There’s an Amusement Park in Japan That’s Located on a Mountain
Build it and they will come, so they say.
Ikoma Mountain, which stands between the Nara and Osaka prefectures, is a popular hiking destination among locals. While the amusement park probably has something to do with it, there's more to this grand mass of land than meets the eye. Read on to find out what makes this mountain worth the hike.
Start your journey from Ikoma Cable Toriimae Station.
You can reach Ikoma Cable Toriimae Station from Osaka in 16 minutes by taking a Rapid Express Train from Kintetsu Tsuruhashi Station to Ikoma Station. From there, the Toriimae Station is just a three-minute walk away.
Check out Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park.
The admission-free amusement park has 30 kinds of attractions (additional fee is needed to ride the attractions), which give you great view of Osaka. This amusement park in the sky offers such a beautiful panoramic view that you might forget about hiking and just play around.
Continue on to Hozanji Temple.
Hozanji Temple was reconstructed by a priest from the Edo period about 300 years ago. Also known as Shoten-san, it is popular among those who want to pray for business prosperity. While there, make sure to visit the main hall behind the rock wall where the Mirokubosatsu Buddha statue is enshrined.
Walk around Hozanji Sando.
On your way from Hozanji to Kintetsu Ikoma Station, you'll pass through lodges from the Showa period. While many of them are already closed, there are several cafes, dining halls, galleries, and other interesting establishments around Hozanji Station where you can rest your tired feet from hiking.
As you go through the torii gate, you'll pass through a stone path where lanterns are lined up. Continue walking and you'll find the streets of Ikoma at the end.
End your hike at Ikoma Station.
Ikuyoya's specialty is the Botamochi Set (¥810). It comes with drinks such as matcha, and treats such as a large mochi rice cake wrapped with red bean paste added with the scent of matcha.
Ochiyasen is a speciality shop that sells products made in Ikoma City and products made by active companies in the city. Expect to see a variety of rice, tea, and sweets here.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (September 12, 2017)