Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Hattori Ryokuchi Park: Osaka’s Top Urban Park to Relax

On the way to Kobe, Hattori Ryokuchi Park (服部緑地) is another plum blossom hunting spot in Osaka. The park, which was chosen to be one of the Top 100 Urban Parks in Japan, is best known for its plum grove and water park. The fall foliage scenery here is also amazing. Opened in 1950, Hattori Ryokuchi Park is one of Osaka’s prefectural parks. While the park is usually where the locals chill, national tournaments are sometimes held at the park’s sports facilities.

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Refer to HERE for the Hattori Ryokuchi Park English Map.

About Hattori Ryokuchi Park and the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses

The gently undulating park is dotted with bamboo thickets, pine forests, and more than 10 ponds. Besides the sport fields, an equestrian Center, and an outdoor music hall, Hattori Ryokuchi Park also has a collection of Japanese farm houses relocated from other parts of Japan.

The best time to visit the old Japanese farmhouses in Hattori Ryokuchi Park (日本民家集落博物館) is winter. It is when the mochi rice cake-making event is held (just one day). The traditional hearths in the old houses aren’t just a decor in colder months. Fire is usually lit to keep the visitors warm. There might even be snow to decorate the old houses! Moreover, winter is camelia’s flowering season!

Events and activities are usually held on weekends. Refer to the Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses’ Official Website and click “English” for the current event schedule.

In summer, from early July to August, a water park is set up for the locals to chill. Besides pools and waterslides, there is also a toddler pool. So, if you are in Osaka during Japan’s hot summer, head to Hattori Ryokuchi Park to cool down!

Hattori Ryokuchi Park’s Flowering Calendar

On Hattori Ryokuchi Park’s 126.3-hectare ground, a couple of types of flowers are planted.

  • The 200 plum trees of around 20 varieties usually bloom between late February and early March.
  • The cherry blossoms bloom generally between late March and the beginning of April.
  • Tulips: April
  • Roses: late April to May and late October to early November
  • Azaleas: mid-April to mid-May
  • Hydrangeas: late May to mid-June
  • Water lilies in the Japanese garden: May to September
  • Lotus: July and August
  • Camelias: December to April

You can also refer to the Hattori Ryokuchi Park’s Official Website for the photos that were taken by the park recently.

How to Get to Hattori Ryokuchi Park

  • The Open-air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
    • The last admission is at 4:30 pm.
    • If Monday is a public holiday, it will close next business day.
    • The museum is also closed from the 27th of December to the 4th of January.
  • From Osaka Station (大阪駅) or JR Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅), take the Osaka Subway and get off at Ryokuchi Kōen Station (緑地公園駅). Then, it is a 10-minute walk to Hattori Ryokuchi Park.

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