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Osaka’s Hidden Floral Spot: Osaka Garden of Floral Culture

If you are in Osaka from late February to early July and are after an off-the-beaten-path spot to enjoy nature and different kinds of flowers, consider heading to Osaka Garden of Floral Culture. The vast park is divided into several zones, each with a different type of flowers planted. Although getting there isn’t straightforward, you won’t be pushed around by strangers!

About Osaka Garden of Floral Culture

Osaka Garden of Floral Culture (大阪府立花の文化園) is in Kawachinagano City (河内長野市). It was opened in 1990 as a spot for locals to relax and increase communication opportunities while learning about various types of flowers.

The garden is huge. Numerous types of plants can be found on the 10-hectare land. Just note that the park has a hilly terrain, so walking in the garden can get you tired.

Osaka Garden of Floral Culture’s Plum Garden

In the park’s plum garden, approximately 340 plum trees of 90 varieties will bloom between mid-February and early March. During the plum blossom season, the popular event, Ume-kota (梅コタ), is held. During the festival, kotatsu and tents are set up, allowing you to adore the flowers while keeping warm.

Kotatsu is a unique piece of furniture in Japan. The heated table is usually found in the living room in the Japanese household to keep everyone warm in winter. Because there aren’t many facilities where you can try kotatsu out in Japan, it can be another reason to visit the Osaka Garden of Floral Culture in early spring!

In 2024, the Ume-kota was held from the 14th of February to the 10th of March.

Tip: The camellias should also blossom during the plum blossom season. Because most tourists gather in the plum garden, the camellia garden becomes a hidden gem!

Other Flowers at Osaka Garden of Floral Culture

Apart from the plum blossoms, the Osaka Garden of Floral Culture is home to several more flowers.

  • Rose: mid-May to mid-June and mid-October
    • About 1,400 roses of about 500 varieties are planted in the symmetrical rose garden.
    • You can see the entire rose garden from the terrace at the garden’s entrance.
  • Peony: mid to late June
  • Hydrangea: mid-June to early July
    • There are around 920 hydrangeas of approximately 140 varieties in the garden.
    • Hydrangea Flower Floating (アジサイの花浮かべ) is held from the 5th to the 7th of July in 2024.

While in Japanese, you can refer to HERE for the Osaka Garden of Floral Culture map. The floral icons and photos will tell you what flowers bloom at which part of the garden.

Tip: The Herbal Vegan Curry (薬膳精進カレー) is sold at the garden’s restaurant.

Osaka Garden of Floral Culture’s Opening Hours, Admission Fee, and Access Information

  • Osaka Garden of Floral Culture is open from Tuesday to Sunday
    • 9:30 am to 5 pm from March to September
    • 10 am to 5 pm in October, November, and February
    • 10 am to 4 pm in December and January
    • If Monday is a public holiday, the garden will close on the next business day.
    • The garden is closed from the end of December to the beginning of January.
  • The admission fee is
    • 580 yen for adults
    • 290 yen for senior high school students
  • To get to Osaka Garden of Floral Culture by public transport, take Nankai Bus from Kawachi-Nagano Station (河内長野駅) bus stop no. 7.
    • You can take either bus route 419V bound for Takihada Dam (滝畑ダム) and get off at Okukawachi Kuromaro no Sato (奥河内くろまろの郷) or bus route 406 (bound for Takihada Dam) or 419 (bound for Takou (高向)) and get off at Kamitakou (上高向).
    • Refer to HERE for the bus timetable in Japanese.
    • If you don’t read Japanese, use one of the Japan Transport Apps to plan your visit.

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