Hoshida-enchi Park, one of the “Osaka Prefecture People’s Forest” scattered in Osaka Prefecture. There are suspension bridges, artificial climbing walls, promenades, and observation spots in the park, so you can play as you enjoy the seasonal nature.
The biggest attraction of Hoshida-enchi Park is “Hoshi no Buranko” (The Swing of Star). Katano City, where Hoshida-enchi Park is located, is a place where the legend of Tanabata remains, so this suspension bridge was named as the symbol of “Starry Village”. It is the largest scale wooden floor suspension bridge that people can cross. You can enjoy the superb view while enjoying the thrill.
Follow the hiking route to the Swing of Star. The starting point is “Piton’s Hut”, which is also an information and rest area. There are vending machines for drinks and ice cream, chairs and tables for rest, and restrooms. It can be used free of charge from 9:00 to 17:00.
Opposite “Piton’s Hut” is a 16.5m tall climbing wall made of artificial walls. There is an experience zone for beginners, so you can enjoy climbing from children to adults regardless of experience.
The Swing of Star is about 15 minutes on foot from Piton’s Hut through the “Adventure Road”, one of the administrative or hiking routes of Hoshida-enchi Park. The other “Ridgeline Road” is a route arriving south of the Swing of Star, which also takes about 15 minutes. There are some slopes and unpaved areas on the hiking route, so please visit with shoes such as sneakers that are not slippery.
As you can see when you cross the bridge, there is nothing underneath the wooden planks. When you start slowly, the boards used on the floor are likely to be thick, the handrails are made of metal, and you don’t have to be bridged by your own weight. There is no swaying in the wind, so it is safe.
Even if you are not good at high places, you will be able to cross over while enjoying the natural surroundings. In autumn, you can see a superb view of red and yellow leaves.
Hoshida-enchi Park has a place where you can enjoy a more exhilarating view. After somehow crossing the “Swing of Star”, you will walk further toward the observation spot ahead. On the way, you will pass the “Yamabiko Plaza”, a rest spot with restrooms. You will arrive at the observatory spot on the hill in about 15 minutes after crossing the “Swing of Star”. Under the eyes you can see the “Swing of Star”.
If you look at it from the observatory, you can see Kyoto city on the right side of the other side of the mountain. From there, continue to Takatsuki City and Hirakata City in Osaka Prefecture. If you look further to the left, you will see the “Tower of the Sun” standing at the Expo Memorial Park in Suita City.
To get to the “Swing of Star”, if you use public transportation, get off at Kisaichi Station on the Keihan Electric Railway Kano Line, and follow the hiking course to arrive in about 40 minutes on foot. It takes about 70 minutes on foot from Hoshida Station on the Japan Railway Gakken Toshi Line via Hoshidamyoken-gu Shrine. Only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the Keihan Bus runs from Katano City Station on the Keihan Electric Railway Kano Line to the Hoshida Park. If you are not confident in your physical strength, we recommend using this bus.
“Hoshi no Buranko” (The Swing of Star) in Hoshida Enchi in Osaka is the longest class suspension bridge in Japan. It is a large suspension bridge with a total length of 280 meters and a height of 50 meters. Because it is a romantic name, it is also popular as a date destination place for couples. Good access from Osaka city “Hoshi no Buranko” is crowded with people who hiking with families. As the area is also the spot of autumn leaves, so many tourists visit in autumn.
It has a nice name “The Swing of Star”, but in fact it is a suspension bridge. The height is also 50 meters, it seems to be a thrilling attraction. If you visit on a date, it is surely a spot where connection will deepen. From the observation deck, you can see the superb view of Osaka shining.
“Hoshi no Buranko” (The Swing of Star) is a suspension bridge, why is it named “Swing”? This long bridge connecting the valley is given this name because it looks like a bridge over the Milky Way. It is a fairly name, but it is actually a thrilling scary spot.
It is located in Katano City, Osaka Prefecture adjacent to Nara Prefecture. About half of Katano City is a forest, and there is “Hoshida Enchi Park, Osaka Prefecture People’s Forest” in the mountains. It is a place of relaxation for Osaka citizens surrounded by rich nature. “Hoshi no Buranko” is the suspension bridge at Hoshida Enchi, the most popular spot in Hoshida Enchi.
The suspension bridge “Hoshi no Buranko” (The Swing of Star) is in the place, where the vast nature spreads, called “Hoshida Enchi” in Katano in Osaka.
The site of “Hoshida Enchi” is the extensiveness which is proud of 1,050,000 square meters. There is the hiking course that can enjoy seasonal beauty.
From this suspension bridge, the woods of Hoshida Enchi can be seen under their view, and an air walk can be enjoyed with the feeling that became the bird.
Katano is famous as “the Legend of Raining Stars” that the star came down when Kobo Daishi recite a charm, and the birthplace of Tanabata,. It is the town with much the name of a place and tradition which are related to a star.
This is also the reason the suspension bridge named “The Swing of Star”
It is the highlight in 280 meters in full length, and 50 meters of the highest ground quantities. The size is more than expected.
You must get excited to its force. As wooden suspension bridge for human use, it is largest domestically.
If it reaches further via the “Yamabiko square” from the “Swing of Star”, it will appear in the view deck. The view from here is an unparalleled view. There is feeling of satisfaction just to see scenery from this height.
From the observation deck, the Swing of Star looks small.
It takes about 3 to 4 hours by total including a descent from a mountain. Because there are other places that you should look at in various ways, please visit the person strong enough and having a lot of time.
|Name:||Hoshi no Buranko (The Swing of Star)|
|Address:||Hoshida 5019−1 Katano, Osaka 576-0016 Japan|
|Access:||Keihan Dentetsu Katano-sen Line “Kisaichi-eki Station” (40 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 72-891-0110 (Hoshidaenchi Management Office)|