Translated by Jasmine Nishino
A Secret Garden In Osaka - The Nakanoshima Rose Garden
Written by Kasumi Hashimoto
Tucked away in the busy city of Osaka is a beautiful garden filled with lovely flowers. Stop by this beautiful oasis to spend a leisurely time while viewing the colorful roses in bloom.
Nakanoshima is known to be a busy office district of Osaka filled with many skyscrapers. But did you know that within this bustling metropolis is a beautiful garden? In this article, we would like to introduce a hidden oasis of Osaka, the Nakanoshima Rose Garden.
A Garden in the Busy City? Osaka's Secret Oasis - Nakanoshima Park
Nakanoshima is a central island between the Dojima River and the Tosabori River. It is located in the southwest of Osaka and Umeda and is about a 20-minute walk from Osaka Station. If you use the train, you can reach it in less than 10 minutes. In the area, you can find the Osaka City Hall, the Bank of Japan, and the Mint Bureau that have made this the central area of Osaka's government and economics.
Nakanoshima park is located in a quaint area within the business district. It is considered to be a relaxing oasis within the bustling city especially when the roses go into full bloom during the spring and autumn.
The Nakanoshima Rose Garden is located on the east side of the park. Across the 500-meter long area extending from east to west nearly 4,000 rose bushes bloom every year. The fantasy-like atmosphere of this garden filled with numerous blossoms in many colors will simply leave you speechless.
The porch, gates, and almost every part of the garden are covered in roses. Within the garden are nearly 310 types of roses that paint the garden with reds, purples, whites, yellows, and more. When the spring breeze runs through the roses while in full bloom, the blossoms emit a sweet aroma while swaying beautifully in the wind. The scent of the roses and their beautiful colors fill the air within the garden.
Without any gates barricading the flowers, you can see the roses up close. You'll be able to see the smiles on the faces of the people who gently touch, smell, and take photos of the flowers. Within the park. you may spot families enjoying their lunch while relaxing in the warm sun and the gentle spring breeze of Nakanoshima.
Peace in the Garden: Relax in the Busy City
For some reason, not many people can be spotted within Nakanoshima park on a regular basis. The business area nearby is filled with workers running about, but once you cross the bridge, you are in another world.
Thanks to the river, the loud noises of the city do not reach the rose garden. This peaceful garden is perfect to relax and take a stroll through the quiet paths filled with flowers. Surround yourself with roses while reading a book and forget about time as you unwind from the hectic days outside.
Take a look up to find a blue sky above you without any electric lines or tall buildings blocking the way. It is almost unbelievable to think there is a wonderful garden only 10 minutes away from JR Osaka Station.
The only thing that reminds us of the city are the skyscrapers of Umeda in the distance.
The rose garden is split into the east and west and you can find different types of roses in each. You can go back and forth from both gardens to inspect the variety of flowers. For those looking for an escape from the crowds, this may be a great place to calm down among the delightful roses.
Nakanoshima Rose Garden
Address: Osaka, Kita ward, Nakanoshima 1
Nearest Station: Kitahama Station or Naniwa-bashi Station on the Keihan Line
Access: from Kitahama Station Exit 26, cross the bridge, turn right and walk for 1 minute; or right outside Exit 4 of Naniwa-bashi Station
Phone number: 06-6312-8121