Ikeda city is located in the north of Osaka Prefecture. The city was founded formally on April 29, 1939. It was developed as an urban town by a local railway company, Hankyu Dentetsu. Its founder Kobayashi Ichizo (Itsuo) lived there. It is now a centre for politics, economy, and culture in the Hokusetsu region, northern Osaka prefecture. Ikeda is most known as a home to attractions such as Expo Memorial Park, the Takarazuka Revue, Minoo Park and the Cup Noodles Museum, the northwestern reaches of Osaka also offer open space, greenery, and a generally more relaxed atmosphere. The foothills of the Rokko Mountains lie to the northwest, and a handful of hiking trails snake their way up into the dense forest.
Expo Memorial Park
The Expo Memorial Park spans some 264 hectares and offers wide-open lawns, Japanese gardens, museums and more. Millions first gathered here for the World Expo in 1970. To commemorate the event, the city preserved the grounds, transforming the area into a massive park. Some of the artefacts from the expo remain, including the Tower of the Sun, a huge sculpture that has appeared in the world-famous anime "Naruto" and become an unofficial symbol for the city.
Activities: Park visit, Photo stop Fee: Varies Time required: 45 minutes- 1 hour
Located on the outskirts of Osaka is Minoo/Minoh Park. During the fall, it is one of the best places in the Kansai Region to see the autumn colours in a natural setting, as opposed to the attractive fall foliage found at temples and gardens. The colours are usually best in the second half of November. Minoo Park's main hiking trail extends about three kilometres through a valley alongside the Minoo River leading to Minoo Waterfall. With a height of 33 meters, the waterfall is the park's main natural attraction. The first half of the trail passes by several shops, temples buildings and other facilities, while the latter half is a bit steeper and surrounded by trees. Activities: Walking, Shopping Photo stop Fee: None Time required: 45 minutes- 1 hour
Cup Noodles Museum Osaka Ikeda
Opened in 1999, this Nissin Foods museum introduces stories ranging from the invention of instant ramen to the history of the development that followed. Also featured is an overview of the eventful life of company founder and inventor Ando Momofuku. In addition to these exhibitions, this hands-on food education museum also features a large space for experiences and study, where visitors may do things such as trying their hand at making chicken ramen or creating an original cup noodle that exists nowhere else in the world in the “My Cup Noodle” factory. Activities: Museum visit Fee: JPY 800 (additional JPY 400 for My Cup Noodle) Time required: 45 minutes-1 hour
25 minutes drive away from Ikeda is the city of Takarazuka of Hyogo Prefecture; best known for its musical troupe. The Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female musical theatre troupe where women play all roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals and stories adapted from films, novels, shōjo (girls’) manga, and Japanese folktales. The women who play male parts are referred to as otokoyaku, and those who play female parts are called musumeyaku.