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Tourist Guidebook

Amusements

Sabah Farm is 20-hectare farmland that includes fields for hands-on farming activities, a fruit tree garden, greenhouses and flower beds. Families interested in agriculture are invited to enjoy farming in an atmosphere filled with sweet flower fragrance and rich crops. If you want to go on an inter-planet trip in advance of NASA astronauts, Subaru Hall will provide you with the opportunity. Equipped with Japan's largest planetarium and an interactive science exhibition room, the hall is also a choice place for concerts and other events. Nishikori Park preserves as much natural beauty as possible in its reproduced fields, hills and ponds. The park includes special zones called Ume-no-Sato and Kawachi-no- Sato that offer seasonal flowers in full bloom. Children will find it fun to play in the Yancha-no-Sato mini amusement park. For sports lovers, Sogo Sports Koen is recommendable. It accommodates a ball park and a multipurpose athletic ground, as well as tennis courts and 'gate ball' (Japanese polo) grounds, on its spacious 13.65 hectare site. The park is ideal for the citizens to enjoy sporting and recreational activities in a natural environment.



Cultural assets

Migukuru-mitama Shrine is said to have been dedicated by Emperor Sujin to Ohkuninushi- no- Mikoto, a mythical-age governor of Izumo, now Shimane Prefecture. The precincts are covered with thick green foliage and designated as one of the Best 100 Greenery Scenes of Osaka. Nishikori Shrine is sacred to a guardian god that protected the area in ancient times.
The main temple is designated by the government as an important cultural asset for its unique combination of roof ornaments called Karahafu and Chidorihafu.
It is said that Takidani Fudomyo-Ou Temple was built by Reverend Kobo in 821. The principal image of Acala, the God of Fire, and the two children images flanking it are important cultural assets. Legend has it that Ryusen Temple was originally built by Soga-no-Umako and rebuilt by Reverend Kobo. The Niomon gate of the temple, constructed in the Kamakura Period (12th to 14th centuries), is an important cultural asset.

Nampian Kannon Temple originated in a hermitage built by the wife of Masashige Kusunoki, a 14th-century warrior, in memory of her husband and their son, Masayuki. They died in different battles, Minatogawa and Shijonawate. Mejiro Fudo Gansho Temple is known as a temple built by its worshippers. The principal image of Fudomyo-Ou was directly carved out of an 800-year-old camphor tree spending 10 years. The precincts are also known for beautiful ume (Japanese apricot) blossoms.
 



Festivals and other events

The annual fireworks festival, sponsored by Perfect Liberty Church, a Japanese religious group, cracks about 120,000 shots of fireworks in the summer night sky; probably the biggest of its kind in the world. The autumnal feast has been observed from olden times with an exciting parade of danjiri decorated floats celebrating a rich harvest. Many citizens take part in the Citizens' Festival that offers a variety of events.
 

  Event name Where When
Spring Ishikawa Cleanup Campaign Ishikawa 1st Sunday of March
Cherry Blossom Festival Takidani Park Early April
'Kaikisai' (a festival commemorating Reverend Kobo, the founder of the Shingon Sect) Koshoji Branch Temple 14th April
Citizens' Athletic Meet Citizens' General Gymnasium etc. April to July
'Shimin Fureai Matsuri' Jinai-machi etc. 4th and 5th May
Grand Homa Rite Takidani Fudomyo-Ou Temple 28th May
Summer Perfect Liberty Church Festival Firework Display PL Hills 1st August
Autumn Autumnal Festival In town 2nd and 3rd Saturdays and Sundays of October
Citizens' Cultural Festival Municipal Public Hall etc. October to November
Commerce & Industry Festival Citizens' Hall (Rainbow Hall) Around October
Farmers' Festival Kawanishi River-Terrace Ground Late November
Winter Tomie Ebisu Tondabayashi-cho 9th to 11th January

*This schedule sometimes is changed.