Mountain climbing in Osaka City!? Conquering five lowest mountains in Osaka
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This article is based on the coverage conducted in Augast 2021. In principle, the coverage was conducted taking counter measures against Covid-19 (to wear a mask, etc.) recommended at that time in Osaka Prefecture.
Though Osaka City is on flat land and famous for not having mountains, there are low mountains, actually.
And I’m going to climb five mountains that are especially low in one day.
First mountain - Tenpozan
5-minute walk from Sakurajima station, there is Tenpozan ferry landing, and I boarded a free ferry which would take me to Minato-Ku from Konohana-Ku.
Tenpozan is visible on the opposite shore. What? Mountain?
I met two men at the top and I had my photo taken there.
We wished good luck to all of us, and then I headed to my next destination, Tezukayama.
People cheer on me when I run along the high street and it raises my spirits.
Second mountain - Tezukayama…On the way to Tezukayama, I climbed Showazan.
I ran the high street through the industrial area, and got to “Jinbe” ferry landing first.
I left Minato-Ku crossing the river and got to Taisho-Ku on the opposite side. Sea breeze feels nice on my sweaty body.
Taisho-Ku has many residents who are originally from Okinawa and it’s fun just walking this exotic town.
You see the blue sky! It was 34℃. I popped in a convenience store to have some rest.
This shop, known as “Daily Okinawa”, is famous for having a variety of Okinawa products, and I bought Okinawa lime flavoured jelly! It cools down my body!
“Senbonmatsu ohashi” bridge looks spectacular from the ferry!
Since I got a bit hungry on the way to my next destination, Tezukayama, I had Osaka’s classic snack, Octopus balls, for lunch.
Somehow, Mount Tezukayama sits in the middle of this residential area. It’s interesting that the mountain is actually an ancient burial mound.
It’s 19.88 m high. I couldn’t climb it as it was surrounded by fence, but that’s fine.
Third mountain - Shotenyama
I ran along the street which trams pass through, and Shotenyama was just around the corner.
I, exhausted from the heat, had a revelation from the god.
“Don’t push yourself too hard. Walk.”
I’ll walk for the rest of my journey.
Fourth mountain - Chausuyama
Following what the god said, I caught a tram.
It’s like a train journey and it’s interesting that the scenery I’m used to seeing looks different from the tram.
I got off at “Tennoji” station. Inside the JR Tennoji station building, there is a shop called “551” that sells Osaka’s local snacks, and I bought their popular steamed pork bun and ice lolly! I had a rest on the grass at Tennoji Park.
Fifth mountain - Okachiyama
I bought some famous tortoise shaped sponge cakes at the shop by the Torii gate.
As soon as I entered Ikuno-Ku, I could see the last mountain, Okachiyama!
This place was made as a burial mound, too, but now the southern half of it is a park and the northern half is a mountain surrounded by fence. As I couldn’t go inside, I took photos, at least.
I conquered the five lowest mountains in Osaka!
The distance I travelled today is…22 km. I travelled casually spending four hours, it was enjoyable.
Tenpozan (One of the five lowest mountains in Osaka. 4.53 m high)
The lowest mountain in Japan loved by Osaka citizens.A man-made mountain constructed by piling up earth and sand they got from riparian works in 1831, about 200 years ago. There is a park now and it is loved by locals as a place of rest and relaxation.
Showazan (33 m high)
Constructed in 1970. Located in Chishima Park (Taisho-Ku).In 1970, it was the highest place in Osaka City.
Tezukayama (One of the five lowest mountains in Osaka. 19.88 m high)
A large keyhole-shaped burial mound in Sumiyoshi-Ku. Estimated to have been constructed between 4th and 5th centuries.
The only keyhole-shaped burial mound in Osaka City that retains its original form. It is not allowed to step in.
This is a high-end residential area with history, where local ruling families have lived since that time.
Shotenyama (One of the five lowest mountains in Osaka. 14 m high)
A burial mound in Abeno-Ku.
It’s interesting that Shoenji temple (constructed in 939) stands on the mound.
Chausuyama (One of the five lowest mountains in Osaka. 26 m high)
This mountain standing at the corner of Tennoji Park is also a keyhole-shaped burial mound, it is said to have been constructed back in around 5th century.
The place is famous for once being the headquarter of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (winter campaign of the siege of Osaka) and Sanada Yukimura (summer campaign of the siege of Osaka).
One of the oldest traditional Buddhist temples in Japan. Constructed in 593. It is said that Prince Shotoku commissioned the construction.
The temple is famous for a stone called “Omo-karu ishi (heavy-light stone)”; it is said that when you lift the stone and if it feels lighter than you expected, your wish will be granted.
Okachiyama (One of the five lowest mountains in Osaka. 14 m high)
A large keyhole-shaped burial mound in Ikuno-Ku. There is a highway across the mound as if to divide it to two.
Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada had a headquarter during winter campaign of the siege of Osaka and won, then the mountain was named 'Okachiyama (Mount Victory)”.
Osaka-shi Watashibune (Osaka municipal ferry)
It is difficult to build bridges in the cities like Osaka, where water transport is common, so the city offers free ferries for pedestrians and cyclists. There are eight routes in service around bay area.
Going to Korean Town!
I can’t think of any other place to celebrate the day!
So, I arrived at the Korean Town (Official name is “Miyuki dori shotengai”) after walking about 10 minutes,
A lot of delicious looking foods here and there and I get destructed!
Finally, I decided to have “Yangnyeom chicken (Korean fried chicken)”! I had it with a cold drink.
The delicious chicken with sweet & sour sauce is so good!
The day couldn’t have been better.
All the places I visited today were very interesting and I could have spent a whole day in each spot. So, it would be nice to go there again and look around taking more time.
Introducing my Route
The sports and disciplines
of the World Masters
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held in the neighbourhood.
Ms. Nozomi NAKANISHI
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