Nakanoshima

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Daitora: Tempura

Their tempura fish cakes are a specialty of the Minami district.

Kelp of Kansou

Established in 1781, this shop sells a range of natural genuine kelp products

Tsuruya Hachiman / Ogurakan (Sweet bean paste jelly)

An old establishment that sells traditional Japanese sweets.

Nakanoshima Festival Tower

New landmark of Nakanoshima opened in November 2012. This 200m tall high-rise is home to offices, restaurants, shops, and the refurbished Festival Hall.

Nakanoshima Rose Garden

The largest rose garden in Osaka City.

Nakanoshima

A beautiful island in the city centre where political, business, and cultural facilities are concentrated.

Osaka Exchange

A retro-looking building featuring a grand white cylindrical facade and an entrance lobby with magnificent stained glass. The history of the Osaka Exchange dates back to the Edo period.

Kita-mido Tsumura Branch Temple

The name of Midosuji Avenue, a large avenue running north and south in Osaka City, comes from the names of this temple and Minami-mido

Osaka City Hall

In the entrance lobby, sculptures and stained glass windows used in the old city hall are installed. The video information corner on the first floor presents a film produced in 1937, Big Osaka Tour, which is free to the public.

Nakanoshima Park

A waterfront park nestled between Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers. With its rose garden featuring about 4,000 rose bushes and about different 100 rose species, this park has been selected one of the 100 most scenic greenery spots in Osaka in recognition of its beautiful scenery against a background of classical neighboring buildings.

The Bank of Japan Osaka Branch

A magnificent Western-style building in stone and brick, with a beautiful blue-green roof dome. Tours of the interior are available (reservation required).

Osaka Science Museum

With 200 experiential exhibits themed on "Space and energy" as well as science shows and a planetarium this museum can be enjoyed by the entire family.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka

Owns approximately 2,000 pieces of oriental ceramics, including the Ataka Collection. Of these, two are national treasures, and 13 are important cultural assets.

Yuki Museum of Art

Many items are owned and exhibited, such as chakaiseki (tea ceremony meals) serving dishes and antiquities, with focus on the tea ceremony utensils collected by Mr. Teiichi Yuki, the founder of the Japanese restaurant Kiccho.

Shinshu-otani-ha Namba Betsuin (Minami-mido)

In Minami-mido, nicknamed "Minami-no-mido-san," is a stone monument inscribed with a haiku of Basho, a phenomenal haiku poet. Mido-Kaikan, which also serves as the temple gate, hosts movie previews and concerts.

Sukunahikona Shrine

Located in Dosho-machi, known as the town of medicine, and worshipped as the god of health and medical treatment. During the Shinno (god of medicine) Festival, held every year on November 22nd and 23rd, papier-mache tigers are distributed to protect people from illnesses.

Ikasuri Shrine

A shrine beloved by the public under the nickname Zama-san, worshipped as an ancient deity of residence protection, travel safety, and safe delivery.

Semba Center Building

A gigantic wholesale district with more than 1,000 shops selling textile products, shoes, watches, jewelry, etc. There are many that also offer retail sales.

Okawa River

The Okawa River runs through Osaka City, from the Kema Lock Gate to the east end of Nakanoshima Island. Every year on July 25, a boat procession called Funatogyo, the main event of the Tenjin Festival, is held on this river.

Midosuji

A main street representative of Osaka.

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