A beautiful natural setting of flowers and greenery is just the thing to comfort the busy traveler. Even in the metropolis of Osaka, there are a great many parks where people can enjoy nature in spring. Here we introduce three parks that are easily accessible from central Osaka and that offer a variety of attractive spots.
Tennoji Park is a historical park established in 1909. Despite its central Osaka location, it has become known as an urban oasis thanks to its tranquil atmosphere. It offers a number of interesting spots to visit including a zoo, an art museum, Japanese gardens, and more.
When you come into the park through Tennoji Gate, you are treated to a feeling of spaciousness that stands in contrast to the surrounding buildings. The floral arrangements at the entrance are a festive touch of spring. Also, be sure not to miss the rose arch that marks the way to the many things to see in the park around May. This beautiful arch is decorated in a host of red and pink blossoms. In addition, the park features planters with the flowers of the season, creating a spring mood throughout the grounds. The sparkling fountain is an additional delight to the eye of the visitor.
If you're interested in typically Japanese views, you may want to visit Keitakuen, a Japanese-style garden. It features a variety of rocks and trees placed around a large pond in traditional style. Visitors walk along a path around the pond. In about 30 minutes, you can take a leisurely walk around this large garden of fully 13,700 m2. On the other side of the pond, the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art houses a collection of acclaimed Japanese Buddhist art pieces and Japanese paintings. The view here is no less spectacular than a picture postcard.
The Tennoji Zoo, located on the western side of the park was established in 1915 as Japan's third zoo. A zoo facility impressive enough to represent the Osaka region, Tennoji Zoo is extremely popular. In recent years, the zoo has moved to re-create the natural habitats of wild animals to the greatest extent possible, enabling visitors to get a glimpse of the lives and habits of the creatures in a more natural setting complete with new kinds of exhibits.
Roughly 230 different types of animals can be viewed at the zoo, including popular residents such as the koalas, the polar bears, the Asian elephants, the hippopotamuses, and more. It's a must-see!
Admission:Adults: ¥150 Junior high school students and younger are admitted free. ▽Admission to the zoo: Adults: ¥500 (including admission to the park) Hours open:9:30AM-5:00PM (No entry to the park from 30 minutes before closing time/No entry to the zoo from one hour before closing time) *Hours may be extended depending on the season and day of the week. Days closed:Mondays Address:1-108 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi Access:5-minute's walk from municipal subway and JR Tennoji Station, or Osaka-abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Line Phone: +81-6-6771-8401 URL:http://www.ocsga.or.jp/osakapark/hfm_park/04tennoji/