Everything from Traditional Industry to Seasonal Fruit Picking and Hot Springs Exciting Hands-on Experiences
Experience traditional industry and culture rooted in the old merchant traditions of Osaka, enjoy picking seasonal produce, or even take a boat trip out to sea. There's plenty of things to try here in Senshu! You're sure to find an activity that's perfect for you and make memories that stay with you for a lifetime.
Traditional industry ｜ Hands-on Traditional Industry Experiences
Saori Weaving Experience
Saori no Mori
Come to Saori no Mori to experience contemporary-style Saori weaving in an open-feeling, liberating workshop environment surrounded by nature. First-time weavers, children, and anyone else can enjoy this simple weaving style! Stop by and make your own one-of-a-kind piece.
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Sekka-shibori Snowflake Tie-Dye
Founded in 1931, this old dyer's shop offers you the chance to tie-dye your own tenugui towel, which is a product of traditional Sakai industry.
With sekka-shibori (lit. “snowflake dyeing”), you first fold the original fabric into three, choose your preferred coloring, and dye the fabric to create flower-like patterns that resemble crystalline snowflakes. Visitors complete the entire process themselves, starting with ironing and folding the fabric
before moving on to the dyeing itself. The result: an original tenugui towel that's uniquely yours!
Traditional industry ｜ Delicious Senshu Experience
Strawberry Farm HaruJan. to Early June
Tons of bright-red strawberries are available here, situated at a comfortable height to enable easy picking and the non-soil flooring makes for a clean environment.
Strawberry Farm Haru grows the Asuka Ruby variety, which has a sweet and juicy flavor with just the right amount of tartness mixed in.
Condensed milk, chocolate sauce and spray, and various other toppings are available to enjoy with these berries—they're so tasty you'll never want to stop! The farm's cakes, ice creams and drinks will also leave you satisfied. There's something for everyone here at Strawberry Farm Haru.
Traditional industry ｜ Senshu Tradition and Culture Experiences
Green Tea Experience
Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko
Located across from the remains of a residence once belonging to Sen no Rikyu, a revered tea ceremony master and major cultural figure, this tea ceremony facility includes a table-and-chair-equipped tearoom (Nankai-an) as well as genuine Japanese-style tearooms (Nishie-ken, Furo-ken, Tokuchi-ken and Muichi-an). There's no better place to introduce yourself to Japan's traditional tea ceremony and its customs, all in genuine tea facilities. Come and encounter the culture of Japanese green tea for yourself.
Sake Brewery Tour
Based on the motto “good sake should be enjoyed bit by bit,” Kitashoji Shuzo preserves the old traditions of hand-brewed Japanese sake.
The brewery was originally founded in 1921. During the tour, guests will be treated to explanations of the sake-making process. Furthermore, visitors can directly talk with the owner and head brewer about his own personal approach to sake brewing.
A local sake is the result of the place where it's made, the local climate and land, and the area's culinary traditions, among a multitude of other factors. By visiting this splendid brewery in person, you can encounter fascinating new things and enjoy a wholly unique experience.
Traditional industry ｜ Senshu Hot Spring Baths
Minamitei (Mount Inunaki Hot Springs)
Mount Inunaki Hot Springs is a popular yet secluded little gem of a hot spring resort in Osaka Prefecture. A charming village surrounded by nature, it the only such hot spring town left in Osaka.
Just 25 minutes from Kansai International Airport, Minamitei sits alongside the Inunaki River and serves as a great spot to relax in silence as you forget your daily worries. You can also enjoy the nearby forest scenery on a gentle walking trail around Mount Inunaki.
Boasting Osaka's only natural sodium hot spring baths, Okumizuma Onsen's waters are often called “beautifying waters” and “miraculous waters” due to their effects. The open-air baths look down on a mountain stream, and views of nature as it changes throughout the four seasons can be taken in as you bathe.
Savor spring cherry blossoms, summer fireflies, colorful autumn leaves, and snow-powdered scenes in winter, all reflected off the mountain stream by this hidden-away hot spring resort surrounded by nature.