Along the path I came across a sprawling cemetery complex. Many mountaintops have been covered with the stones we use to remember our ancestors here. The cost and scarcity of land for such a staid purpose in the city has created these giant cemetery complexes in the mountains. My father-in-law's resting place is in a similar cemetery in the mountains above Nishinoimiya.Besides the cemetery I came across three gloriously retro-due-to-age observation towers which offered similar views of Osaka below.
A sign greeting visitors to the Takayasusan Cemetery.
Beginning of the hiking train leading south from Takayasusan station.
A viewing tower along the hiking path near Takayasusan Station.
From this tower you can look across Osaka to the bay, or, on the other side, look upon a sea of gravestones.