By trainHirakata is served by Keihan Railway. In Osaka, from Kyobashi Station it costs ¥320 and ¥400 from Nakanoshima Station.
From Eastern Kyoto, you can reach Hirakata Station from Demachiyanagi (¥420), Sanjo (¥340), Gion-Shijo (¥340), and Chushojima (¥320). From Kyoto Station, you can transfer to the Keihan Line at Tanbabashi Station.
By busKeihan Bus services highway buses to and from Hirakata Station.
- From Kyoto, buses depart from Sanjo Station and Kyoto Station.
Although Hirakata is rather small, there are highway buses that come and go from Tokyo and Urayasu. Buses depart for Hirakata from Shinjuku (¥8600 one way) and Tokyo Disney Resort (¥7900 one way).
By busHirakata has a ¥100 Bus that travels from Hirakata Station to other destinations within the city.
Okami ShrineLocated atop Mount Mannenji, the shrine grounds are filled with plum blossoms around February and March. The mountain is considered to be one of the "Eight Scenic Spots of Hirakata".
Hoonji templeaddress: 3-4-10 Tanoguchi
phone: +81 72-844-3475Hirakata Park is a popular children's amusement park with something to do during every season. There are a variety of rides and attractions open to visitors year-round. They have a Ferris wheel, a few roller coasters, the Giant Drop, and even some wet rides. One unique attraction featured at Hirakata Park are the "adventures". There are a variety of these, and each is a bit different, from shooting laser guns to carrying a crystal ball through a maze. There is also an outdoor water park with an adult pool, children's pool, and several water slides. In the winter time, the pools are converted to ice skating rinks.
Yamadaike Parkaddress: 1-1 Yamadaikekoen
Kuzuha MallA shopping mall found at the Kuzuha Station on the Keihan Railway.
New DelhiDelicious Indian cuisine with highly affordable lunch specials and huge portions of naan.
PekinA small restaurant serving delicious Chinese dishes. The owner is quite friendly. Regulars are often treated to free gyoza with their meals.
7 Gods (aka 'Jins')A small, cozy izakaya (izakaya = bar at which they serve snacks) right outside of Kansai Gaidai east gate. The owner, Jin, loves foreign students, speaks quite good English and can give advices for travelling as well as a lot of interesting stories. A big beer is 350 Yen, you can get a big plate of yakimeshi (fried rice) for 450 Yen.
phone: +81728465511address: 11-11 Okahigashi-choAlthough it is an expensive hotel by Japanese standards, it is popular among those visiting students who are studying at Kansai Gaidai University.
Hotel Grand Bluephone: +81728468001address: 2-10 Okamoto-cho