Art Stroll in Nakanoshima

Nakanoshima, a 3.5 km island between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, is like a piece of history. Dotted with stunning retro architecture and world-class museums, Nakanoshima is a must-see for tourists to Osaka. It acts as a base for museums of art, science, and more that represent Osaka, as well as cutting-edge artists. A home to boundless romance that transcends the ages, embodied both through art and the mysteries of space. You'll find yourself skipping as you walk alongside the verdant river banks.

  1. START


  2. 12 min walk

    Approx. 500m to the west from the Subway Higobashi Station. The science paradise nicknamed "Dream Space Exciting Pavilion" is filled with experience style display under the theme of "space and energy" where both children and adults can have fun. Especially in the planetarium (4 projections per day/about 45 minutes, single performance admission system), the world's largest class dome screen (26.5m in diameter) and a cutting-edge system is introduced. The high precision digital image is projected 360 degrees by the 6 projectors. The Milky Way is shown with its 350,000 stars. You can enjoy the starry sky forever close to reality. An Omnimax movie with full impact (3 shows per day/about 45 minutes, single performance admission system) and various corners such as "human battery" and "Searching neutrino", etc. Your heart will leap in the galactic system. Spend a day as a scientist.

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    Exhibits Adults ¥400, Senior high school and University student ¥300, Junior high school student and under free

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    5 min walk

    Right after you leave the Science Museum, a gigantic monument with beautiful curves made of silver stainless pipe catches the eye. In fact this is the entrance gate to the National Museum of Art, Osaka. Designed by Cesar Pelli, one of the chosen "10 Most influential American Architects of Our Time", It is the beginning of the totally underground style museum. The 3-floor underground structure is a rarity in the modern world. Approx. 5,000 pieces of domestic and international paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs from the 20th century and after are in the collection. 50 -100 pieces are always on display, varying in each season. Planned exhibit to introduce artists in action, and special exhibits to show modern art are held 6-7 times a year. Complete with unique gallery talk and lecture, nursery (for a fee, reservation required).

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    Regular exhibit, Adults ¥420 University student ¥130 Senior high school student ¥70, Free for junior high school student and under, over 65 years old, person with mental or physical disabilities and one accompanying person. TBA for special exhibit, joint organized exhibit, etc.

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    1 min walk
  4. GRAF

    Right in front of the National Museum of Modern Art, an old-looking building of white walls with the Tosabori river at its back. It can be found anywhere, but it has the word "graf" on the corner of the wall. "graf" is a creative group of 6 people from different fields; designer, product designer, carpenter, furniture maker, artist, and cook, co-designing the "living space". They handle space produce in various facilities. They moved their base to here in Nakanoshima in 2000, and developed furniture making, a showroom, café, gallery, and bookshop, etc. They are the hottest dispatching spot of design and culture for creators in Osaka. Something must touch your heartstrings.

    25 min walk

    A gentle curve of dotted celadon made in Yuan dynasty 13 to 14th century. The beauty of large white porcelain jars conveying the high culture of Korea in the 17th century. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka was established by Osaka City in 1982 from the Ataka Collection of 965 items/about 1,000 pieces of oriental ceramics which 21 companies of Sumitomo group donated. After that, many Korean ceramic pieces were donated by Dr.RHEE Byung-Chang. Currently it boasts approx. 2,000 pieces of collection including National Treasure. Going around the quiet display rooms, you may hear the thoughts of forerunners beyond the time across the glass cases. The Gallery Guide is scheduled to open from 11:00 and 14:00 on Sat. Sun. and holidays. (time 1-2 hours. Inquiry required).

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    Adults ¥500 / Senior high school and University student ¥300

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  6. GOAL!


Sights to see
105 great leading citizens who inspired Osaka. Don’t miss the company museums to get a feel of their lives.
Socrates with delicious pasta, cakes, and river breeze is recommended. You can see the “Big Osaka” era over a steaming cup of rich coffee. Dai Building Honkan, Osaka noted café “Big Osaka”
“Living Design” SUNAO only available by “graf”