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Tenpo-zan

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At 4.5 m above sea level, it is Japan's smallest mountain
A landmark of Osaka for visitors from the sea

(C) Osaka Convention & Tourism BureauMount Tempozan was generated through dredging work at the mouth of the Aji River carried out for two years from 1831. It is said that the mountain was originally about 20 m high but some of the soil was removed to construct a fortress for surveillance of foreign ships and defense. Today, Tempozan, at 4.5 m above sea level, is known as the smallest mountain in Japan.

The area has been developed as Tempozan Park. The park has seawalls and an observatory platform and many points that are higher than the summit of the mountain. A mountaineering society of local volunteers issues certificates commemorating people's climb to the summit for a fee. Furthermore, there is a mountain rescue unit prepared to respond to requests for a search and rescue service, but there haven't been any requests yet. This may sound like a joke but it is all true.

Nearby are Tempozan Cruise Terminal, which is the seaside entrance to the international city of Osaka, Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan), which is one of the largest aquariums in the world, Tempozan Market Place, which is a large commercial facility, Tempozan Harbor Village, with a Ferris Wheel, accommodation, and other facilities. The area attracts families and couples of all generations throughout the year.

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Address: Chikko, Minato-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Phone: 06-6571-0552 (Yahataya Park Office)
Directions: 7-minute walk from Osaka-ko Station (30 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station) on the Osaka Municipal Subway Chuo Line. (Car) 5 minutes from Tempozan Interchange on the Hanshin Expressway Wangan Line (parking available for a fee).

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