Thank you for coming to I Love Katano.

This is a private website to root for Katano City (Osaka, Japan). This website will introduce Katano City’s history, culture, latest events, and popular spots. I hope you enjoy them and have the interests in Katano City.

Although Katano City is an obscure city for even many Japanese as well as foreign travelers who visit Japan, it has a variety of original events and spots. I would like you to experience a quaint countryside of Japan in Katano City.

If interesting, please visit Katano City and discover something new.

I would be happy if this website is helpful for your travel to Japan.


New Upload

Oct. 29th A new shop – SotoCafe has been uploaded in “Shops & Restaurants“.

New Disaster Prevention Manual Uploaded on Katano’s Disaster Prevention Manual page

Natural Disasters in Katano revised edition 2014
Natural Disasters in Katano revised edition 2014

A new revised disaster prevention manual for foreign residents of Katano; “Natural Disasters in Katano revised edition 2014” has been completed. A new page about Emergency Warning System has been added to the manual. It would be happy if the revised manual is helpful to learn natural disasters in Katano.

To read the revised manual, please click here.


Katano’s Latest News

Katano Canvas 2017

A fantastic art event is back to Katano since 2015.

Katano Canvas 2017 will be held at the Botanical Garden of Osaka City University from December 23rd to 24th.

In the event, you can enjoy not only art works but also various art performances. For example, on the main stage, a famous music band – One Eighty shows their brilliant music performance. Furthermore, a girl’s cheerleading team performs their cheerleading dance.

Food stalls open only on December 23rd.

The event starts from 10:00a.m.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/Katano-canvas-576352712431471/?hc_ref=ARQ9hGhhHabLI3zMSw_5XgAQIMhs-7xI_FBPMQfrMXQ_FplHdNt1eNrgMBomYgX9P6c&fref=nf


Katano Marathon 2018 – Re:born

A new sports event will be held on April 22nd 2018. It is Katano Marathon 2018 – Re:born.

Katano Marathon 2018 is a major sports event which succeeds and develops the historical fruits of the marathon event from 2011 to 2016. In the previous event, more than 7000 runners enjoyed a Katano’s spring road.

Although the previous event unfortunately finished in 2016, Katano decided to restart the new marathon event in 2018. Katano Marathon 2018 is underpinned not by a specific company but by people and local organisations.

The entry of Katano Marathon 2018 has kicked off from October 15th. Running courses are distinguished into three categories – 10km, 3km, and 1.5km. The entry finishes on February 28th 2018.

You can apply for Katano Marathon 2018 from the official website or at Katano Ikiiki Land.

Katano Marathon 2018 URL: http://katano-marathon.com

Katano Ikiiki Land

A Memory of The Widow Castle

Katano City Museum of History and Folklore is holding the special exhibition titled “A Memory of the Widow Castle” until December 24th. The special exhibition displays rare historical materials relating to Kisabe Castle.

When the head of Kisabe Castle, Ukon Yasumi, was enforced to kill himself by Hisahide Matsunaga who controlled the Yamato Area next to Katano, the Ukon’s widow looked after his subordinates and the castle until his son succeeded his position. Hence, Kisabe Castle was historically called “Widow Castle”.

This special exhibition introduces the history of the widow castle. This is a rare chance to know another aspect of the history of Kisabe Castle.

The special exhibition – “A Memory of The Widow Castle” is being held at Katano City Museum of History and Folklore until December 24th.


Let’s Enjoy Holiday in Katano with Katano Gelato

Katano Jelato

Katano Merchant Association (Katano Shogyo Rengokai) has produced new Italian ice cream called “Katano Gelato”.

To collaborate with local companies and farmers, Katano’s local foods are used as an ingredient. For example, Yamano Shuzo’s Sake lees flavour, Mr. Masui’s lemon flavour, and Mr. Hoshino’s kiwi fruit flavour are sold at several shops and restaurants in Katano. Furthermore, new flavours using Katano’s local produces will be appeared in the shops and restaurants consecutively.

Katano Gelato is the best ice cream that can satisfy you.

The Social Security and Tax Number System


The Social Security and Tax Number System starts from October 1st 2015. In this system, your 12-digit individual number is determined on October 5th and is informed to you by a paper notification.

For further information about the Social Security and Tax Number System, a new page has been opened (Click Here).



I owe many thanks to the Minna no Katsuryoku Ka of Katano City Council, Katano City Foundation for Cultural Properties, archivists of Katano City Museum of History and Folklore, librarians of Katano City Library, Katano International Friendship Association, and my friends. They helped me to make this website.