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Spring in Osaka: A Festival of Flowers and Greenery


Tsurumiryokuchi Park
Witness traces of Expo '90 at this lovely park
Visit the park's comprehensive greenhouse featuring blossoms from around the world

Tsurumiryokuchi Park

The windmill, symbol of the park, and the tulips that blossom in a carpet around it are a scene right out of Holland.


Sala Thai

Sala Thai, a rest spot located in the refurbished Thai garden.

The Tsurumiryokuchi Park occupies the vacant lot left subsequent to the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990. Well-known to the people of Osaka, it is a spot blessed with a wonderful natural setting.


Visitors can see striking spring views from the Windmill Hilltop located on the eastern side of the park. In April, some 42,000 red, yellow, and white tulips burst into color around the windmill. In May, unusual orange-colored blooms, known as “Tsurumi '90,” are on view in the rose fields. These roses were bred to commemorate the International Garden and Greenery Exposition.


At the Park's International Gardens, one can really get a sense of the exhibition that was held here back in 1990. It features 59 different types of gardens, including those of France, the U.K., India, Canada, and more, each one done in a distinct, unique style. In 2007, the Thai garden was refurbished in commemoration of 120 years of Japanese-Thai relations.


The plants of the desert: 5000 years of life

Jade Vine

Jade vine plants are noted for their gorgeous green cluster blossoms. The best time to view the jade vines is March-May.

The Sakuya Konohana Kan, a greenhouse, was a popular exhibit pavilion at the Exposition. It showcases approximately 2,600 different kinds of plants and some 15,000 individual plants, spanning specimens indigenous to tropical, arid, alpine, and polar regions.


The building is divided into nine different sections including the Humid Tropical Plant House, Tropical Insectivorous Plant Area, Alpine House, and more. There are also a number of highly unusual species, such as the Victoria regia, which has leaves that are amongst the largest in the world—so large that children can climb on top of them without sinking them; the tree tumbo, which has lived for more than 5,000 years in the desert; and more. In addition, the Sakuya Konohana Kan is the only place in Japan where the giant fony baobab tree and the silversword, an alpine species of Hawaii, have flowered. Besides these, there are numerous other plants that grow nowhere else in Japan.

Tsurumiryokuchi Park

Admission:Free except for certain specified facilities
 ▽Admission for Sakuya Konohana Kan: Adults (high school students and older): ¥500
Hours open:The park is open at all times excluding certain facilities.
 ▽Sakuya Konohana Kan: 10:00AM-5:00PM (No entry from 30 minutes before closing time)
Days closed:The facility is open everyday.
 ▽Note that Sakuya Konohana Kan is closed on Mondays (or the next day when a holiday falls on a Monday).

Address:2-163 Tsurumiryokuchi-koen, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka-shi
Access:10-minute's walk from the municipal subway Tsurumi Ryokuchi Station
Phone: +81-6-6912-0650 ▽Sakuya Konohana Kan: +81-6-6912-0055
URL:▽Tsurumiryokuchi Park:http://www.ocsga.or.jp/osakapark/hfm_park/01tsurumi/
▽Sakuya Konohana Kan:http://www.sakuyakonohana.com/

From: Brand-New Osaka vol.8 (2008.3.)