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  • Boundary between the forest and the city
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  • Getting away from everyday life
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  • Okuno-in, the inner sanctum of Nakayamadera Temple
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  • Paradise of blooming Tsutsuji (Rhododendron subgen. tsutsusi)
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  • Taking a break
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  • Meoto-iwa Rocks
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Takarazuka Recreation Forest


Elevation Lowest : 80m / Highest : 464m

Kitanakayama Yasuragi-no-michi hiking trail in Takarazuka ― a verdant, serene trail

Kitanakayama Yasuragi-no-michi hiking trail in Takarazuka ― a verdant, serene trail

Newest information
Please visit official tourism websites for the latest updates and information.
Kinki Chugoku
Flower-viewing (cherry (Prunus)) (Includes surrounding area) Autumn leaf viewing (Includes surrounding area) Waterfall viewing Birdwatching (Includes surrounding area) Picnics (lawn area/park) (Includes surrounding area) Mountain climbing Cycling (cycle path) (Outside the forest) Hot Spring (Outside the forest) : Takarazuka Hot Spring, Takedao Hot Spring Shrine / Temple visit (Outside the forest) (Payment required in some cases)
Geographical/topographical features
The forest is located almost at the center of Takarazuka City in Hyogo Prefecture. In addition to a panoramic view of the city of Takarazuka, visitors are treated to magnificent views extending from the Rokko Mountains to the Muko Plain and Osaka Bay from the Meoto-iwa Enchi resting place and other places along the ridge within the forest.
Also, a grassy meadow named "Yasuragi Hiroba" has been developed at the west end of the forest where hikers can take a break and eat their packed lunches.
Historical/cultural features
Nakayamadera Temple stands at the foot of the mountain. Visitors can pray there for the safe birth of a healthy child and the temple is crowded with visitors who come to receive "oharaobi" (maternity belts) on Inu no Hi ("dog day," a day to pray for safe and easy delivery) on the traditional Japanese calendar. Another historic site is Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple, the main temple of the Shingon Sambo sect of Buddhism, built more than 1,100 years ago at the command of Emperor Uda.
Okuno-in, the inner sanctum of Nakayamadera Temple, stands near the center of the forest, about 50 minutes on foot from the main hall of Nakayamadera Temple.
Climate, flora and fauna
The area has a temperate Seto Inland Sea climate. It is a natural forest mainly consisting of broad-leaved trees. Along the mountain trails, tall deciduous trees including Irohamomiji (Japanese maple (Acer palmatum Thunb.)) and Konara (Quercus serrata) and plants such as Tsutsuji (Rhododendron subgen. tsutsusi), Nejiki (Lyonia ovalifolia ssp. Neziki) and Natsuhaze (Vaccinium oldhamii Miq.) thrive. In spring, cherry (Prunus) trees captivate visitors to Meoto-iwa Enchi and Yasuragi Hiroba.
The Takarazuka Recreation Forest is conveniently located near an urban area in Takarazuka City which has a population of 200,000 people. With mountain trails criss-crossing the forest, it is a popular outdoor spot that families can easily visit.
A web map guide using QR codes (matrix barcodes) on guide posts in the forest is currently undergoing testing.
Latest Information
Regular events
A mountain cleaning hiking event, "Clean Hike," is held every November.
Warnings (Flora and fauna)
Kaentake (Podostroma cornu-damae): This mushroom is found from summer to autumn. Its color is orange to red, and its shape resembles the fingers of a hand sticking out of the ground. Don't touch it as it causes inflammation. It has been seen in the forest since around 2016.
Warnings (Dangerous areas)
Mountain trails become slippery after it rains. Please exercise caution.
Usage Guide
Entrance fee
Free of charge
Opening seasons and hours
Accessible 24 hours a day
Accommodation options
There are many Japanese inns for tourists and business hotels in and around Takarazuka City.
Toilets and drinking fountains (Includes surrounding area) Toilet (accessible) (Outside the forest) Footpath / walking trail / nature trail (Includes surrounding area) Walking trail (accessible) (Outside the forest) Bike trail (Outside the forest) Parking lot (Outside the forest) Observation platform Vending machine (Outside the forest) Shop (Outside the forest) Restaurant (Outside the forest) Resource center / Museum (Outside the forest) (Payment required for use of facilities and participation in activities) : The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, Takarazuka Bunka Sozokan World Heritage Site / Cultural asset (nationally designated) (Outside the forest) (Payment required in some cases): Nakayamadera Temple (nationally designated) Accommodation facilities (Hotels/Japanese inns) (Outside the forest)
Nakayamadera, Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By public transport
<Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • [Railway] 15 minutes on foot from Hankyu Nakayama-kannon Station
  • [Bus] 5 minutes on foot from the Hankyu Nakayama Kannon Kitaguchi bus stop of Hankyu Bus
<Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • [Railway] JR Osaka Station → (5 minutes on foot) → Hankyu Umeda Station → (Hankyu Takarazuka Main Line: about 30 minutes) → Hankyu Nakayama-kannon Station
  • [Bus] Takarazuka bus stop → (Hankyu Bus: 40 minutes) → Hankyu Nakayama Kannon Kitaguchi bus stop
By car
  • Chugoku Expressway Takarazuka IC → (public road: about 10 minutes) → Takarazuka Recreation Forest
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

No parking lot is available at the Recreation Forest, but privately run parking lots are available around Hankyu Nakayama-kannon Station. The parking fee is approximately 100–200 yen per hour.

Nearby tourist facilities
  • Nakayamadera Temple, Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple
Management office contact details
Hyogo District Forest Office
Information on Other Local Tourist Attractions
Takarazuka Grand Theater (Takarazuka Revue Company)
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Official Tourist Information
Takarazuka International Tourism Association [External link]
Takarazuka Municipal Office [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee
Takarazuka Recreation Forest Management Committee
Park and River Division, Takarazuka Municipal Office

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