Tourist Attractions and Experiences

Forest of Osaka (Hoshida park)

A nature park where you can enjoy a stroll in the air on the “Star Swing,” the largest suspension bridge of Japan at a length of 280 meters and a height of 50 meters

A nature park (total 9 locations in prefecture) that has forests and facilities maintained by the Osaka government to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the prefecture and for visitors to enjoy the rich nature of Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park. At Hoshida park in Katano City, visitors can enjoy the changing seasons of the forests from sprouting buds to fresh greenery, from autumn to fallen leaves, or enjoy a stroll in the air on the “Star Swing (a 280 meter long suspension bridge)” or the “forest railway-like pedestrian bridge.” Additionally, the “Climbing Wall (16.5 meters high with a fixed 3-sided overhang wall)” was the venue for climbing during the 1997 Namihaya National Sports Festival of Japan, and continues to attract users from across the Kinki region. Furthermore, inside the park are various hiking trails with many large stones scattered about such as the “Takerugamine” which legend says that the sun goddess's grandson's descended to earth, as well as places to bask in the forest greenery and for bird watching.

Basic information

  • Parking Available
  • Barrier Free
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM However, the Star Swing and Climbing Wall can be used from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
New Year’s holidays from December 29th to January 4th The “Star Swing” suspension bridge and parking lot are not available for use, but admission into the park is free.
- About a 50-minute walk on the hiking trail (Circular Nature Trail, or the trail along the river) from Kisabe Station on the Keihan Katano Line
- About a 70-minute walk from Hoshida Station on the Gakkentoshi Line
Hoshida, Katano City
072-891-0110(9:30 AM to 4:30 PM closed from December 29th to January 4th during New Year’s holidays)

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