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更新日:2017年10月20日

Sightseeing and Festivals

Japanese(日本語(にほんご))

Minoh City is well known for its beautiful natural view, especially in Meiji Memorial Forest Minoh Quasi-National Park where you can appreciate the beauty of the four seasons. The city, with its surrounding mountains and hills, has spectacular cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. Alongside traditional local events, there is a festival called  "Minoh Matsuri" held every year, that many Minoh citizens actively participate in.

Information on sightseeing, accommodation, event schedules and transport in and around Minoh and Osaka is available at the following centers.

  • Minoh Tourist Information Center
    TEL 072-723-1885 (Japanese)
    FAX 072-723-1884
    Address 1-1-1, Minoh Minoh City
    Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and all days in November
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Mondays - Fridays
    Closed on Thursdays (If Thursday is a public holiday, it will be closed the next day.), also from 28th December to 4th January. 
    (It is open every day in November.)
  • Osaka City Visitor Information Centers (English and Japanese)
    EL 06-6305-3311
    *Umeda (JR Osaka Station 1F North of Central concourse(Railways and Tourist Information Center) TEL 06-6345-2189
    *Namba (Nankai Terminal Building 1F) TEL 06-6631-9100 
     

Events and Traditional Festivals information in Minoh

 January

  • Fire Fighting Review on New Year (3rd)
    All the fire fighters in Minoh City, including professionals and volunteers, display fire fighting and rescue training.
  • Coming-of-Age Festival (The 2nd Monday of the month.)
    In Japan, when people turn 20 years old, they are recognized as an adult under the law. In each city, they get together and are celebrated on this day. 
  • TONDO (15th)
    People bring decorations from the New Year such as SHIMENAWA to shrines and burn them. It is said that the ash prevents evil coming into your house if you put it at your front gate.
  • HATSU-MOUDE at a shrine or temple(1st, 2nd, 3rd)
    People visit a shrine or temple, and pray for health and happiness for the New Year.
  • YAKUBARAI-KOJIN Festival of Katsuoji Temple (28th)
    A holy fire (GOMA) of 3m tall cypress leaves is burnt and people pray for health and happiness for the New Year.

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 February

  • SETSUBUN Festival of Taishakuji Temple, "Star Festival" (2nd)
    People walk barefoot on burnt logs which were used for a holy fire and pray for health and happiness for the New Year.

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 April

  • Door Opening Festival of Ryuanji Temple (15th)
    YAMABUSHI(Mountain monks), open the doors of GYOJADO Hall, in which an image of ENNOGYOJA, the founder of SHUGENDO, is placed. The YAMABUSHI pray and start their training for the year.
  • Japanese pepper from Todoromi
    Japanese pepper, a delicacy, is sent down from Todoromi.

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 May

  • Fresh Green Carnival
    At Minoh parks, there are various kinds of events such as stamp collecting etc.

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 June

  • Mountain lilies are in bloom
    Wild mountain lilies on the mountains bloom a sweet smelling pink flower.
  • Dental Awareness
    An award ceremony for drawing and humorous poem competitions about healthy teeth, and free dental consultations and blood pressure tests are held.
  • Ina Fureai Center Festival
    People over 60 years old enjoy dances, music, calligraphy exhibitions, etc.

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 July

  • Ryuanji Temple Hoon Hoyo(7th)
    YAMABUSHI get together from around the Kinki area make a holy fire and pray for ENNOGYOJA on the anniversary of his death.
  • KAMISHIBAI Festival
    People enjoy KAMISHIBAI, a form of traditional Japanese story telling, through this festival including a hand-made Kamishibai contest.
  • Loquat Harvest in Todoromi
    Large sweet loquats, a unique product of Todoromi, are in harvest.
  • AYU Fishing in the Yono River
    AYU, river trout, are released into the Yono River of Todoromi and people fish for them.
  • Summer Evening Festival (Minoh area, Ao area, Sakurai area)
    People enjoy stalls, BON dancing, and some games in the evening.
  • Minoh Festival
    People enjoy parades, BON dancing, MINOH TAIKO (Japanese drumming) and night stalls.
  • Summer Fiesta in Minoh Park
    The waterfall and river are beautifully illuminated in the road between Minoh Station and the waterfall. (Until the end of August)

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 August

  • MANDORO Fire Festival(6th)
    Held to pray for the flourishing of the city, and the revival of traditional culture, a fire parade down the river bank of Senri River with Japanese lanterns made by childen, straw torchlights etc.
  • Hakushima MANDORO (14th)
    It has been held for over 300 years. People walk along holding up about 2m long torches, representing the spirits of their ancestors.
  • JIZO BON (24th)
    People pray to JIZO, a guardian deity of children, for peace and safety.

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 September

  • Environmental Health Week
    Together, residents clean around the roads and parks as part of the Clean-Minoh project on the third Sunday of September.
    An environmental fair is held for the purpose of thinking about recycling and the reduction of garbage.
  • Chestnut Harvest in Todoromi
    Large chestnuts, a well-known product in Todoromi, are in harvest.
  • Youth Culture Festival
    Young people present cultural activities such as music, drama and paintings.
  • Respect for the Elderly Ceremony
    People aged over 72 years old are honored and celebrated their long lives in the communities.   
  • Elderly Culture Exhibitions
    Art works such as photos, calligraphy and hand crafts made by the elderly are exhibited.

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 October

  • Autumn Festival
    Many shrines in the city hold festivals to pray for safe and good harvests in the area. People enjoy drumming performances, MIKOSHI (portable shrine) parades and stalls.
  • TOMI HOUJI (TOMI KUJI) at Ryuanji Temple (10th)
    TOMI KUJI is a kind of lottery that was popular in the Edo Period.  Ryuanji Temple in Minoh Mountain is the origin of these lotteries.  They origined around 440 years ago. 
  • A memorial service for insects of Saikoji Temple (1th week of Saturday and Sunday each month)
    It has been held for about 70 years. People pity the short lives of insects and hold a memorial service for them.
  • Sports Carnival
    People of a wide range of ages enjoy various kinds of sports.
  • Citizen Exhibition
    Paintings, photos and handcrafts made by citizens are exhibited and excellent pieces are awarded prizes.

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 November

  • Maple Festival
    Events are held at Minoh Park when the maple leaves are in full color.
  • Environmental Hygienics Week
    Used furniture and the like are handed out as part of recycling events.
  • INOKO in Todoromi
    Children visit houses, beating the ground with bundles of straw, hoping for good harvests.
  • YUZU in harvest in Todoromi
    YUZU cituses, which smell good and are used for cooking etc, are in harvest in Todoromi.
  • Door Closing Ceremony of Ryuanji Temple
    YAMABUSHI burn holy fires and close the doors of GYOJADO, at the end of their training through the year.
  • Agricultural Festival
    Local agricultural products are valuated and sold.

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 December

  • Flower Cabbages are Delivered
    White and purple flower cabbages, which are used to decorate the front gates of houses on New Years, are delivered from Niina.
  • Social Welfare Council Bazaar
    The Social Welfare Council hold a charity bazaar with local volunteers in order to help create a safe and co-operative community.
  • Fire Prevention Week
    Fire prevention is especially called for as there are often fires at the end of the year.

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