The 10 Best Things to Do in Ikeda, Japan

August 2, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, educator, author, and nuclear disarmament advocate. He has served as the third president and then honorary president of the Soka Gakkai, the largest of Japan's new religious movements.
Restaurants in Ikeda

1. Cup Noodle Mueseum

8-25 Masumicho, Ikeda 563-0041, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-752-3484
Excellent
47%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 506 reviews

Cup Noodle Mueseum

Dedicated to ramen noodle cups, the museum showcases the mind-boggling number of instant ramen flavor variations that have come out over the years and a reproduction of the hut where Momofuku Ando first created them.

Reviewed By helenjanelondon - london

We loved this! A slightly bizarre museum but if you don’t mind travelling slightly out of the way (you can use your JR pass to get there in about 20mins from Shibuya station) it’s worth a visit. A good message of ‘don’t give up’ and would be great for a family - kids would love making up their own cup noodle pot that they decorate too! We combined with a visit to the nearby train museum because we have a train-lover in the family... which is another museum good for kids.

2. Hankyu Corporation

Ikeda 563-0056, Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6133-3473
Excellent
28%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Hankyu Corporation

Reviewed By Quack H - HONG KONG

Nice, clean trains taking me from Umeda to Ikeda. It was a pleasant journey with warm seats in the train on a cold day in December.

3. Satsukiyama Zoo

5-2-5 Satsukigaoka, Ikeda 563-0029, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-752-7082
Excellent
23%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

Satsukiyama Zoo

Reviewed By RedPandaThirtyOne - Osaka, Japan

Satsukiyama Zoo is a very small collection operated by the City of Ikeda. The zoo is small both in terms of the land area (3000 square meters) and the number of animals. They have 3 wombats, a few wallabies, goats, sheep, alpacas, emus, chickens, rabbits, pigs, Guinea pigs, a Patagonia cavy, and a rogue-looking raccoon. The zoo is so small that you can walk its entire length in about 5 minutes.
It might be best to describe Satsukiyama as a “petting zoo” because the exhibits seem to be designed to allow visitors to get close enough to touch most of the animals (other than the wombats and the raccoon). Small coin-operated vending machines sell feed pellets for 100 yen, and there is a “fureai area” where children can handle rabbits, Guinea pigs, and chickens during designated times of the day. There is also a gallery that includes taxidermy specimens of wombats and other small animals. The displays in this gallery are very informative, but unfortunately the written explanations are only in Japanese.
Since 1967, the City of Ikeda has had a sister-city relationship with the City of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, and this seems to be the source of the wombats and wallabies. Furthermore, Ikeda City seems to have made the wombat its community mascot. There are a number of wombat statues and other images of wombats in the nearby shopping arcade.
This zoo is a little hard to find. I found an English language map at the train station, but there were no conspicuous English signs along the road leading to the park. It is located about one mile uphill from the Hankyu Ikeda Station, which is the same station for the popular Instant Ramen Museum. The zoo is located on the opposite side of the train station from the ramen museum.
Admission to the zoo is free, and the sign at the gate stated that hours of operation were from 9:15am to 4:45 pm.

4. Satsukiyama Park

2-5-33 Ayaha, Ikeda 563-0051, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-752-7082
Excellent
7%
Good
80%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Satsukiyama Park

Reviewed By kixguy - Osaka, Japan

Satsukiyama Park is located not too far from Ikeda station and can be reached on foot from the station. Autumn is a great time when trees are all tinted in beautiful colours. The park is spread over a huge area with lots of trees around. There is large ground for kids to play in with some swings etc. Has parking space so can be reached by car as well. There's a temple around there which is a point of interest for some.

5. Ikeda Castle Site Park

3-46 Shiroyamacho, Ikeda 563-0052, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-753-2767
Excellent
15%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Ikeda Castle Site Park

Reviewed By ART196

Isn’t Ikedajō just the cutest little castle? This is a bōrōgata tenshukaku typical of the Sengoku-jidai. Essentially it is a high roof hall with protruding turret at the top. There are also defensive features such as drop-chutes and there is a sort of yagura attachment so that the main keep forms a blocky “L” shape. Since this castle fell out of use early on, everything is reconstructed, and out of historically used materials, although extant archaeological remains include dorui, earthen embankments. They also found the remains of a rock garden and this has been recreated too, along with two types of walls, an arched bridge over a dry moat, several gates and a teahouse. There are no Exhibitions and the castle serves primarily as an observation tower surrounded by a traditional garden and koi pond.
History:
A fortification was first built on this site in 1334 by Ikeda Noriyori. The Ikeda clan ruled until 1570 when Araki Murashige defeated Ikeda Katsumasa. Araki moved to nearby Itamijō in 1580 and since then the castle was abandoned.

6. Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum

7-17 Tateishi-cho, Ikeda 563-0053, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-751-3865
Excellent
30%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

ここは入場には300円必要です。鉄道・住宅開発・歌劇・学園・映画・演劇・駅に隣接した百貨店などを次々と手がけた一大経済人であり、時の商工大臣、復興院総裁等の政治家も務めた関西の偉人です。彼にかかる資料、功績、写真等が展示されています。一方、かなり風流な人物でもあり、茶人としても、庭園造園、レストラン経営にも独特のセンスを発揮された人物の記念館です。

7. Hankyu Bus Co., Ltd.

Ikeda 530-0012, Osaka Prefecture
Excellent
19%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Hankyu Bus Co., Ltd.

Reviewed By ukairo_dash - Osaka, Japan

If you want to go somewhere in air conditioned luxury and at a cheap (by Japan standards) price, then you can't do worse than Hankyu bus.
The seats typically look brand new and are always on time (only late in arriving if you end up in a traffic jam, so be sure to check the route).
Drivers are always courteous (though their English ability may be nil). Typically there is someone there to help you load your suitcase under the bus (recommended).
Also would recommend the far back seat where you can recline without bothering anyone (reclining in any other seat is frowned upon if the bus is full)

8. Satsukiyama Driveway

Ayaha, Ikeda 563-0051, Osaka Prefecture
Excellent
12%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Satsukiyama Driveway

Reviewed By ykamachi - Mino, Japan

池田市の山は「五月山(さつきやま)」と呼びその山は連山になっていて隣接する箕面市の「箕面山」と道路で連がっている。山へは有料道路なので300円必要だがすぐに頂上付近に行ける。景観は遠くへ大阪、近くで池田市街、そして箕面では、近くに千里中央の街なみが見れる。こんな街中からすぐに山に上がれるのもここならではだった。紅葉にはまだまだ早いが。

9. Kyuan-ji Temple

697 Fushiocho, Ikeda 563-0011, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-752-1857
Excellent
15%
Good
78%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Kyuan-ji Temple

Reviewed By lisaaw - tasmania

This place located on the outskirts of Ikeda Osaka, is an unknown gem. Known to locals but just a bit out for them also you'll discover an oasis, a most beautifully situated garden in any season.
I've been going here for 25 years in the years of living and visiting Ikeda. It never disappoints. It's quite easy to get to. Hankyu Takarazuka line Ikeda station then catch a bus 15 mins.
I look forward to visiting in autumn this year having just visited it recently in spring when the poenie roses are beautiful.

10. Inagawa Fireworks

2 Momozono, Ikeda 563-0045, Osaka Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
70%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Inagawa Fireworks

The Inagawa Fireworks Festival is held over the Inagawa river. For the occasion, stands and food stalls are erected, giving the entire area a cheerful atmosphere as friends in yukata share shaved ice and fried noodles. When nightfall comes, the summer sky is lit up by rockets, and those who came early to reserve their seats are rewarded with a brilliant view.

Reviewed By Nakiame - Kyoto, Japan

For what I know, Inagawa seemed to me like a pretty massive and impressive fireworks. There are plenty of spots where you can see it perfectly.
The stands all around serve very good food including some things you don't find usually in the festivals, and the games you can find in some stands where really funny.
Especially the Superball, this one is really difficult.

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