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[Osaka ]Heal in the rich nature! 5 parks for adults to enjoy

[Osaka ]Heal in the rich nature! 5 parks for adults to enjoy

2021-07-15 Management office

Parks are often thought of as children's playgrounds, but Osaka has many nature-rich parks that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Why don't you go to a park where you can absorb the beauty of cherry blossoms and other seasonal plants, the depth of history, and many other things to relax and unwind from your daily stress? In this issue, we will introduce five parks in Osaka that are full of charm.
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Expo '70 Commemorative Park

"Expo '70 Commemorative Park ", located in Suita City, Osaka, is a park built on the site of the 1970 Japan World Exposition (Osaka Expo).
The official name is "Japan World Exposition Commemorative Park ".

The symbol of Expo '70 Commemorative Park is the Tower of the Sun "that everyone will recognize ".
Designed by artist Taro Okamoto, the towering figure, 70 meters tall with outstretched arms on either side, warmly welcomed visitors to the Japan World Exposition.

It is said to have three faces: "the golden face "(the golden part at the top of the tower) symbolizing the future, "the face of the sun "(the front part) symbolizing the present, "the black sun "(the back part) symbolizing the past, but there was actually a "fourth face" underground called "the underground sun " In fact, there was a "fourth face" underground at the time, called the Underground Sun .
Please note that the Tower of the Sun can be entered, but the number of visitors is limited and reservations must be made at least one day in advance.

In the park, visitors can encounter a variety of natural fauna and flora

The total area of Expo Park is a whopping 260 hectares.
It is too large to imagine much, but it is the equivalent of about 65 Koshien Stadiums.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful seasonal flowers throughout the park, including the Nature and Culture Garden.
The 26-hectare Japanese garden was created in the styles of the Early Modern, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary periods. The garden is beautiful and relaxing, expressing the flow of waterfalls, rivers, and other water features, as well as the passage of time and the progress of humankind.

The park is full of nature, and visitors can enjoy observing insects, water creatures, and birds.
Binoculars are available for rent at the Nature Observation Learning Center moricara, so it would be wonderful to experience bird watching in the forest.

Lots of areas for family fun

For those with children, "Yume no Ike Cycle Boat ", "Expo Oshiro Bicycle Plaza ", and "Giant 3D Athletic Maze "are also very enjoyable spots.

Children and adults alike can enjoy the Expo Park all day long. The nearest station is the Osaka Monorail's Banpaku Kinen Koen Station.

"Facility Information "
Name: Expo Park
Address: 1-1 Senriwanbo Park, Suita City, Osaka 565-0826
Phone number: 06-6877-7387
Opening hours: 9:30-17:00 *entry until 30 minutes before closing
Closed: Wednesdays *If Wednesday is a national holiday, the following Thursday (until Golden Week in April and May; open daily in October and November)
Admission: [Japanese Garden and Nature Park ]Adults: 260 yen Elementary/Junior high school students: 80 yen [EXPO'70 Pavilion ]High school students and older: 210 yen Junior high school students and younger: free [National Museum of Ethnology ]Adults: 580 yen University students: 250 yen High school students and younger: free [Tower of the Sun (reservation required) ]Adults: 720 yen Elementary/Junior high school students: 310 yen

Osaka Castle Park

"Osaka Castle Park "is located in the middle of Osaka, in Chuo-ku, Osaka City. It is a vast historical park with the Osaka Castle keep at its center.
The total area is approximately 15.6 hectares. There are many facilities for culture, music, and sports, including the castle tower, which serves as a museum inside, the Osaka Castle Music Hall, Osaka Castle Hall, a baseball stadium, and an archery range.

Extensive flower and greenery gardens

Visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers and greenery throughout the garden, including the Nishinomaru Garden, the plum grove, and the hydrangea and udzuri gardens.
In the plum grove, more than 100 varieties of plum trees are planted, signaling the arrival of spring.
Osaka Castle Park is also famous for its cherry blossoms, with approximately 300 cherry trees, mostly Someiyoshino, planted here.
It is also illuminated at night, attracting many flower-viewing visitors both day and night.

Osaka Castle Illuminage

For a limited time only, "Osaka Castle Illuminage "is being held in Nishinomaru Garden.
The theme for 2020-2021 is "Toyotomi Castle Town and Osaka Historical Exploration Journey ". The space is truly spectacular, with approximately 3 million illuminated bulbs representing ancient to modern times.

Osaka Castle Run

There is a jogging map in the park and many people enjoy jogging and walking.
"There is a runner support facility called RUNNING BASE Osaka Castle ", where you can rent various kinds of clothing and shoes (for a fee), so you can experience the Osaka Castle Run without any supplies on your way home from work or on your way out the door.
Lockers, showers, and a cafe space are also available. Whether you are alone or with friends, you are sure to work up a good sweat.

The nearest stations to Osaka Castle Park are: JR Osaka Loop Line "Osaka-jo Koenmae Station ", Subway Tanimachi Line "Tanimachi 4-chome Station "and "Tenmabashi Station ", Subway Chuo Line "Morinomiya Station "

"Facility Information "
Name: Osaka Castle Park
Address: 1, Osaka-jo, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 540-0002, Japan
Opening hours: [Osaka Castle Keep ]9:00-17:00 [Nishinomaru Garden ](Mar-Oct) 9:00-17:00 (Nov-Feb) 9:00-16:30 [Osaka Castle Illuminage ]17:00-20:00 [RUNNING BASE Osaka Castle ]Weekdays 7:00-22:30 Weekends & holidays 7:00-20:00
Closed: [Osaka Castle Keep ]December 28 - January 1 [Nishinomaru Garden ]Mondays (or the following day if a national holiday) and December 28 - January 1 [RUNNING BASE Osaka Castle ]Mondays on weekdays
Fees: [Osaka Castle Keep ]Adults: 600 yen; Junior high school students and younger: free [Nishinomaru Garden ]Adults: 200 yen; Junior high school students and younger: free [Osaka Castle Illuminage ]Adults: 1,500 yen; Elementary school students and younger: 800 yen [RUNNING BASE Osaka Castle ]600 yen (1 time)

Hanahaku Kinen Park Tsurumi-ryokuchi

"Hanahaku Kinen Park Tsurumiryokuchi "located in Tsurumi-ku, Osaka City, is an urban park with a vast area of about 122.56 hectares.
Opened in 1972, Tsurumi Ryokuchi became the main venue for the "International Garden and Greenery Exposition "(also known as Expo '90 or Flower Expo), which opened in 1990.
After the event, facilities such as Sakuya Konohana Pavilion and Dogwood Hall, Tower of Life, and windmills were left behind and redeveloped as "Hanahaku Memorial Park Tsurumi-ryokuchi ".

Encounter rare plants from around the globe.

The park has a number of literary facilities, including the Sakuya Konohana Pavilion, Dogwood Hall, Hanahaku Memorial Hall, and Murasaki Pavilion.
The Sakuya Konohana Museum exhibits 15,000 plants of approximately 5,500 varieties from around the world.
Inside is one of the largest greenhouses in Japan, where visitors can encounter plants that grow in various places on the earth, from the tropics to arid regions, alpine mountains, and polar regions.

Full sports facilities, including horseback riding experience

The park also has a wide range of sports facilities.
There is a horse riding park, a park golf course, a ball field, a playground, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a sports center, where various sports can be enjoyed.

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Horse Riding Park offers a horse riding experience plan for beginners and children (first grade elementary school students and over 120cm tall), so why not take this opportunity to give it a try?

There is also a barbecue area and a plaza with playground equipment "and a children's forest ", so children and families can enjoy the park all day long.
Access is right after getting off at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Station on the Subway Tsurumi Ryokuchi Line.

"Facility Information "
Name: Hanahaku Kinen Park Tsurumiryokuchi
Address: 2-163 Ryokuchi-Koen, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka, 538-0036, Japan
Phone number: 06-6911-8787 (Tsurumi-ryokuchi Park Center)
Opening hours: [Sakaiyakonohana-kan ]10:00-17:00 [Tsurumi-ryokuchi Riding Park ]9:00-20:00
Closed: [Sakaiyakonohana-kan ]Mondays (or the following weekday if the Monday is a holiday) and year-end and New Year holidays [Tsurumi-ryokuchi Riding Park ]Tuesdays
Fees: [Sakaiyakonohana Museum ]Adults: 500 yen; Junior high school students and younger: free [Tsurumi Ryokuchi Horseback Riding Park ]Horseback riding experience: 2,750 yen and up (depending on the day of the week)

Minoh Park

"Located in a corner of the Meiji no Mori Minoh National Park ", "Minoh Park "has an area of 83.8 hectares and is in a rich natural environment.
The nearest station is Minoh Station on the Hankyu Minoh Line. It is a 5-minute walk from the station to the park entrance "Ichino Bridge ".
From Ichinobashi Bridge, hikers can enjoy the fresh greenery in spring, the cool summer air in summer, and especially the magnificent autumn leaves from mid-November.
In 1986, "it was selected as one of the 100 best forests for forest bathing "

Plenty of negative ions "Minoh Great Falls "

It takes about 40 minutes to go up the waterfall path along the river. "You can see "Minoh Great Falls ", which has been selected as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan ".
The contrast between the 33-meter waterfall and the autumn leaves is stunning, and it is also a power spot where you can get energy.
You will be bathed in negative ions and your body and mind will be healed.

You can even meet monkeys.

Many people may think of "monkeys" when they think of Minoh.
While strolling through the forest in Minoh Park, you may be lucky enough to see Japanese macaques that live in Minoh Mountain.
The Japanese macaque monkeys of Mt. Minoh are designated as a national natural treasure, making them very valuable.
"There is also a campaign to return monkeys to nature ", and it is decided that "Never feed monkeys" and "Do not approach monkeys. If you are lucky enough to see a monkey, please watch him or her warmly from a distance.

"Facility Information "
Name: Minoh Park
Address: [Minoh Park Management Office ]1-18 Minoh Park, Minoh City, Osaka 562-0002
Phone number: [Minoh Park Management Office ]072-721-3014
Opening hours: [Minoh Park Management Office ]9:30~17:30

Nagare Park

"Nagai Park "is a historic park that opened in 1944.
The "Osaka Horse Racing Track "opened in 1948 and the "Osaka Central Bicycle Racetrack "opened in 1950 in the park, but closed in 1959 and 1961, respectively.
Later Nagai Park was developed as an athletic park.

Healed by seasonal plants

The total area is 65.7 hectares. The park has many facilities, including the Nagai Botanical Garden, Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Yanmar Field Nagai, and Nagai Ball Stadium.

The Nagai Botanical Garden has a pond called the Oike, which is surrounded by many plants.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of beautiful flowers such as plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, cosmos, and sasanquas, depending on the season.

You can also watch sports games.

Yanmar Stadium Nagai, the site of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, is also the home ground of Cerezo Osaka.
The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 people, making it a powerful place to watch a match.
It is also used as a venue for the Osaka International Women's Marathon, concerts, and all other purposes.

Access to Nagai Park is a 7-minute walk from Nagai Station on the Midosuji Subway Line, a 5-minute walk from Tsurugaoka on the JR Hanwa Line, and an 8-minute walk from Nagai Station.

"Facility Information "
Name: Nagare Park
Address: 1-1 Nagai Park, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 546-0034, Japan
Phone number: 06-6694-9007
Opening hours: Always open (each facility has separate hours of use)
Closed: No (each facility has separate closed days)
Fee: Free (each facility has a separate fee)


In this article, we have introduced five parks in Osaka that are full of rich nature.
Each has its own attractions and deep history, and there are many advantages to visiting.
Of course it is sure to be fun with children, but how about couples, friends, or even just by yourself, taking a breath of fresh air filled with nature to recharge your body and soul?

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