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Osaka: Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park

Located in Kumatori-town in Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park  (奥山雨山自然公園is a place ideal for jogging, trekking, biking, and even family bonding.

Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park is really blessed by Mother Nature. It has picturesque hills where one can see a 360-degree view of the park and its surrounding areas. It also has plenty of plant life that will surely add beauty to the park during the spring and autumn season. 
Cartoonized Map of the park
Just follow the route
The Eiraku dam from a distance
The placid waters and the orange colored leaves reflected upon it is a sight to behold.
The viewing deck on one of the hills
Aside from the park's natural beauty, there are also several man-made structures that equally adds to the appeal of the park. Examples of these are the Eiraku Dam, whose stored water gives a dramatic lake-like atmosphere, another one of these man-made structures is the walking course constructed around the "lake". It not only gives visitors a chance to see the different parts of the "lake" but also helps people get fit. Lastly, the viewing decks on top of the hills that gives trekkers an unobstructed view of the park.
Going up to the viewing deck
Thank you my dear tripod!
Umm... I hope somebody could translate this for me.
The viewing deck.
I visited Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park twice during my family's 27-day tour of japan. The first time I visited it was when Mr. Toshi brought me on a short drive around the walking course. The second was during my solo backpacking adventure to the park during the fourth day of our stay. 
Crossing the Eiraku Dam
The gazebo near the dam
Oh, so I'm here...
During my second visit, I not only got to complete the walking course around the "lake", but I also got the chance to hike up to one of the observatories on top of one of the hills in the park.
Cameo role!

Getting there:

Ride the #92 Nankai Bus from Nankai Main Line in Izumizano Station bound for Osaka University of Health and Sports Sciences. From the University the park is just 15-30 minutes away by foot.

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