Enjoy the myriad delights of the Mizuma Railway Enjoy the myriad delights of the Mizuma Railway

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Let actor Kurumi Moriyama introduce you to the many delights of the Mizuma Railway

Allow around 6 hours in total

This one-day itinerary showcases a number of quaint old-time shops located between Mizuma and Kaizuka stations on the Mizuma Railway, and includes locations featured in the web series Mizuma Train. Your guide is Kurumi Moriyama, who plays freelance writer Aki Hashimoto.

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Mizuma Railway Mizuma Kannon Station Mizuma Railway Mizuma Kannon Station

We begin at Mizuma Kannon Station, the main setting for the Mizuma Train series. This is the terminus of the Mizuma Railway, which began operations in 1925. As part of an extensive refurbishment in 2018, the entire roof of the station has been decked out with kokedama indoor plants. The original reinforced concrete station building is still standing downs at the end of the platform, with its distinctive modern-style window bars.
Outside, we see a unique shape that takes us back to the heyday of the Mizuma Railway, when it was the primary route for the pilgrimage to Mizuma Kannon shrine. There is also a display of old railway carriages which you can view from up close.
Where’s the best place for photos? Maybe at the historical railway building, under the kokedama, next to an old carriage, or perhaps somewhere else!

Filming locations

Mizuma Kannon Station shed Mizuma Kannon Station shed

The shed is visible from the station building, but for a closer view you need to leave the station altogether. After all, if you’ve seen the first or second episodes of Mizuma Train, you’ll want to get a good look at the shed. The entrance is roped off so you can’t get inside, but you can still see plenty from there. If you use your imagination, you can almost see the two stars of Mizuma Train standing inside!

Machiai Cafe Machiai Cafe
Machiai Cafe
Machiai Cafe
Machiai Cafe

This is the café run by Ken Matsudaira in Mizuma Train. In the waiting room is a display of photos and costumes from the series. But what’s this… it seems Kurumi has discovered a photo of herself! And she’s going to re-enact a scene from Episode 5 for us now!

Things to do

Drive the Mizuma Train The thrill of a real train Drive the Mizuma Train The thrill of a real train

Who hasn’t always secretly wanted to drive a train? Well here’s your chance, because Mizuma Railway offers you the opportunity to get behind the controls of an actual train. Put on the driver’s cap and take the handle, and you’ll feel like a real driver. And you get a handsome certificate afterwards.
There’s a morning session and an afternoon session, so choose your time and then plan your day around it.

Yakuyoke Kaido, Mizuma-dera Temple, Mizuma Park Yakuyoke Kaido, Mizuma-dera Temple, Mizuma Park

Now it’s time to head off on the Yakuyoke Kaido, which takes us from the station to Mizuma-dera Temple.
A series of 16 friendly figurines (called doji) has recently been installed along the Yakuyoke Kaido to greet visitors on their way to the shrine. The first one, Kantai Doji, is at Mizuma Kannon Station, while the last one, Sudhana, is near the waterfall at the entrance to the temple. See if you can spot all 16—but be careful of the traffic!

Mizuma-dera Temple
Mizuma-dera Temple

Mizuma-dera Temple was founded by the priest Gyoki in the Nara period, and was widely used by local people praying to Buddhist deities to ward off evil and misfortune. The three-story pagoda that we see today, an 1834 reproduction of the original, is the oldest surviving one of its type in Osaka prefecture. Just south of the main temple, next to the road, is the Aizendo, or Lover’s Sanctuary. Here you will see countless ema (wooden prayer tablets) with entreaties for love and happiness, from people hoping to emulate the legend of Seijuro Onatsu.

Mizuma Park

Mizuma Park is past the Aizendo, just near the hill behind Mizuma-dera Temple. Take a moment to walk across the Aizenbashi bridge, where Seijuro Onatsu is said to have found his true love. This is a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring, when the immediate surrounds and the nearby lawn area come alive with color. If weather permits, the expansive lawn area is a great place to eat lunch. In autumn, the glorious red leaves are a wonderful sight.

Mizuma-dera Temple
Mizuma-dera Temple
Address Mizuma-dera Temple:大阪府貝塚市水間638
Mizuma Park:大阪府貝塚市水間641-1
Tel Mizuma-dera Temple: 072-446-1355 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)
Mizuma Park: 072-433-7048 (Roads and Parks Section, Urban Planning Division, City of Kaizuka)
Official Website Mizuma-dera Temple:https://mizumadera.or.jp/
Mizuma Park:https://www.city.kaizuka.lg.jp/kanko/shizen/mizumakoen.html

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Filming location

Aizenbashi bridge

The Aizenbashi bridge in Mizuma Park features in Episode 6 of Mizuma Train, where Kohei Kijima (played by Ken Matsudaira) goes to meet his grandson.

Zenbei Land Zenbei Land

After relaxing in the park, it’s time to get back on the train and head to Zenbei Land.
At ground level there is a statue of Edo-era scientist Iwahashi Zenbei, who built the most powerful telescope in the nation, which was subsequently used by leading cartographer Ino Tadataka to take measurements all over Japan. Upstairs you can see Zenbei’s original telescope, as well as a display of astronomical charts and other valuable items. But the main attraction is of course the enormous 60-cm reflector, the largest in the prefecture. A peek through this telescope is bound to impress.

Address 大阪府貝塚市三ッ松216
Tel 072-447-2020
Official Website https://www.city.kaizuka.lg.jp/zenbe/index.html

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Filming location

Who could forget the scene in the observatory dome room in Episode 4? It turns out that this is the only observatory in Osaka prefecture that’s open to the public during the day. And it’s open on selected evenings as well, so you can experience both!

Mukashin Mukashin

From Zenbei Land, the quickest route onward is via Mikayamaguchi Station. After all that walking, it’s surely time for lunch! Here we take a short detour and hop off the train at Koginosato Station in order to visit Mukashin, another key location from Mizuma Train. Avid viewers will remember Mukashin as the place where the high school girls gorged themselves on delicious burnt butter cakes in Episodes 3 and 4. These rich, heavy cakes are made to a special recipe created by a leading Austrian pastry chef, using burnt butter at 115% purity. They’re perfectly good at room temperature, but when warmed up the heavenly butter aroma takes the culinary experience to a whole new level!





Address 大阪府貝塚市石才123-1
Tel 072-438-0505
Official Website https://info.mukashin.com/shop/kaizuka/

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Haru Shokudo Haru Shokudo

Our next stop is Haru Shokudo for lunch. From Mukashin, it’s just as quick to walk there as it is to take the train. So if you’ve had a few too many cakes at Mukashin, you might want to walk them off first! Luckily, Haru Shokudo offers a weekly lunch special that’s packed full of healthy vegetables, as well as a hearty sirloin steak option. It’s a wonderful place to relax over a good meal. They also do take-out meals and are open for dinner.

Address 大阪府貝塚市海塚3-7-2
Tel 072-468-9039
Official Website https://haruplus0416.wixsite.com/harusyokudouplus

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Shiogo Shiogo

Now that we’re fully satiated, it’s time to take in a few more shops. Our first stop is Shiogo, which sells murasame bean cakes, a specialty of the Senshu region. Made from azuki beans, sugar and rice flour, these unique treats have a deliciously moist and chewy texture as well as a melt-in-your-mouth flavor burst. Shiogo has been producing murasame the traditional way ever since 1854. Once upon a time it was difficult to get hold of murasame bean cakes from Shiogo, not least because they are totally preservative-free and last for only three days, and also because there are no other branches. Recently, however, Shiogo has introduced delivery to other regions, and has also created a murasame manju steamed bun that can be found in selected department stores. Why not do a taste test of the original murasame alongside the new version to see which you prefer!

Address 大阪府貝塚市西町7-1
Tel 072-422-0055
Official Website http://www.shiogo.co.jp/

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Inoue Amanatto Inoue Amanatto

Inoue Amanatto is another popular local shop that makes traditional hand-made amanatto sweet treats. They’ve been making them exactly the same way, free of preservatives and additives, since 1892. Amanatto deliver an incredible flavor experience that almost defies description, and Inoue Amanatto make the best around. Try stopping at just one!
“Soft and fluffy, with just a hint of sweetness,” says Kurumi.

Address 大阪府貝塚市澤1253
Tel 072-422-8478
Official Website https://www.instagram.com/satokonomise/

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Tsugekushi Kobo Tsujichu Shoten 黄杨梳工坊 辻忠商店

Tsugekushi combs are a unique traditional craft product from the Kaizuka area, made from Japanese boxwood using a traditional technique that dates back to the Asuka period (538 – 710). They came to national prominence midway through the Edo period (1603 – 1867), when they were popularly known as Izumi combs. It can take anywhere between two and ten years to prepare the boxwood. A complex series of drying, heating and pressurizing processes is used to produce a high-density timber with excellent flexibility, which is ideal for making combs that won’t bend or break.
Just as the traditional boxwood techniques from long ago have been carefully preserved through countless generations, so we too can keep these combs to give to our children.

Address 大阪府貝塚市澤389-1
Tel 072-432-5477
Official Website https://www.tsujichu.jp/

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Today’s highlights

  • Mizuma Railwa, Mizuma Kannon Station
  • Yakuyoke Kaido, Mizuma-dera Temple, Mizuma Park
  • Zenbei Land
  • Mukashin
  • Haru Shokudo
  • Shiogo
  • Inoue Amanatto
  • Tsugekushi Kobo
  • Kaizuka Station