Tennoji is a very popular area in Osaka. With two large stations (Kintetsu and JR) with tons of shopping, restaurants, and Tennoji Zoo and Shitenno-ji Temple just a few minutes away, it is easy to understand the attraction. Also in Tennoji is the Osaka City Fine Art Museum and its Japanese garden, Keitakuen.
About The Osaka City Fine Art Museum
In 1926, the wealthy Sumitomo family donated a large plot of land, as well as some paintings, to the city in order to make a museum. Osaka City then opened said museum to the public in 1936. Fortunately, the museum survived WWII, so the original building is still in use.
Getting to The Osaka City Fine Art Museum
The museum is located just across the street from Tennoji Zoo, which is next to JR Tennoji and Kintetsu Abeno stations.
The Osaka City Fine Art Museum
Throughout a year, the museum holds many special exhibits, so you can enjoy something new whenever you come. The normal exhibit is only 300 yen, but when there is a special exhibit the admission fee will be higher. Check out the museum’s website to see when the next special exhibits will be held.
*You cannot use Osaka Amazing Pass when there is a special exhibit—which is often.
The focus of this museum is classic Japanese and Chinese art and with two floors of exhibits, you’ll need to take your time looking around. I’d say give yourself about an hour. When we went there, there, the museum was holding a Nitten special exhibit. The exhibit displayed art from several renowned Japanese art competitions such as Nitten or Nikaten.
Currently, Osaka City is planning to build a new art museum in Nakanoshima. The new museum will showcase the city’s collection of Modern and Western Art. The Osaka City Museum of Modern Art will open in 2021, but you can view their virtual collection here.
The Keitakuen Garden was made from the same land donated by the Sumitomo family. The entrance to the garden is on the east side of the Osaka City Fine Art Museum, and the entrance fee is 150 yen.
The garden was designed by Ogawa Jihei VII [小川治兵衛], one Japan’s most renowned gardeners. At the center of the garden is a pond with a small island and with a number of carefully placed rocks and many interesting flowers throughout.
Keitakuen is certainly small, but it is a nice place to relax and take a walk. Unfortunately, they don’t have many flowering trees like, ume or sakura. If seeing those flowers are high on your list, we recommend Shitenno-ji’s Gokuraku Jodo Garden.
Osaka City Fine Art Museum and Keitakuen Garden
|Address||1-82 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka City,
|Hours of Operation||Museum: Mon-Sun
*9:30-18:00 May-September, weekends only
|Admission Fee||Museum: 300 yen
Garden: 150 yen
We really move museums, especially in the summer when its too hot to do much outside, but you still want to do something. The exhibits are always rotating, so be sure to check the website before you go. You don’t want to end up spending more money than you’d like on an exhibit that has little appeal to you.
Coming next time,
An afternoon in Tennoji Zoo
The adventure continues…