A town nurtured by water

Okawa River, a branch of the Yodogawa River, splits into the Dojima River and the Tosabori River at Tenma. The area between them is known as Nakanoshima. Beginning with Osaka City Hall, the business and administrative center of Osaka stretches out in all directions from Nakanoshima. The cornerstone of its current prosperity is the water that surrounds it.
Historically, the Dojima/Nakanoshima area was alive with water transport, connecting it via ship to Kyoto, Nara, Edo (Tokyo), even Hokkaido. Because of this, each clan built city warehouses in the area and so was born a spirit of trade. Soon, Nakanoshima became known as a center of learning and textile production. Today, there are many facilities here where you can truly feel the history, culture and art of Osaka.


Places to enjoy the Aqua Metropolis of Osaka

With it's many canals, rivers and port, Osaka is a true aqua metropolis. Even from the beginning when the city was being planned, the waterways played a central role in determining how Osaka was laid out. As the city grew over time, the canals continued to provide vital resources, allowing it to become known as "heaven's kitchen" in the Edo period and the "Manchester of the Orient" in modern times. Even now, the city continues to evolve and develop around these important waterways. There are numerous waterside cafes and restaurants plus river-related events that bring you right to the banks of this very important part of Osaka's history. And for an even closer aquatic encounter, you can get into the water itself with the Aqua Bus Aqua-Liner that goes around Nakanoshima, the Naniwa Tanken Cruise (Osaka River Cruise) that comes with a rakugo performance, or even by paddleboard.


Experience art and culture

Nakanoshima is full of places to experience art and culture, including the Osaka National Museum of Art, which is uniquely constructed completely underground; the Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics, known for its rare celadon and white porcelain pieces; and the Osaka Science Museum, where you can have fun while learning science. We also recommend taking a leisurely walk around the area, stopping to see historical buildings such as the stunning, red brick Osaka City Central Public Hall, or the stone constructed Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library.

A town with the spirit of trade

The Dojima Rice Exchange, once the symbol of "heaven's kitchen" as well as various financial businesses in the Nakanoshima area, supported Japan's economy for over 200 years through heavy industry and credit transactions. Nakanoshima was the center of trade during the Dai-Osaka period. The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation near Sakaisuji-Hommachi has exhibits about the achievements of 105 entrepreneurs who were active in Osaka.


Knowledge passed down through citizens

The Nakanoshima area was also a center of learning. The Kaitokudo school was built in 1726, financed by wealthy merchants. In the late Edo period, astronomy and Western learning were developing here as well. This legacy was succeeded by Kouan Ogata's Tekijuku, founded in 1838 during the Bakumatsu period. Tekijuku mainly taught western-style medical studies, the spirit of which helped to develop chemistry and the sciences much more through the Japan Mint and public chemistry research organizations built during the Meiji era.


No need to care about surroundings since the facility holds one party at one time.

Sakura cook Osaka Hommachi studio

Sakura Cook provides hands-on cooking experience of Japanese cuisine to enrich the understanding of Japanese culture.


It's a reserved-type night river cruising. Please enjoy this 60-min cruising while seeing the fantastic night view.

rent-a-kimono wasobi

Let's casually enjoy Kimono!

Shibakawa Building

It was built on July 1st in 1927 by Shibakawa Matashiro who was born in this house and ran Karamono quotient (Western goods import business) in the current Fushimi cho.

Senba Building

The building that tells us the history of the modern architecture of Osaka/Senba. The courtyard of Patio-style is fashionable.

Old-Konishike Jyutaku(Konishi Gisuke's Store)

Japanese traditional architecture that is kept well a large store of the mansion of the late Meiji period./Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property

Kouraibashi Building

It's one of a few bricks buildings in Senba

Arai Building

This building was used as an old Houtoku Bank Osaka Branch in Taisyo period.

Asacom Hall (Asahi Newspaper Osaka Headquarters Public Relations Center)

The facilities in Asahi newspaper Osaka headquarters which has newspaper・perusal magazines corner, newspaper execution corner, and a course where to have a look around a process of newspaper publication.

Osaka Club

This is used more than 80 years as the club for financier in Osaka. One of the big three famous buildings in Osaka, and registered trangible cultural property.

Rose Garden(Utsubo Park)

Rose garden which has the longest history in Osaka city. Lighting fixtures have been installed with the motif of the promenade and roses in the park, the illumination at night time is beautiful.

Kawaguchi Christ Church

A chapel which was made in settlement for foreigners that established in Kawaguchi district along with the Osaka opening.

Meiji Bridge

Bridge that has been built from the upstream of the former Itachibori river in the fourth. There is a monument now.


The beauty of the Public Hall, an architectural masterpiece, has been captured on postcards! Send them to your families or friends while traveling in Osaka.

Washoku Home Cooking

A hidden cooking school that even the location and phone number are not revealed.


We are offering more than 200 kinds of Tsukudani (preserved food boiled down in soy sauce) including the fermented kelp called "Maikon" and originally created Tsukudani.

The Kitahama PLAZA

Collection of high-quality stores in the historical neighborhood of Kitasemba.

graf living shop/showroom

This shop and showroom includes graf-designed objects for everyday use such as tables, chairs, sofas and original tableware.

Sweet Shop Kikuya

A sweet shop established in the 1500s.