Izumi, Osaka: Town of Ancient Japanese Culture
Izumi is a city located is Osaka, Kansai Japan founded on September 1, 1956.
Million years ago in this land Yayoi culture of the bronze age in Japan started in advance of civilisation using bronze wear. Thus why there are many discovery of Sue wares and artifacts found on this land until today. Now Izumi city thrives with 186,000 population density and famous for their cabbages and sweet onions. Izumi is also a twinning state with Bloomington, Minnesota in United States of America.
Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture
A museum specializing in the Yayoi period. It is located in the Ikegami Sone archeological site discovered during the Yayoi period.
In recent years, DNA analysis of excavated human bones has also provided insights that can be used as research for “Ancient Japanese” era. There is also the oldest pavement road in Japan spreading goro stone of 2.5 m in width from the old pond site.
History Museum of Izumi Province
History Museum of Izumi Province or known as Izumi no Kuni Rekisikan is a museum dedicated to the finding of local history in Izumi from thousand to million years of ago.
The museum houses more than 300 artifacts, historical document, fossils and findings majority from the Yayoi period such as Sue ware that is made specially in this province. The entry for this museum is free except for special events and showcases that might need additional ticket purchasing.
Ikegamisone Historical Site Park
A park with archaeological sites from the Yayoi period. You can see the huts and warehouses that are restored and displayed by the effort of the Yayoi culture museum. Many people come here to study Japanese ancient history.
Most stand out in the site would be the Ikegami Sone Ruins, a moat village around the middle of the Yayoi period (3 BC to AD 3) in Japan. It is about 600,000 square meters in size, with a group of digging pillars inside the moat and a large digging pillar building in the center. Natural relics such as pollen suggests that broadleaf forests such as red oak and wetland grasslands such as reeds and Japanese pampas grass have spread around the ruins. The Ikegami Sone Ruins are located in the plains, but 2,000 years ago, due to the geographical of rivers, the terrain was more rugged than it is now.
There are also parks around for children to play. From time to time there will be bazaar or event at the park for everyone to enjoy while appreciating the ancient culture.
Mangan Falls: Hitoshi Kaimei & Shimizu Waterfall
This area is deep in the forest mountains flourished with flora and fauna. Enjoy the serene track following the almost flat mountain trail along the side river, you will arrive at ” Hitochi Kaimei no Taki “. The waterfall pours down by the rocks softly makes it so mesmerizing to the eyes.
You can also find the Shimizu waterfall, a hidden masterpiece of Izumi city with a height of about 40 meters. In fact, it has become a two-stage waterfall, it almost difficult to see the entire top.
Approximately 5 minutes walk from the parking lot, climb the mountain trail by relying on the rope on the steep slope that winds up the waterfall of Hitoshi Kaimei from the right side, you will reach the top of the waterfall of Hitoshi Kaimei. You can see “Kiyomizu Waterfall” falling from 8 meters in height after climbing up Hitoshi Kaimei.
Izumikogawa Strawberry Farm
What is better than having fresh big strawberries? Izumi kogawa is one of the largest strawberry farm in Osaka. There are 5 greenhouse producing various strawberry types from Asuka Ruby, Sagahonoka, Akihime and Beni Hoppe. Enjoy picking and eat all you want at an affordable price.
From the farm cafe, enjoy taking home strawberry products, such as exquisite sweets, jams, swiss roll using strawberry from the farm. There are also classes to learn how to make jams or cake by using their strawberries.
The farm is located on a mountain village of Izumi City, Osaka overlooking Osaka Bay. To get here from the Hanwa Expressway Kishiwada IC, take Route 170 (Osaka Outer Loop Line) toward Kawachinagano for about 15 minutes. Visitors can also reach by taking the Hanwa Expressway Sakai IC, take Senboku Line 2 south for about 20 minutes.
Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts
The Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts opened in 1982 founded by the Kubuso company by has more than 11,000 of collections by the Kubo family including 31 national treasures to the cultural properties of Japan.
The museum also holds the important cultural property of the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi-ga, which is a drawing of Narushu Karaki. Get the chance to see the infamous The Tale of Genji Handbook is so detailed that you can easily see it around the museum. The museum often hold special show, event and exhibition to keep visitors coming.
Outside of the museum, there lies a beautiful garden and serene pond refelcting how beautiful nature can be among the traditional building.
Izumi Recycle Environment Park
This beautiful serene park s built on a landfill disposal field to bring the beauty back to mother nature. The flowers are grown naturally with organic and chemical-free in full bloom. There are different types of flowers depending on the season throughout the year, so you can enjoy the magnificent sea of flowers with their enchanting scent blew by the wind all year round.
There are also vending machines and picnic spots, make sure to bring your food together with you as there are no food stalls in the park.The park is closed on Monday. Although its lacks public transport, it is easily reached by car. It has ample parking space and its free to park.