You can experience seasonal comforting beauty of nature in Japan and learn unique techniques and culture that Japan has produced while touring various facilities.
This is a course where you can enjoy arresting natural beauty and culture, which can only be found in Japan, in a leisurely manner. After strolling through a nature-rich park located near a busy city Osaka, relieve your weary feet in a foot spa. The Takarazuka Line of Hankyu Railway is dotted with various facilities where you can learn and experience Japanese culture, such as Japan’s proud technology to produce instant noodles, Buddhism, manga, and Takarazuka Revue, from various angles.
It takes about 26 minutes from Osaka-umeda Station to Minoh Station (Take an express train at Osaka-umeda Station to Ishibashi handai-mae Station (about 15 minutes) and transfer to a local train at Ishibashi handai-mae Station to Minoh Station (approx. 6 minutes).
The Grand Miho Waterfall is located in the scenic Meiji-no-mori Minoh Quasi-National Park. About 33 meters high and 5 meters wide, the magnificent waterfall has been designated one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls and constitutes one of scenic sites representing Osaka. Here, you can enjoy beautiful scenery that change with seasons: cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green in summer, autumnal tints in autumn, and trees covered with ice and snowscape in winter. Along the path from the train station to the waterfall are many must-see spots, such as old Ryuanji Temple and Sakoji Temple and the Museum of Insects where about 30 different species of butterflies can be seen.
- Minohkoen, Minoh, Osaka
Approx. 40 minutes on foot from Minoh Station on Hankyu Railway
- Open 365 days a year
Approx. 40 minutes (on foot)
Minoh Station Spa Momiji no Ashiyu (foot spa)
This is a foot spa facility next to Minoh Station. Three stations equipped with a foot spa, namely Minoh Station in Osaka, Yufuin Station in Oita, and Arashiyama Station in Kyoto, are collectively called "three sisters of foot spa." The hot spring water is said to be effective in treating neuralgia, rheumatism and poor circulation and relieving fatigue. It is the best cure for your weary feet from a long walk to the waterfall or from hiking. Since it is located next to a tourist information center, you can make your next walk plan while relieving fatigue. The towel you can get by using the foot spa will make a good memento.
- 1-1-1, Minoh, Minoh, Osaka. Next to Minoh Station on Hankyu Railway
- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and in November)
- Thursdays except November (If a Thursday falls on a holiday, it is closed on the following day), from December 28 to January 4
- 150 yen (an original towel included)
Hankyu Minoh Station→Ikeda Station
Approx. 13 minutes
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Ikeda City is a birthplace of instant ramen, where Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nisshin Food Products Co., Ltd., invented instant ramen called "chicken ramen," the first of its kind in the world. This museum was established with the aim of providing an opportunity to rediscover the significance of invention and discovery. The museum features a reproduced research hut where Mr. Ando created chicken ramen and graphical exhibits showing the history of the development of instant ramen in a chronological order. There are also corners where you can get hands-on experience in making chicken ramen from the very first step of kneading dough, and in making your original cup noodles by designing a cup and selecting your favorite soup and toppings.
- 8-25, Masumi-cho, Ikeda, Osaka
Approx. 5 minutes on foot from Ikeda Station on Hankyu Railway
- 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last admission: 3:30 p.m.)
- Tuesdays (If a holiday falls on a Tuesday, the museum is closed on the following day) and year-end and New Year holidays
- Free * Chicken Ramen Factory: Elementary school children - 300 yen, Junior high school students or older - 500 yen (Reservations required via official website or phone (for reservations). Since participants work in pairs, please apply in groups of even members. Children preschool age or younger are not allowed to participate in the program. When applying, elementary school children should be paired with junior high school students or older. Please note that participation in the program is limited to those who understand Japanese.)
* My Cup Noodle Factory: 300 yen/cup (reservations not required. Please be advised that the sale of cups may be ended earlier than the scheduled time depending on the number of participants.)
* For groups of 21 or more, reservations are required. Please make a reservation via phone (for reservations).
Hankyu Ikeda Station→Kiyoshi-kojin Station
Approx. 16 minutes
Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple
This old temple in the Shingon Sanpo Sect of Buddhism was founded in 896, wishing for the realization of Emperor Uda’s idea of an ideal nation. It has been cherished by people under the popular name of "kojin-san." Enshrined with the deity of fire and kitchen that has attracted many followers, the temple is crowded with worshippers throughout the year. After worshiping the deity, you can appreciate art in the Tessai Museum where artworks of Tessai Tomioka are displayed and the Museum of History and Art. Along the approach to the temple, which is said to be in the shape of a rising dragon, there are over 100 stalls that sell a wide variety of souvenirs.
- 1, Maitani Kiyoshi, Takarazuka, Hyogo
Approx. 15 minutes on foot from Kiyoshikojin Station on Hankyu Railway
- 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (for the reception of tokens for appreciation and applications for special prayers), 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Tessai Museum and Museum of History and Art. * For closed days, please contact us.)
- Open seven days a week
- Free (Special prayers by the priests are charged.)
Hankyu Kiyoshi-kojin Station→Takarazuka Station
Approx. 6 minutes
Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum
The museum reproduces the view of the world of Tezuka Osamu, the god of manga who produced a wealth of masterpieces. In the library, visitors can read all of his manga works, which are also available in English, Chinese, and Korean. The museum also features a section where visitors can see most of animation works, a section introducing valuable first editions and character goods including Astroboy, and a section where artwork materials are on display. This is the place where you can experience the fascinating world of Tezuka Osamu in its entirety.
- 7-65, Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka, Hyogo
Approx. 5 minutes on foot from Takarazuka-minamiguchi Station on Hankyu Railway
- 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
- Wednesdays (open on holidays and during spring and summer vacations), from December 29 to December 31, and from February 21 to the end of February. There are also temporarily closed/open days.
- Adults - 700 yen, Junior and Senior High School Students - 300 yen, Elementary School Children - 100 yen
Approx. 3 minutes (on foot)
Strolling on the Hananomichi Street
Along the Hananomichi Street that connects Hankyu Takarazuka Station with the Takarazuka Grand Theater, there are many shops that handle goods related to Takarazuka Revue, such as one-of-a-kind handmade items, DVDs, and posters. There are also shops run by former Takarasiennes. Many fans of Takarazuka Revue visit these shops to buy some presents to their favorite actresses. There are also fancy restaurants, such as French restaurants and sandwich restaurants.
- 1-6-1, Sakae-machi, Takarazuka, Hyogo
*Travel time is an estimate of appropriate minutes.
The minutes on foot from each station are shown mainly in reference to the official websites of tourist destinations (facilities).
In addition, although the travel time for some routes are in reference to the minutes calculated using the distance measurement of Yahoo! Map, it differs depending on road conditions, etc.
*The data shown in this article is as of March 2016.
*Please note that the hours, holidays, prices, etc., of the facilities and stores shown in this article are subject to change without notice.