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.

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A new commercial complex, located on the site where Aijitsu Elementary School stood through its long history, houses various shops and restaurants that support the lifestyle of working adults.

Osaka Duck Tour

The tour, the first of its kind in Japan, offers a novel way of enjoying the cityscape of Osaka: that from aboard an amphibious bus. The attraction perfectly suits Osaka, the city of waterways, and is now available on a regular basis.

Midosuji Sculpture Street

Sculptures by famous Japanese and foreign artists line Midosuji, one of Osaka's main thoroughfares, enabling passers-by to enjoy art in an informal setting.

United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) Naniwa Church

Retro architecture constructed in the early Showa period. Features exterior adorned by gothic steeple windows and yellow/green stained glass windows as well as simple and graceful chapel and sanctuary.

Ikoma Building

The head-office building of G. Ikoma Ltd., in Kitahama, the stock trading center. The Ikoma Building, featuring a clock tower, sculptures and stained glass, is a treasure trove of history.

Utsubo Tennis Center

This public tennis center also serves as a venue for junior tennis tournaments attracting global attention, with the participation of many tennis superstars of the future.

Osaka City Central Public Hall

Osaka City Central Public Hall is one of Osaka's symbols, together with the tower of Osaka Castle. The hall, a classical building built in the Taisho period (1912 _ 1926), is used as a venue for cultural, artistic and social activities.

Festival Hall

The Festival Hall reopened in April 2013 after refurbishing. This world largest class concert hall has 2,700 seats, offering a unified feeling with the stage.

Dojima River

The Dojima River runs along the north side of Nakanoshima Island. The river has supported the development of commerce in Osaka since the Edo period.

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library

A stately building with three-layered stone walls and a rising sheet-copper-roofed dome, Storing ancient texts, Osaka-related documents, and business-related books. Japan's important cultural property.

Osaka International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka)

A multi-purpose international convention center located in Nakanoshima; can be used for various conferences, concerts, exhibitions, etc.

Fujita Museum of Art

Approximately 5,000 items of oriental antiquities collected by Denzaburo Fujita, a wealthy merchant of the Meiji Era, and his descendants. Of the collection, nine are national treasures, and 50 are important cultural assets.

The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation

A unique museum that introduces the life and achievements of 107 Osaka-based entrepreneurs through the exhibitions of their memorabilia and other personal items.

Tekijuku

(2013/10/7〜2013/3/31 Closed) A school of Western learning that taught many great Japanese patriots, such as Yukichi Fukuzawa and Masujiro Omura, who were active from the end of the Edo Period to the Meiji Era. The current building is an important cultural asset of Japan.

Mydome Osaka

An exhibition center in the heart of the city, built to promote development of Osaka's small- and medium-sized companies.

Utsubo Park

A park with a rose garden and zelkova-lined street as well as a Tennis Center that hosts international competitions. Kyomachibori on the north side of the park has many fashionable cafes and general merchandise stores.

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

An exhibition room in the basement introduces current vibrant works. A silver gate representing bamboo at the entrance leaves a strong impression.

The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry

This economic organization takes up a variety of activities and projects to revitalize Osaka's economy. The organization's building has large and small conference rooms and banquet rooms.

OSTEC Exhibition Hall

About 30 powerful leading corporations and organizations that represent Japan introduce cutting-edge technology related to daily lives in an easy-to-understand manner.

Mengyo Kaikan

One of the most impressive retro buildings in Osaka, with a stately stone facade and luxurious modern interior. An important cultural property.

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