Nagai Botanical Garden, The Locals’ Favorite Park

South of Osaka are big residential areas like Abiko and Nagai. This area is also home to Nagai Park, one of the biggest parks in greater Osaka City. In addition to being a very popular park, there are actually several facilities more than just taking a break. Inside the park is also Nagai Botanical Garden and the Osaka Museum of Natural History.

a strange gray japanese mascot
Nagai Botanical Garden Mascot.

Getting to Nagai Park

To get to the Nagai Park, take JR Hanwa Line or the Midosuji Subway Line and get off at Nagai Station. After that, it is a short 10 minute walk to Nagai Park.


Nagai Botanical Garden

Nagai botanical garden is very large botanical garden with roughly 1,200 different species of flowers! The park specializes in collecting plants that are native to Osaka Prefecture, so they don’t have any tropical, or exotic plants. However, this garden gives you a general idea of the kinds of flora found in Osaka Prefecture. Though it is particularly pretty in spring, there is almost always blooming regardless of season. If you want to know what is currently in season, check out their website.

The entrance fee is only 200 yen.

an unusual potato shaped japanese mascot covered in blooming flowers
Nagai Botanical Garden’s mascot, in bloom.
colorful rose garden in full bloom and school children exploring
Rose Garden
field of blooming red white and pink cosmos
hydrangea bushes blooming near astill pond
Hydrangea Garden
metasequoia and cypress tress in fall around a pond
Metasequoia and cypress tress in fall.

Osaka Museum of Natural History

Inside the Botanical Garden is the Osaka Museum of Natural History. When you purchase the ticket for the botanical garden, you can buy a combined ticket for botanical garden and museum for 300 yen. Just another hundred yen isn’t too shabby.

entrance of modern looking museum guarded by large floating dinosaur skeleton
Entrance to Osaka Museum of Natural History. This whale was found in Osaka Bay!

This museum has a number of permanent exhibits, but they occasionally have special exhibits (additional fee required). Check the website to see the full list.

dim museum filled with taxidermy animals
Entrance of museum

It’s a pretty nice little museum. Especially considering the price. Also…dinosaurs!

towering dinosaur fossils in dim museum
Dinosaur exhibit
fossilized prehistoric alligator skeleton in dim museum
This “alligator” was found near Osaka University!

After you get past the fossils, there is another exhibit in the neighboring building called “The Natural History of Osaka” that is free to charge. This section of the museum specializes in displaying the variation in each region of Osaka Prefecture.

museum display of various animals
River rats can be seen the moats of Osaka Castle.

Nagai Park

Address1-1 Nagaikoen, Higashisumiyoshi Ward, Osaka,
Osaka Prefecture, 〒 546-0034
Admission feePark: Free
Botanical Garden: 200 yen
Museum of Natural History: 300 yen
Hours of OperationPark:
Never closes

Botanical Garden:
March-Oct: 9:30-17:00
Nov-Feb: 9:30-14:30*Museum has the same hours as the botanical garden

Nagai Park and all of its attractions are a personal favorite for both of us. With so many different things to pick from, it is easy to see why this park is a local favorite. Stop on by and experience it for yourself!

Coming next time,

The Shrine of the God of Study, Kitano Tenmangu

The adventure continues…

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