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Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, 2022: Video Introduction

This video, titled "Osaka Walk - Nakanoshima Rose Garden 4K HDR Japan," was uploaded by "Osaka BlackCat."

This video was taken during the Golden Week holiday of 2022. Many people were at the park, and the weather was fine on this evening at the Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden in Osaka. Approximately 3,700 colorful roses can be seen blooming in May. You can almost smell their fragrance through the video! Enjoy the beautiful roses and the sunset views of Nakanoshima Park via video.

Nakanoshima Park – An Oasis in the Heart of Osaka: A Popular Spot for a Break

Image of Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, Kita, Osaka
Photo:Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, Kita, Osaka

Nakanoshima Park is located at the center of Osaka. It's located in Osaka City on the east side of Nakanoshima, the delta that divides the Okawa River (大川, Okawa) into two. The statue of Godai Tomoatsu, who contributed to the development of Osaka's economy, stands at the Osaka Exchange near this park. The park is also located in the middle of Osaka's business district.

In the eastern area of Nakanoshima Park, there are places for citizens to relax, including the Lawn Field and Rose Garden. On days when the weather is nice, people can be seen gathering here to enjoy a picnic or go for a walk. The park is a great place for people of all ages to relax. Children can enjoy playing on the open field as well. Nakanoshima Children's Book Forest (こども本の森 中之島, Kodomo Hon no Mori Nakanoshima), designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando, is another great place for kids.

Nakanoshima, which has long been the center of Osaka, is also home to historical buildings such as the Osaka City Central Public Hall (大阪市中央公会堂, Saakshi Chuo Kokaido), an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library (大阪府立中之島図書館, Osaka Furitsu Nakanoshima Toshokan), making it a place where visitors can tour the stately buildings.
[Video] 0:11- Historical Buildings in the Heart of Osaka

What Makes Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden Unique?

Image of Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, Kita, Osaka
Photo:Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, Kita, Osaka

Nakanoshima Park is a leafy oasis in Osaka that sits between the Dojima River (堂島川, Dojimagawa) and Tosabori River (土佐堀川, Tosaborigawa). This wide and open space in the middle of the business district of Osaka was chosen as one of the "Top 100 Green Spaces in Osaka," making it a popular spot in Osaka to enjoy nature.

There are approximately 310 varieties of roses planted at the Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden. In the spring and fall, when the flowers bloom, many people come to visit the park. The park is owned by the city of Osaka, meaning it's free of charge and guests can visit Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden anytime they please.

The lovely roses bloom gorgeously on arches and fences, making it a great place for photographers and Instagrammers! Nakanoshima Rose Garden is a wide and open space between rivers, giving it an atmosphere much more similar to an English Garden, as opposed to a Japanese-style garden.

[Video] 0:20 - The Wide Open Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden

Spring and Fall, the Best Times to See the Rose Garden at Nakanoshima Park, Osaka

Image of autumn roses at Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, Kita, Osaka
Photo:Autumn roses at Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden, Kita, Osaka

The best seasons to see the Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden are usually from the middle to the end of May in the spring, and the middle of October in fall. You can check bloom conditions via the official website.

In the spring, roses begin to blooming around Japan's Golden Week Holiday, and they're at their best from the middle to the end of May. There annual and perennial varieties of roses in the park. Both of which bloom in a variety of colors. Vine roses such as Angela, a one-season blooming rose, gorgeously decorate arches, fences, and pillars. Be sure to take pictures with the rose arches in the background under the refreshing blue skies of May!

Fall roses bloom from early to late October with perennial varieties of modern roses and English roses in groves. You can enjoy a wide variety of roses, including dark orange Prominents, bright pink Iceberg roses, and graceful Elegant Ladies.

[Video] 0:32 - Different Varieties of Roses in Bloom

Events at Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden – Light Ups & More

Image of Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden at night, Kita, Osaka
Photo:Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden at night, Kita, Osaka

How about seeing Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden on board a boat? There's a rose cruise which arrives and departs at the "Rose Port" of Nakanoshima Park. you can enjoy the scenery as you pass under several bridges in Nakanoshima.

In spring and fall, when roses are at their best, rose tours are held where you can learn about the characteristics of roses and tips for growing them. The tour takes visitors on a stroll through the rose gardens of Tsurumi Ryokuchi (花博記念公園鶴見緑地, Hanahaku Kinen Koen Tsurumi Ryokuchi), Utsubo Park (靭公園, Utsubo Koen), and of course Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden. Due to the pandemic, the 2023 event has not yet been scheduled, but we're waiting with our fingers crossed!

At sunset, the lights on the streets and in Nakanoshima Park are lit up, giving the park a different atmosphere. The illuminated Central Public Hall, Nakanoshima Prefectural Library, Namba Bridge and Tenjin Bridge, etc., reflected on the surface of the river give are what make the atmosphere of Osaka so unique.

Things to Do Near Nakanoshima Park

After exploring Nakanoshima Park, we recommend checking out some of these nearby attractions:

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
This large shrine in the heart of Osaka was founded more than 1,000 years ago in 949 AD. Like many shrines in Japan, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, the Shinto god of learning. The shrine also holds the Tenjin Matsuri (Tenjin Festival) every year on July 24/25, so be sure to keep this in mind if you're visiting around those dates.

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed: No regular holidays
Admission Fee: Free

Osaka Museum of History
Located near Osaka Castle, this museum opened in 2001. The museum is a place where visitors can learn about the history of Osaka, and holds multiple special exhibits each year. There are also hands-on exhibitions where visitors can learn about traditional Japanese games, kimono, etc.

Hours: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (4:30 pm last entry)
Closed: Tuesdays (or the following day if Tuesday is a national holiday)
Year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 - January 4)
Admission Fee: Adults: 600 yen, High school & university students: 400 yen, Middle school students and younger: Free. ※Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art
A museum of modern art in Osaka that opened in 2022. The museum aims to be a place that is easily accessible to everyone and comfortable for visitors, as well as a fluid space where people moving about Osaka can easily pass through.

Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (4:30 pm last entry)
Closed: Closed on Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission Fee: Admission fees vary by exhibit. Please check the official website for more information.

Other Things to Do in Osaka With Family

Thanks to its lovely greenery and open fields, Nakanoshima Park is one of the many great places in Osaka to visit with kids. You can enjoy a picnic here while your kids run around and play. If you're looking for more things to do with family, we've compiled a short list of some of the best things to do in Osaka with kids:

Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan is one of the most famous theme parks in Japan, and was the first Universal Studios theme park to be built in Asia. The park features attractions related to popular movies, like Jurassic Park, games, such as Mario Kart, and many more. Both you and your kids will have a blast here.

Hours: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed: No regular holidays
Admission Fee: Adults: 8,600 yen, Children 5,600 yen, Seniors: 7,700 yen

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It features 15 large tanks with marine life from different parts of the Pacific Rim, and is home to some 30,000 creatures of 620 different species. Kids can enjoy seeing otters, sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and more!

Hours: Weekdays 10 :00 am - 8:00 pm, weekends & holidays 9:30 am - 8:00 pm. Hours vary by season, so please check the official website for more information.
Closed: No regular holidays
Admission Fee: 2 and under: Free, ages 3-6: 700 yen, ages 7-15: 1,400 yen, 16 and over: 2,700 yen

Kids Plaza Osaka
Kids Plaza Osaka is a great place for kids to have fun while learning. The facility is home to a variety of interactive exhibits where kids can learn about science, crafts, etc., and there are even staff members who are interpreters to help introduce exhibits to children.

Hours: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed: The second and third Monday of each month (if a Monday is a national holiday, then the following Tuesday). The fourth Monday in August. New Year holidays (December 28 - January 2)
Admission Fee: Adults: 1,400 yen, Elementary & junior high school students: 800 yen, Pre-schoolers: 500 yen, Seniors: 700 yen

Osaka Castle Park
A fascinating historical landmark in Osaka where both children and adults can enjoy learning about the history of the castle and samurai. The castle was built in 1583 by the famous Japanese warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. During the spring, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms outside the castle, and you can enjoy perusing the various exhibits of armor, etc., inside the castle year-round. It's also located within walking distance from Nakanoshima Park.

Hours (Osaka Castle): 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (4:30 pm last entry)
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 - January 1)
Admission Fee: 600 yen.

A Brief Introduction to Osaka

Osaka is a port city located in western Honshu, the main island of Japan. It's a large metropolis with both skyscrapers and historic buildings, and is known for its delicious street food, nightlife culture, and striking architecture.

Osaka is home to a number of famous tourist attractions. Some of the most popular attractions include Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, and Shinsekai, but there is an endless list of things to see and do in Osaka. If you're coming for travel, you can easily expect to spend 2-3 days in Osaka alone, and we recommend it, as 1 day simply isn't enough to appreciate all that Osaka has to offer.

Summary of Nakanoshima Park Rose Garden

The rose garden in Nakanoshima Park is a spacious place with a variety of colorful roses. Many of the varieties in the garden bloom at eye-level for children, allowing kids to enjoy the flowers as well. You can also enjoy a stroll through the park with your dog, or enjoy the smell of the roses while having a picnic on the grass.

With most people in Japan still opting to wear masks, Nakanoshima Park is a great place to go to avoid crowds and get some fresh air and also save a bit of money. There are also stylish cafes nearby. We hope you get the chance to visit this spring oasis in the heart of Osaka.

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