Japan Osaka Morinomiya

Nishinomaru Garden

A 17th-century retreat with seasonal floral beauty

Photo of Nishinomaru Garden, Japan (Osaka Castle Park - Nishionmaru Garden by John Dunsmore)

Nishinomaru Garden, located within Osaka Castle’s grounds, is a site of historical and cultural significance in Japan. Established in the 17th century as part of the castle’s outer citadel, this garden provides a peaceful escape featuring a large lawn, tea house, and walking paths, where visitors can enjoy the changing seasons, from the cherry blossoms to the autumn leaves. The moat and stone walls tell of the castle’s rich history, and today, it is a favorite spot for relaxation and traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.

About Nishinomaru Garden

The garden has its roots in the Edo period (1603-1868), serving as part of the Osaka Castle’s outer citadel. Spanning 6.4 hectares, it offers views of the castle tower and is known for its cherry trees and plum trees, popular during hanami and plum blossom season. Nighttime illuminations during the cherry blossom season create a unique experience for visitors.

Historically, the garden is linked to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the feudal lord who initiated the unification of Japan and the construction of Osaka Castle in the late 16th century. The area where the garden is now situated was part of the original castle grounds and was further developed during the Tokugawa shogunate.

Nishinomaru Garden is cherished for its space to enjoy picnics and strolls, and for its traditional tea house. The large moat and stone walls remind visitors of the castle’s past defenses.

Today, the garden is a draw for locals and tourists, with its plants blooming at different times of the year – plum trees from January to March and cherry blossoms from late March to early April. The garden is not only appreciated for its flora but also as a historical site that reflects the legacy of Japanese culture.

Nishinomaru Garden remains an important cultural site in Osaka, offering a serene environment and a window into Japan’s history.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Nishinomaru Garden

C 18

Tanimachi Yonchōme
 Osaka Metro Chuo Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.2km)
T 22

 Tanimachi Line + 2 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)
O 06

 JR Osaka Loop Line + 2 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)
H 42

JR Ōsakajō-kitazume
 JR Tozai Line

 20-30 minute walk (1.8km)
KH 02

 Keihan Main Line + 1 more

 20-30 minute walk (2.2km)
K 15

 Sakaisuji Line + 1 more

 20-30 minute walk (2.3km)

Around Nishinomaru Garden

Nishinomaru Garden

Garden in Osaka

closed Monday (and other days)


西ノ丸庭園, 大阪

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