[:en]This video is about an investigator who was given a mission to investigate Nose, Osaka. The town is surrounded by mountains which take up most of its land. The video introduces the nature of town and its industry with interviews of the lively people living in the area. Opposed to them describing Nose as “a town that has nothing”, the contents show the charm of the town very well.

 

 

Nose is located in the northernmost part of Osaka, and is a town full of nature, which the forest accounts for 80% of the town. There is no train, therefore driving cars is the main transportation in this town. The climate here is special, because the whole town is located at high altitudes, it is cold in the winter and cool in the summer. The sight of the gentle mountain range, the houses along the bottom of the mountains, and the rice field: the sight is represents Japanese Satoyama(undeveloped woodland near populated area), and heals the heart of people visiting the town.

Access to Nose

By Airplane:
Haneda Airport to Osaka (Itami) airport is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then take the Osaka monorail from Osaka-Airport Station to Hotarugaike Station (approx. 2 min), then take Hankyu Takarazuka Line from Hotarugaike Station to Kawanishi-Noseguchi Station (approx. 10 min), Nose Electric Railway Myouken Line from Kawanishi-Noseguchi Station to Yamashita Station (approx. 15min), and lastly it is approximately 25 minutes by bus from Yamashita Station Mae bus stop to Nose-cho Government Office Mae bus stop.

By Train:
It is approximately two hours 30 minutes by Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station. And approximately 50 minutes by car from Shin-Osaka Station to the city.

When you come to Nose, the places that you shouldn’t miss visiting:

Mt. Nosemyokenzan
The whole mountain is a place of worship. There is a ”legend of falling star”. This legend may be talking about a meteorite falling in the past. There are several hiking trails from the Myokensen Station of Nose Line to the mountaintop and you can enjoy various scenery on each trail.

 

Joruri Theater (a dramatic narrative chanted to a samisen accompaniment.)
Joruri is a Japanese traditional theater art where Tafu, a chief actor in traditional play, tells a story on the stage along with the sound of Shamisen, Japanese guitar. They have been continuing the tradition for 200 years. Even now, there are over 200 story tellers and the tradition of Joruri is deeply rooted in the area. Since there are only several performances each year including the bright lapis lazuli performance, if you hope to see it, be sure to check the schedule in advance.

Souvenirs you should get when you come to Nose :

Autumn Deer
This is a Japanese Sake made by a sake brewery in Nose. They are highly esteemed for being devoted to growing rice and brewing sake all by themselves. The sake they make are Junmai Sake, which is sake made without adding extra alcohol and it’s popular because you can taste the best flavor of the rice, and it also goes well with food. Its taste is stable whether served cold or warm. This is the charm of Autumn Deer.

 

It’s a place where you can feel true nature which you can’t feel in the city, the food nourished by the nature and the warmth of the people.

 [:ja]ミッションを与えられた調査員が、能勢町を調査するというテーマの動画です。町の大部分が山に囲まれた町で、いきいきと暮らす人々の様子とともに、町の自然や産業について紹介しています。「なにもない町」という自虐的なフレーズもありますが、むしろ町の魅力がよく分かる内容になっています。

 

 

大阪府の最北端にある能勢町は、町の8割を山林が占める自然豊かな町です。町内に鉄道路線はなく、車が主な移動手段となります。町全体が標高の高いところにあるため、夏は涼しく冬は寒い気候が特徴です。ゆるやかな山並みと、山の裾に集まる家々、そして田畑。日本の里山の典型のような風景が、訪れる人々の心を癒やします。

能勢町へのアクセス

飛行機の場合:
羽田空港から大阪(伊丹)空港まで約1時間15分。大阪モノレールの各駅停車で大阪空港駅から蛍池駅まで約2分。阪急宝塚線の各駅停車で蛍池駅から川西能勢口駅まで約10分。能勢電鉄妙見線の各駅停車で川西能勢口駅から山下駅まで約15分。バスで山下駅前から能勢町役場前まで約25分。

電車の場合:
新幹線で東京駅から新大阪駅まで約2時間30分。車で新大阪駅から市街地まで約50分。

能勢町に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

能勢妙見山
山全体が信仰の対象となっています。北極星が降りてきたという「星降伝説」が残されています。この伝説は、かつて隕石が落下したことを示すものではないかとも言われています。能勢電鉄の妙味口駅から山頂まではいくつかのハイキングコースが整備されており、コースによってさまざまな風景を楽しむことができます。

 

浄るりシアター
三味線の音色に合わせて太夫が物語を語る、日本の伝統芸能の浄瑠璃。能勢町では200年の間、その伝統を守り続けてきました。現在でも200人を超える語り手がいて、浄瑠璃の文化が地域にしっかりと根づいています。年に数回、浄瑠璃公演がありますので、観覧希望の場合はスケジュールをチェックした上で訪問しましょう。

 

能勢町に来たら!絶対買うべきおみやげ

 

秋鹿
能勢町の蔵元がつくる日本酒です。お米づくりから日本酒づくりまでを一貫して行うこだわりが高く評価されています。アルコールを添加しない純米酒で、お米の旨味を最大限まで引き出した味わいが人気で、料理にもよく合います。温めても冷やしても、味が安定しているのが秋鹿の魅力です。

 

都会では絶対に味わうことができないありのままの自然と、その環境に育まれた食、人の暖かさを感じられる町です。

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