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Osaka | 5.5h
Osaka walking tour of traditional towns and historic Buddhist temples

Ride the local railway and feel the history and culture of Osaka.

Osaka is famous for its main tourist attractions, such as shopping and eating, but there are areas with a rich history where life has been lived for hundreds of years.
Kaizuka, a 30-minute train ride from downtown Osaka and only 15 minutes from Kansai Airport, is packed with hidden gems that only locals know.

The town has long developed around temples, with the head temple of Japan's largest Buddhist sect being located here during the Warring States period. As a result, many traditional-style townhouses from the late Edo to Showa periods have survived. It is particularly surprising that there are 13 old private houses registered as national cultural properties, and that there are people still living in them today.

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the Japanese lifestyle that has remained since ancient times while deepening your interaction with the people who live in Kaizuka.
In the first half of the tour, take a walk through the old streets of the city center to get a feel for the local lifestyle. Find your favorite architecture among the many old houses.
You will also visit general shops where you can find a variety of goods in the shopping streets with their retro atmosphere. For sweet lovers, you cannot miss the tasty Japanese tea and sweets made using the same methods over 160 years.
In the second half of the tour, take a ride on the local railway and admire the peaceful scenery, including the countryside. You will then visit a temple with a history of 1,200 years, which is representative of Kaizuka.
A journey full of attractions that can only be experienced in the area awaits you.


・You can stroll through the old streets and relive the changes in local life from hundreds of years ago to the modern era in Kaizuka Terauchi-machi.
・You can stop by the hall of the temple, a popular power spot with legends and a sacred place for lovers at the history of the 1,200year Mizuma Temple.
・You can enjoy a local train ride through the city and countryside of Kaizuka.
・You can enjoy the region's most popular Japanese sweets, which are made using the same production methods for over 160 years.
・Visit Mizuma Kannon Station, where the station building has been designated an important cultural asset, and you can get a strong sense of the Buddhist culture that has taken root in the region.
・You can taste handmade soba noodles, which are very popular with the locals.


Gansenji Temple
This temple cannot be missed when discussing the origins of the town of Kaizuka. It was once home to the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect, Japan's leading Buddhist denomination. The cultural assets in the precincts of the temple, such as the main hall, the treasury, and the bell tower, which have survived for more than 300 years, are also worth seeing.
Kaizuka Terauchi-machi
This area is lined with old houses, some dating back more than 300 years to the modern era, and is characterized by the differences in lifestyles at different times. The stories of the families that have kept each house alive are also interesting.
This is a long-established Japanese confectionery famous in the Senshu region. If you come to Kaizuka, you must try their signature product, the famous confectionery Murasame, which has been made with the same taste since the shop was founded at the end of the Edo period. Made from red beans, sugar, and rice flour, this steamed confectionary is popular with locals for its sticky texture and refined sweetness.
Takamatsu Beijuen Tea Shop
This tea shop is located in the Kaizuka Central Shopping Arcade. In addition to fresh tea leaves available in budget-friendly quantities, it also sells tea utensils for use in the tea ceremony. The shop also offers a range of ceramics and other household goods, which give the impression of a lifestyle that has continued from the good old days of Japan. The shop's rustic appearance, including the price tags on the shop front written in brush strokes, is also noteworthy.
Handmade soba noodles Sentaro
This soba restaurant is popular with locals. The homemade buckwheat noodles have a unique texture, and the freshly fried tempura is also an attractive feature of the buckwheat dishes. The shop, which was converted from a row house built in the Taisho and early Showa periods, blends traditional architecture with modern design, creating a unique but relaxing space.
Mizuma Railway
After exploring the streets of Kaizuka, take a ride on the local train. The Mizuma Railway started operating in 1925 as a pilgrimage railway connecting to Mizuma Temple. The line is 5.5 km long and the ride takes about 15 minutes.
Along the line are rural and residential areas, offering a unique view of Kaizuka.
Mizuma Kannon Station
The station has a unique shape that evokes Buddhist architecture. It has remained the same for over 90 years and has been designated an important cultural asset due to its rarity. Cute stone statues based on legends are placed along the road from the station to the Mizuma Temple, which is also a fascinating place to find them along the road.
Mizuma Temple
The temple is said to be over 1,200 years old. The vast temple grounds contain 15 Buddhist temples, including the main hall and a three-story pagoda. The temple is a popular spot for all ages, with power spots where legends have been left behind and a hall that has been chosen as a sacred place for lovers.


・In case of bad weather on the day of the tour, transportation, places to visit, and tour routes may be changed.
・The tour end location is different from the meeting point. If you wish to change the end location, please consult with your tour guide.
・We will be walking a lot, so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
・Please understand that tour spots might be changed to alternative spots in case of temporary closure.
・Some of the spots we will visit on the day do not accept credit cards. Please remember to bring cash.
・If you have any food allergies, please let your guide know in advance.

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Tour price INCLUDES:
Guide fee, Insurance
Tour price EXCLUDES:
Transportation, Entrance fee, Meals, Souvenirs, Other experience fees.
 (Approximate minimum cash requirement: 1,700 yen / person)

Meeting Point

Nankai, Kaizuka Station in front of ticket gate

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