The east side of Osaka Prefecture is home to several worthwhile destinations. Highlights include Hirakata Park, a locally popular amusement park, Konosuke Matsushita Museum, which is dedicated to the founder of the Matsushita Corporation (Panasonic), and Mt Ikoma, a scenic spot on the Osaka-Nara border.
View from Ikoma over Osaka
The east side of Osaka Prefecture (Osaka-fu in Japanese) has two parts. On the north side, it’s a flat plain filled with industrial developments and suburban bedroom communities. The private Keihan Line traverses this area and stops near two of its most interesting attractions: Hirakata Park and the Konosuke Matsushita Musuem. Further south, where Osaka Prefecture meets Nara Prefecture, the region is more mountainous. This area is traversed by the private Kintetsu Nara Line, which stops near Mt Ikoma, a mountain that offers beautiful views of both Osaka and Nara, especially in the evening.
Things to See and Do in Eastern Osaka
- Hirakata Park (amusement park)
A short walk from Hirakata Station on the Keihan Kyoto Line, this popular amusement park is a great alternative to the pricier and often more crowded Universal Studios Japan (Hirakata Park costs about half as much as USJ). Hirakata Park has all the rides you’d expect from a large amusement park, including roller coasters etc. It costs Y4,400 for adults and children older than junior high school age, and Y3,800 for elementary school children. Since the park is about halfway between Kyoto and Osaka, it would make a good day trip from either city.
- Konosuke Matsushita Museum (museum)
For those with an interest in electronics and Japan’s industrial history, a visit to the Konosuke Matsushita Museum in Moriguchi City is highly recommended. Matsushita founded the famous Matsushita Corporation, which is better known as Panasonic. The museum is a short walk from Nishi-sanso Station on the Keihan Kyoto Main Line. The Konosuke Matsushita Museum English website has a map and detailed transport information.
Mt Ikoma (mountain)
A 642-meter mountain straddling the border of Osaka and Nara prefectures, Mt Ikoma offers some of the best and most easily accessible views over the region. To get there, take the Kintetsu Nara Line from Osaka-Uehonmachi Station (three subways stops east of Namba Station). A quick journey of about 20 minutes will get you to Ikoma Station. Walk from there to the Tori-mae station on the Ikoma Ropeway (cable car) and take it to the Hozanji Station and then switch to the cable car to the top. The one-way cable car journey from the base to the summit costs Y360. There’s a small amusement park near the summit of the mountain that you can enter for free (rides cost money). The views from the summit area are stunning. If you feel like it, you can walk down or take the cable car down. You might consider stopping to check out Hozan-ji Temple on the way down.
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Inside Osaka Google map:
- Open the Osaka map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Osaka Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Osaka guide
- Check Osaka accommodation availability and pricing on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Osaka
- You can buy a Japan SIM card online from Klook for collection on arrival at Osaka's Kansai International Airport
- View my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
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