Visiting Ikeda City, Osaka for the Day

by Jackie
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Ikeda Castle Park and the castle is one of the spots to check out when visiting Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture

Visiting Ikeda City in Osaka Prefecture may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when exploring Osaka, yet this quiet city has interesting places to visit. 

Located north of Osaka, Ikeda (池田市 in Japanese) is a fun place to visit for a day and has attractions for all ages. Whether you want to visit the original Cup Noodles Museum, see views of the city, or check out historical sites, there is something for everyone! 

Sounds interesting? Continue reading this Ikeda travel guide where we’ll share how to get there, how to get around, and places to check out on your Ikeda City day trip.

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How to Get to Ikeda City, Osaka

The best way to travel to Ikeda is by taking the train and getting off at Ikeda Station. 

Hankyu Railway is the train company running the line. Therefore, you cannot use the JR pass for this route. However, you can use an ICOCA card or pay cash for the ticket. 

From Kansai International Airport to Ikeda Station, it’ll take 1 hour 40 minutes to 2+ hours. 

There are a few train options to take from Kansai International Airport to Osaka. The most popular one is to take the JR Haruka Line to Tennoji Station and then take the Osaka Loop to Osaka Station.

At the Osaka Station, you’ll need to walk to the Osaka-Umeda Station to the Hankyu lines. Then, you’ll take the Takarazuka Main Line and get off at Ikeda Station.

From Osaka Station to Ikeda Station, it’ll take around 20-30 minutes. Then you’ll follow the same instructions as above from Osaka Station.

Walk to the Osaka-Umeda Station to the Hankyu lines. Then, take the Takarazuka Main Line to Ikeda Station.

How to Travel Around Ikeda

The easiest way to travel around Ikeda is by walking. Many of the attractions are within a 20-minute walk from the Ikeda Station. We opted to walk around to get some fresh air and exercise. 

For the sites further away, there are Hankyu bus lines. There are bus stops outside of the Ikeda Station and nearby attractions.  

Map of Places to Visit in Ikeda

Map of places to visit in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture

Click on the map to see a larger view of places to visit in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture. Credit: Map data: Google

Top Ikeda Attractions to Visit

1. Ikeda Visitor Center

Whenever we go somewhere new, we like to visit the visitor center to get information on what to do in the city and get a city map. Luckily, Ikeda’s Visitor Center is in the Hankyu Ikeda Station so it’s convenient to visit. 

Staff can provide information in English and Japanese on the best places to visit, where to eat, and more. 

Don’t forget to pick up your visitor guide while you’re here which has a map. 

Address: Ikeda Station (1 Sakaemachi, Ikeda, Osaka 563-0056)

Opening Hours: 9:30am to 5:00pm

2. Cup Noodles Museum Osaka

Who likes to eat Nissin instant ramen and cup noodles? Momofuku Ando is the creator of the famous chicken instant noodle and its beloved Nissin products. 

While you may have heard about Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohoma, the Ikeda Cup Noodles Museum is the original branch. Therefore, this museum is much smaller than the Yokohama branch and doesn’t have as much English-translated signage. 

The Ikeda museum still has the wall of Nissin Cup Noodles, the story of instant noodles, theater, and a wooden shed for the birth of chicken ramen. 

The good part about this museum is that you can customize a cup noodle at the My Cup Noodles Factory! It’s one of the best experiences to visit here for everyone, including children. 

When entering the museum, the customer service person will ask if you want to make a personalized cup noodle and then will give you a ticket with a time slot. 

After paying 500 yen for a blank cup and sterilizing your hand, you get 20 minutes to design your cup with markers and go through the process of creating your cup noodle filling. You get to choose your soup base and four toppings, and then see the cup get sealed and shrink-wrapped with plastic. Then you can put your cup in an inflatable protective bag.

In front of the museum, there is a statue of Momofuku Ando and an adorable manhole cover of the chicken from the chicken ramen.

Jackie Szeto, Life Of Doing, walks along the ramen tunnel with a wall of Nissin products and instant noodles A colorful mancover at Cup Noodles Museum Ikeda with a yellow chicken from Nissan instant ramen and Ikeda backdrop

Address: 8-25 Masumicho, Ikeda, Osaka 563-0041

Opening Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm (Last admission at 3:30pm). Closed on Tuesdays. 

Admission: Free to visit, but an extra fee to make a cup noodle or chicken ramen factory

3. Satsukiyama Zoo

You may have noticed wombats as the mascot of the city. 

Since Ikeda is the sister city of Launceston, Tasmania, there are many Australian animals at Satsukiyama Zoo such as wallabies and wombats. Other animals here include alpacas, owls, ponies, sheep, guinea pigs, and more. 

There are four wombats here and they are adorable! Two of them slept while the other two walked around and ate food. Wain, one of the wombats, is the Guinness World Record holder as the oldest wombat in captivity at 32 years and 86 days as of January 2022.

This is a small zoo so it doesn’t take long to go through. Children will love coming here to see the animals. 

When we visited during the fall season, the ginkgo leaves are beautiful here! 

If you want a snack, the gift shop sells ice cream. 

Satsukiyama Zoo in Ikeda City, Japan has a sign stating that it's a sister city of Launceston, Tasmania and sheep in the background A wombat behind an enclosure at Satsukiyama Zoo in Ikeda City, Japan

Address: In Satsukiyama Park, 2 Chome-5 Ayaha, Ikeda, Osaka 563-0051

Opening Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm (Mondays to Fridays); 10:00am to 5:00pm (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays)

Admission: Free

4. Shubodai Observation Point

Located in the Satsukiyama Park and nearby the Satsukiyama Zoo, there is a short hiking path to see the Shubodai Observation Point (秀望台). 

The hike takes less than 10 minutes and it isn’t technical. The path is made out of rocks, but it can get slippery when going down. 

Once you reach the top, you’re rewarded with a nice city and river view of the Nakabashi Bridge (that looks like a giant harp). 

We heard that many people visit at sunset. Since the view is clear, it would be a nice spot to see the sunset. 

If you’re ambitious or have more time, there is another viewpoint up along the road called Satsukidai (五月台). There is also a shrine, Atago Shrine, that you can visit. 

A city view of the bridge and waterway from Shubodai Observatory Point, nearby the Satsukiyama Zoo in Ikeda, Japan

Here is a lovely view of the Ikeda City from the Shubodai Observatory Point.

Address: Ayaha, Ikeda, Osaka 563-0051. Click here to see the pin on Google Maps. 

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Admission: Free

5. Ikeda Castle Park

Ikeda Castle Park (also referred to as Ikeda Shiroato and Ikeda Castle Ruins) is a former castle area of the Ikeda family. The family governed this area through two time periods – Muromachi (the year 1336 to 1573) and Sengoku (1467 to 1615). 

Currently, this is a public park with a beautiful garden area and a restored castle to see a higher view of the park and the city view. During our visit, we saw gorgeous momiji (maple) leaves with hues of red, orange, and yellow. 

A restored castle at Ikeda Castle Park with a koi pond and a deck for visitors

Ikeda Castle Park is a gorgeous place to visit on your Ikeda day trip.

Visitors walking in the garden area of Ikeda Castle Park with fall colored leaves

Ikeda Castle Park’s garden area is a pretty spot to see maple (momiji) leaves during the fall season.

Note: To get to the castle area, you will need to climb up a set of steep stairs as this place is on top of a small hill.

Address: 3-19 Shiroyamacho, Ikeda, Osaka 563-0052

Opening Hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm (closes at 5:00pm from November to March). Closed on Tuesdays.

Admission: Free

6. Other Attractions in Ikeda

Since we couldn’t see everything in Ikeda during our visit, here are other places to visit in Ikeda. 

  • Satsukiyama Botanical Gardens – This garden is free to visit and can be combined with your visit to Satsukiyama Zoo. 
  • Kureha Shrine – This Shinto shrine is close to the Ikeda Station. It hosts a popular festival in January “Ebisu Matsuri Festival” to celebrate the Ebisu god. 
  • Ikeda City Museum of History and Folklore – If you’re interested in learning more about the city and its history, check out this museum. This place is farther out than the other attractions so you may want to take a bus to get here. 

7. Minoh Park & Minoh Waterfall 

If you have extra time on your Ikeda day trip, consider visiting Minoh (Mino-o) Park and walking 2.8 kilometers one-way / 5.6 kilometers round-trip (1.7 miles one-way/ 3.4 miles round-trip) to the Minoh Waterfall. 

Read our Minoh Park day trip travel guide here.

Minoh Park is highly recommended to visit during the fall season as the momiji leaves are jaw-dropping. 

It’s a popular weekend spot as the walk to the waterfall isn’t difficult. The path is paved so it’s suitable for everyone. 

Along the way to the waterfall, embrace nature, try momiji tempura and other snacks, and appreciate the tranquil setting. 

Red and orange maple leaves surround the Minoh Waterfall, located in Minoh Park, Osaka Prefecture

You could combine a visit to Ikeda City and Minoh Waterfall on the same day

Address: 1-18 Minookoen, Minoh, Osaka 562-0002 (Nearest station: Mino-o Station) 

Note: This place is not in the same area as Ikeda so it’s best to take the train via Hankyu Railway. Or, you can visit this place on a separate day so the visit isn’t as rushed. 

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Admission: Free 

Final Thoughts

We hope you can visit Ikeda, Osaka on your next trip! While the Cup Noodles Museum is a top highlight, there are also other places to check out and spend the day in Ikeda. 

We suggest that you visit this city if you have more than 2 days in Osaka as this place is in the outer areas of Osaka. 

If you need ideas on other places to visit in the Kansai region of Japan, check out our posts:

If you have any questions about our post, ask a question in the comment section below. 

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