Attraction 1 Chome-1-28 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0005, Japan Published on: 28-07-2016
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Why Nakanoshima Park is special ?
Nakanoshima Park is a waterfront park nestled between the Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers. The park, about 1.5 km in length and 10.6 ha in area, is an urban oasis filled with greenery attracting a lot of citizens. Osaka's first public park, it was established in 1891, incorporating the city's first beer garden, and providing citizens with sophisticated recreation and relaxation opportunities, together with a cafe also built in the park. At that time, the park had high-quality restaurants as well, such as Western restaurant Ginsuiso and Japanese restaurant Seikaro. In addition, behind the place where Osaka City Central Public Hall now stands, there was a Noh stage Suiryukan, where Kongo school Noh plays were acted regularly. In the park was also the Hotel Yuyutei, the only hotel at that time accommodating overseas guests. It is also said that located next to the hotel was a hot-spring bath house, Naniwa Onsen. Currently, the park features the above-mentioned rose garden, where rose blossoms are at their peak in mid-May and mid-October.
What to explore at Nakanoshima Park?
In summer, walk through the park and you will arrive at the little hydrangea and azalea garden. The garden is also beautiful in winter when the camellia blooms from December to March.
While you are walking, you may stumble upon strange looking pipes, sticking out from the walkway beside the river. Try putting your ear to a pipe opening; you would think that you’d hear the sound of the water in the river. But the sound you hear is actually from the busy Osaka city subway, rushing tens of meters underground! This was the brainchild of several budding artists working in the Osaka area. It was made possible by connecting custom-made pipes from the ground to the edge of the tunnel. A highly sensitive microphone was connected to the tip of the pipe to collect the sound.
On a sunny day, you can actually lie on the grass while looking up at the blue sky. Bring along a bento (lunchbox) and a mat, and just enjoy the moment. At night, this is a romantic place to be, sitting on the benches while looking upon the river on both sides. This 11-hectare park is indeed a hidden sanctuary to escape the busyness of the Osaka station area.
How to get to Nakanoshima Park?
Short walk from Yodoyabashi Sta. on the Subway Midosuji Line or the Keihan Line, or Exit 1 at Kitahama Sta. on the Subway Sakaisuji Line or the Keihan Line
- A beautiful park and gardens with many beautiful flowers
- A beautiful mix of modern and modern
- Beautiful rose garden
- Giant rubber duck
- Peaceful & tranquility by the riverbank
1 Chome-1-28 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 530-0005, Japan
Tips for you
Nakanoshima 中之島 is where you will find many governmental and commercial offices, Museums and other cultural facilities with a wealth of history. The Osaka Public Nakanoshima Library and Osaka Central Public Hall at the eastern edge of Nakanoshima resemblres western architectures more than 100 years ago, while the Bank of Japan exalts eminence. The townscape here really speak of cultural & refinement! We have also visited the Museum of Oriental Ceremaics for its rich collections. There are few bridges (Yodoyabashi, Nishikibashi, Higobashi…) running across the waterway, as the Dojima and the Tosabori River flows on both sides of the land bank, quietly. In addition to frequent Events being held here there are wharfs and waterside cafes/restaurants as resting points. The buildings exterior built with brick-red and stones give off a sheer romantic atmosphere, reckon the place will be fantastic if lighted up in the evening!. There is much tranquility here, on both occasions we were here there are only families with kids, the elder strolling/exercising and joggers. One might see some water sports activities too! Take a stroll through the rose gardens, a sure great way to spend the afternoon. A trip here is for relaxation and probable mental rejuvenation. Definitely an alternative to the usual shopping and dining that one will not miss in Osaka. From here one can venture into the famous Tenjimbashi easily for some light shopping after the trip, just head north from Tenjimbashi bridge for another 15 mins.