quite interesting for tourists and the kids loved it.
We were only there for about two hours as it was still early spring and a little cold but we plan to return and spend more time there again soon.
4 based on 40 reviews
Since we stayed in Izumisano, we took the chance to come by this fisherman market. It was great, as what we expected, full of varieties from raw seafood to fried seafood, fruits, flowers, etc. Though on a smaller scale, yet it was interesting. Even on the outside, open air, there were some side stalls selling towels, umbrellas, etc.
Nearby at the seaport, we watched locals with their children having a good time of fishing. They invited us to join in the fun of fishing which was indeed a memorable and fun day for us as there were plenty of fishes.
4.5 based on 13 reviews
What turned into my OMG day here in the Osaka countryside started out being described on my itinerary as a "waterfall meditation" which I pictured as meditating by a waterfall, possibly feeling the refreshing and calming cooling spray on a hot day.
But most of that so-called meditation turned out to be a VERY steep ropes&chains 558m climb over loose rocks, slippery leaves and twisted roots up to a temple, being hung head-first over the edge of a VERY steep precipice, then a VERY steep climb back down (probably even more challenging), followed by a blessing under a VERY steep, slippery waterfall.
Our guides were people trained in the Yamabushi, shingon Buddhism sect; shugendo doctrine. They are the Yamabushi guardians of the mountain.
The 75-year-old monk leading the climb was a retired postal worker who now tends orchids as a hobby. The other monk on the climb is an operating room nurse. And the chief monk, who did the blessings at the waterfall, is a professional singer.
As a key part of their philosophy and program, this sect espouses one of the most extreme physical challenges of any religion.
When we reached the small temple, one challenge involved hanging head first further and further down over the edge of a 100m precipice.
Supported by a special thick rope wrapped around two people, you are slowly lowered over the edge until you are hanging head down over the gorge = nosoki shugyo (literally “peek training”…peek at the 100m drop) as you shout “yes” to the monk’s questions whether you will be good to family, co-workers, and humanity before being hauled back up.
After we returned to the temple at the base of the climb, we then changed into a two-piece garment for the waterfall benediction.
We were asked to take it very seriously when we crossed the bridge to the waterfall because of powerful good and bad energy which has been released there over the years.
Holding on to a chain, we climbed up to the base of the waterfall, and then a little higher. We called out our name, age and wish. The monk then made a powerful incantation.
On this mountain as a religious training ground for Katsuragi shugen-do (mountaineering asceticism), visitors can participate in a one-day training program.
Some 50 to 200 people take part in this challenge on the third Sunday of every month, with a few other visitors the rest of the time. The information they provide is only in Japanese so just look for the envelope symbol to receive information in English; there's no charge but the monks welcome a very reasonable donation...considering the scope of the experience.
What did it all feel like? Challenging, rewarding, a wonderful combination of the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual – all set in a nature setting in a foreign country. Unforgettable.
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