If you get tired in crowded downtown, how about taking a break in a beautiful park? The lush garden relaxes you and your family.
Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi
As the name suggests, this park was the venue of The International Garden and Greenery Exposition in 1990. This park has a large pond in the center and there are the greenhouse of “Sakuya Konohana Kan”, lawn ground, horse-riding place, international garden, rose garden, and a windmill standing on the small hill. It takes about an hour to stroll through this park. MAP
Sakuya Konohana Kan
This building covered by glass walls that glitters in the sunlight is the museum of plants around the world. Inside the greenhouse, there are botanical gardens of each region in the world such as the tropical garden, arid plants garden, and alpine garden. Every garden is filled with different colors and fragrances. Sakuya Konohana Kan is also known as the largest greenhouse in Japan. (Opening: 10:00-17:00, Fee: adult 500 yen, free for junior high school students and younger)
This park is a short distance from Nagai Station of Osaka Metro Midosuji Line. Though a lot of cherry trees and Ume (Japanese apricot) trees are planted here, at the back of the park, Nagai Botanical Garden has many seasonal flowers blooming in the garden. Unlike other gardens, Nagai Botanical Garden has the forest of Metasequoia and primeval plants. The next building, Osaka Museum of Natural History is suitable for visitors accompanied by children. (Opening: Mar-Oct 9:30-17:00, Nov-Feb 9:30-16:30, Fee: adult 200 yen, free for junior high school students and younger) MAP
Expo’70 Commemorative Park
A symbol of Osaka, “Tower of the sun”, soars in the heart of the park. In Expo ’70, which was an international exposition held in Osaka, a lot of pavilions have been stood here. After the expo, this place became The Natural and Cultural Gardens filled with flower and trees. A large number of seasonal flowers bloom in the park: poppy in spring, sunflower in summer, and cosmos in fall. This park has also an authentic Japanese garden where visitors can rest their mind. (Opening: 9:30-17:00, Close: Wednesday, Fee: adult 250 yen, junior high school students and younger: 70 yen) MAP