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Most popular destinations in Osaka’s Tennoji and Abeno downtown areas

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When one thinks of sightseeing in Osaka, the places that come to mind are Osaka Castle and the downtown areas of Namba and Umeda.
However, Tennoji is another great area to visit, especially since it’s not as well-known.

1. About Tennoji and Abeno

tennoji abenoTennoji is also known as Abeno, but the difference between Tennoji and Abeno is not that clear-cut for Osaka residents.

First, here are some spots that you should definitely see if you visit Tennoji.

1-1. Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Kansai

tennoji abenoAbeno Harukas is located in Tennoji, and as the tallest building in the Kansai region, it’s quite famous. It stands 300 meters tall, second to the recently built Azabudai Hills Mori JP Tower in Tokyo.

Kintetsu Department Stores take up from the 2nd to 14th floors. Above that, there are offices and a hotel, and to the surprise of many, there is an atrium observation deck from the 58th to 60th floors. Incidentally, the spectacular view from a height of 300 meters offers a panoramic view of the entire Osaka area. Osaka Castle is also quite a bit lower, so you can look down on Lord Hideyoshi and feel a sense of superiority.

1-2. Abeno Q’s Mall, a huge shopping mall

tennoji abenoAbeno Q’s Mall is another spot in Tennoji that attracts many visitors.
Abeno Q’s Mall is a huge shopping mall, and a mall of this size in the middle of the downtown area has a great presence.
There are many tenants, and the fact that there are standing bars and other izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) inside the building is a reminder that this was a drinking area before Q’s Mall was built.

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1-3. Tennoji Zoo, where you can meet cute animals

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Unlike Namba and Umeda, the zoo is unique to Tennoji.
Osaka City Tennoji Zoo opened in 1915 and is the third oldest zoo in Japan with a history of over 100 years. A leisurely walk from Tennoji to the grassy “Park Tenshiba” and interacting with the animals at the zoo would be meaningful and fun, and afterwards, heading toward Tsutenkaku to eat kushikatsu and play would be a great plan to enjoy Osaka to the fullest.

▼Click here for information on Tennoji Zoo
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Store name: Tennoji Animal Park
Address: 1-108 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City
Opening hours: 9:30-17:00 (admission until 16:00)
(Open until 18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in May and September; admission until 17:00)
Mondays (if Monday falls on a holiday, closed on the following weekday)


2. Shitennoji Temple as a tourist attraction

tennoji abenoSightseeing is also a great way to experience history.
Tennoji is the second busiest area after Namba and Umeda, but the major difference is the depth of its history. Tennoji is an abbreviation for Shitennoji, an area with a long history that has existed since the Heian period. One of the characteristics of Tennoji is that there are many temples and shrines such as Shitennoji, Isshinji, and Ikukunitama Shrine.
Let us introduce you to the Shitennoji Temple and what it has to offer.

2-1. What kind of temple is Shitennoji?

tennoji abenoShitennoji is one of the seven major temples founded by Prince Shotoku.
It is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, and only Shitennoji and Horyuji were founded by Prince Shotoku.
I once went to collect red seals when I was in high school because there is such a historic temple in Tennoji. I feel at home here.

2-2. Early morning Zen meditation session

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Twice a month, Shitennoji Temple holds a Zen meditation session called Sanzen-kai, where people can practice Zen meditation.
It is a little early in the morning, starting at 6:30 a.m., but it is a great opportunity for spiritual cultivation, and there is no charge for participation. You may have a pleasant day.

Name of institution: Wa Sect Sohonzan Shitennoji
Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City
Hours of visit: 8:30-16:00
*Depends on the place of worship. Please check the website for details.
Parking: Available at Times adjacent to Namdaemun
8:00-22:00 200 yen/30 min.
22:00-8:00 100 yen/60 minutes

3. An elegant moment at the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art

tennoji abenoThe Osaka Municipal Museum of Art is located in Tennoji Park. The museum has a long history, having been donated by the Sumitomo family of the Sumitomo Zaibatsu conglomerate in 1914, along with the Japanese garden Keitakuen, and opened in 1936. I also had the opportunity to exhibit there when I was in high school, and I have the impression of a very beautiful and prestigious museum.

3-1. Exhibitions

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Osaka Municipal Museum of Art has a large collection of artifacts and a long history of holding major exhibitions such as special exhibitions and the Nitten exhibition in Osaka. The museum’s collection of over 8,400 Japanese and Chinese paintings, sculptures, and artifacts at any given time, many of which are designated national treasures or important cultural properties, makes it one of the best museums in Japan.

3-2. Hours of Operation *Closed for renovation until spring 2025

tennoji abenoPlease refer here for information on the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art’s hours of operation.

Name of institution: Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
Address: 1-82 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City (in Tennoji Park)
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open on Monday and closed on the following weekday.)
Year-end and New Year holidays (December 28 – January 4)
Exhibition change period
Viewing fee:
General: 300 yen (group: 150 yen)
High school and university: 200 yen (group 100 yen)
Free of charge for junior high school students and younger, persons with disability certificate (including one caregiver), and residents of Osaka City aged 65 and over [proof required (original copy of health certificate, Keiro preferential boarding pass, etc.)].
*Groups must be at least 20 people.
*Fees for special exhibitions, special displays, etc. will be determined separately.
*When a special exhibition is held, the collection exhibition can also be viewed with the special exhibition admission fee.
Access:Get off at Tennoji Station and walk about 400m northwest (in Tennoji Park)

4. Keitakuen Garden, a photogenic place to experience history

TennojiAs mentioned earlier, Keitakuen is a Japanese garden located in Tennoji Park, and the garden was created by Jihei Ogawa, the seventh generation of landscape architect who created numerous gardens including Heian Shrine Shrine Garden, Maruyama Park and Murinan.

This Keitakuen garden has a large pond in the center and is surrounded by stepping stones and bridges, a technique that allows visitors to feel the dynamic movement of the water beneath their feet. This technique is called Sawatari. The scene is bright and open, and with the flow of water and nature, I would say that spending time in Keitakuen is truly a refreshing experience.

4-1. Great for taking pictures

TennojiIt is a very calm place where you can feel rich and in touch with nature.
The greenery reflected in the pond, of course, but the garden also has different expressions in spring, summer, fall, and winter, making it a photo-worthy sight any time of the year.
Abeno Harukas stretching out from this nature-filled garden is another photogenic sight.

4-2. Hours of Operation

tennoji abenoNow, let us introduce you to the business hours of Keisakuen, which you may be interested in.

Name of facility: Keitakuen
Address: 1-108 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City (in Tennoji Park)
TEL: 06-6771-8401
Opening hours: 9:30-17:00
Night time open: 9:30〜18:00
May and September: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays only
Fare: Adults 150 yen, elementary and junior high school students 80 yen *Free for elementary and junior high school students living and attending school in Osaka City
Closed: Open all year round
Access: 5 minutes walk from Tennoji Station on JR, Midosuji and Tanimachi lines


Why don’t you visit Keisawaen once to heal from your daily fatigue?

5. Yukimura Sanada and Mt. Chausu

tennoji abenoChausuyama (Mt. Chausu), standing in the northeastern part of Tennoji Park, was Yukimura Sanada’s headquarters during the Osaka Summer Battle and is one of the largest forward-rear circular mounds in Osaka City. Yukimura Sanada was killed in the Summer Battle of Osaka, and a monument to his death was erected at Yasui Shrine. This Chausuyama is an important place to tell the story of Yukimura Sanada’s final days.

5-1. Wakebashi

tennoji abenoThere is a Kawazoko Pond in front of Chausuyama, and the bridge that spans it is the Wake Bridge. The vermilion bridge, which has been newly painted a beautiful vermilion color and spans the green area as far as the eye can see, gives a wonderful essence to those who see it. You can also see streamers decorated with the Sanada family crest “Rokubun Sen”.

5-2. Former Kuroda Clan Storehouse Rowhouse Gate

tennoji abenoThe Nagayamon gate of the former warehouse of the Kuroda clan is a tangible cultural property of Osaka Prefecture.
It is one of the few remaining warehouses from the mid-Edo period, located near the current Nakanoshima Mitsui Building, but now preserved in Tennoji Park to the south of the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art.

It is also called “Goto Matabei Akazunomon” (Goto Matabei Akazu’s Gate), which is said to have originated from the fact that the vassals waited without closing the gate for Goto Matabei, who fought and died with Toyotomi and Yukimura Sanada during the Osaka Summer Campaign, to return.
You can feel the thoughts of the vassals of the time in this Nagayamon gate of the former Kuroda Domain warehouse.

6. Summary: Experience Japanese history at Tennoji Temple

tennoji abenoHow was it? Tennoji is a busy downtown area where many people gather like Namba and Umeda. On the other hand, Tennoji’s charm is that it allows visitors to experience nature and history that cannot be experienced in Namba and Umeda. Tsutenkaku Tower is nearby, and you can also eat Osaka’s famous kushikatsu (deep-fried foods in batter).
If you are sightseeing in Osaka, Tennoji is a good enough place to visit. If you’re ever in Osaka, be sure to stop by!

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