"Fujiidera may be a tiny town, but it has great nature, a very long history, lovely cafes, and satisfying treats to take home. The best part is that all these things are within walking distance of each other!
The Cafe & Sweets Walking Tour is the perfect itinerary for holiday sightseeing, allowing you to enjoy various attractions while taking a stroll!"
The oldest giant keyhole-shaped kofun in the Furuichi Kofun Group.
Built in the late 4th century, Tsudoshiroyama Kofun is the oldest giant keyhole-shaped kofun (mounded tomb) in the Furuichi Kofun Group. The mound is 210 meters long and has a double moat and embankment. Waterfowl-shaped haniwa (clay figures) excavated from the inner moat have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The surrounding area is a place where locals go to relax and enjoy seasonal flowers such as irises, cosmos, and plum blossoms.
A venerable shikinai-sha surrounded by lush greenery.
This shrine is classified as a shikinai-sha, meaning its long history can be traced back to the 10th century, when it was listed in the Engishiki (“Procedures of the Engi Era”) and recognized as an “official shrine.” It originally enshrined the ancestors of the Mononobe clan. During the Muromachi period (1336–1573), Kasuga no Kami was also enshrined here. The name of the local area, Kasugaoka, comes from this deity. Later, during the Meiji era (1868–1912), Nagano Jinja, a local shrine, merged with Karakuni Shrine. The long approach to the shrine is surrounded by lush greenery and it has been selected as one of the 100 Beautiful Views of Osaka Greenery. Many people visit the shrine to pray for safe childbirth and to ward off bad luck.
A building with an impactful exterior. Check out the history exhibit area!
The design of this building brings to mind boat-shaped haniwa (clay figures) and a shura (sledge used to haul heavy stones). The second floor of the building houses a history exhibit area where excavated artifacts are on display. In the history exhibit area, visitors can learn about the ancient history of Fujiidera through paleolithic artifacts and examine items such as a waterfowl-shaped haniwa excavated from the Tsudoshiroyama Kofun (an Important Cultural Property) and the ironware burial facility at the Nishihakayama Kofun. Also on display is a replica of the tombstone of Ino Manari, an exchange student who traveled to the Tang Dynasty, which was discovered in Xi’an, China. This exhibit allows visitors to learn about the Japanese envoys dispatched to Tang China.
A cake store popular for its cute mini cream puffs.
This cake store continues to be a favorite of local customers. Its motto is “making our customers’ wonderful time even better with delicious sweets.” The showcase is lined with beautiful cakes that appear to sparkle and shine with an abundance of seasonal fruits. Their cute mini cream puffs and wide variety of baked goods are also popular.