Open since 1909, Tennoji Park is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated in the southern part of the city, the park is a botanical oasis right next to Tennoji Station.
The best time to visit is in Spring, when the native sakura (cherry blossom) are in full bloom. You’ll be spoilt for choice on statues, open spaces for sport, cafés and restaurants.
Tennoji Park is also the perfect spot for bike riding or a leisurely afternoon stroll. Pack yourself a picnic and take some time to enjoy its natural beauty.
Be sure to stop at the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art too, which is also on the grounds of Tennoji Park. It has a wonderful collection of artworks from paintings to ceramics, dating back as far as the 12th to 14th centuries.
If the inner-city escape of Tennoji Park wasn’t enough for you, head further north to the splendour of Minoo (Minoh) Park. It’s most well-known for the walking trail, Takimichi, built in 1886.
Whether you’re an avid hiker or just looking for a relaxing stroll, Minoo Park has something for everyone. Minoo’s trails begin with a 2.7km paved walkway and is easily accessible from the main train station.
Minoo waterfall is another highlight and it’s only a short distance along the trail. It’s an incredible spot for taking photos and enjoying the beautiful red foliage during autumn.
The walk around Minoo Park should take around 45 minutes, with a major draw card being the Ryuanji Temple located at the midpoint of the walk.
Osaka Castle is one of the most well-known sites in Osaka city today, and for good reason.
The castle itself has been a poignant part of the city’s history for hundreds of years, having been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. It also played a major role in the unification of the country during the 16th century.
To this day, the castle sprawls across sweeping grounds, which cover over 60,000 sqm. It’s filled with over 600 cherry trees and boasts a moat tall enough to give a view over most of the city.
The grounds are a sight to behold during the spring when the cherry blossoms frame the castle in bright pink flowers, making it a popular walking spot for locals and tourists alike.
Entry to the castle grounds is free! Make sure you allow a few hours to walk the perimeter of the castle. To discover the full history of this remarkable building, visit the eight storey museum inside the castle – the view from the top is well worth the climb!
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