We meet at the gate of Kumatori Station (JR Hanwa Line). Move to Mt. Ameyama. Along a way, we stop by a convenience store to pick up a beverage. From the entry gate of the mountain, we start going into a trail to the summit. It takes about 40-50 minutes to the peak. You can enjoy forest bathing that would hard to imagine that the place is located in Osaka. Take some rest at the summit. Enjoy the view of the Osaka bay. I will serve you either hot tea / coffee by a guest's choice. After that, guest can choose paths to the original location. 1) Longer trail, guests can enjoy going deeper in a forest and rather tougher a corridor. (Takes 2 hours) 2) The same route as coming up to the top. (Takes 40-50 minutes). Back in Kumatori Station. The tour ends.
I grew up at a village called Wada in Kumatori-town located near Kansai International Airport. The village has been existing over, at least, eight hundred years. The villagers inherited many spiritual and traditional rituals from ancestors. I was one of the last villagers who learnt and experienced many of those rituals which had been embedded in the culture and nature of the neighbourhood. I followed my grandparents taken roles to preserve such rituals. I was taught by them about why it was important to express respect and appreciation to what the nature brought to us. We have awed of the nature and co-lived with them. Unfortunately, many of those learnings are not inherited any more... I will take my guests to walk through my favorite nature of my neighbourhood and talk historical landscape at a suburb of southern Osaka.
Mt. Ameyama is namely a rainy mountain in direct translation. It was believed that the mountain was a god of rain. Our ancestors prayed for the mountain when it comes to a drought. There was a fortress in the mountain during early Samurai warriors period. It was written in a battle history in 14th century. The location was critical for geo-political perspective hence the view from the top is very scenic.
Walkable shoes such as trekking shoes or sneakers.
We can cancel when it rains. If you want to come, we can still visit the place with light rain. The trail is fine from kids to old unless one can independently walk.
Casual trekking with a local navigator