Keitakuen Garden resides in the central Osaka, Japan. The garden is a hidden gem of the city. It was initially created as a tea garden of the Sumitomo family, an influential group in finance, in 1918.
Osaka is Japan’s leading economically advanced city and holds more than 19 million residents, which is one of the largest in the world. Within a center of business and commercial area, Keitakuen Garden has been preserved as a little oasis for the locals.
Garden Photography Tip
Keitakuen Garden is one of my best favourite gardens in Osaka. It is a garden to add to your list for travel and photography in Osaka.
On May, the colour of azaleas decorates the garden along with the water area. The garden shows a different surface in Summer. Green colours and their reflections on a pond overwhelm visitors.
The shapes of pine trees are well designed and maintained. Capture the reflections of plants on a pond into an image and compose the image of the water garden by situating a stone lantern in a fine line. When wind is still and cloud makes less contrast, the reflections on a water surface create a perfect mirroring effect in the image. That is why I visit water gardens.
Find a little island around a water area and step onto stone bridges. Enjoy a change of scenery by walking along with the water area. It is a stroll style water garden. See the situated stones, plants and pine trees on an island. Find the best composition for a water garden photography and then push a shutter button.
Keitakuen Garden is one of the important sites of Osaka for travel photography. Its historical and cultural significance is immeasurable. In addition to this, a tripod is allowed for use. There are less visitors. It is a place where any photographers can fully enjoy photography.
I felt something I was familiar with the landscaping and designs of the garden. Yes! Keitakuen Garden was designed by OGAWA Jihei, a renowned Japanese modern garden designer. Ogawa also worked on Heianjingu Shrine’s garden, Shinen, which is one of my best favourite gardens in Kyoto.
I did not know that Osaka holds such a beautiful garden in the central city. The garden was not on my list. Its size is moderately small, but its quality should not be underestimated. When I worked at Tennoji Zoo and Tennoji Park, which locates just next to the garden, for photography, I discovered Keitakuen Garden.
Abeno Harukasu, Japan’s largest tower, stands next to the garden. Tennoji Zoo and Tennoji Park are filled with visitors and tourists. How is it possible to imagine such a beautiful garden exists next to Osaka’s busiest commercial area? Finding a new garden makes me feel very special. It is a sensation!
Keitakuen Garden locates just nearby Tennoji Station. Visitors can cover Abeno Harukasu, Tennoji Park, Tennoji Zoo and the garden within a day. It takes less than 15 minutes to access to Tsutenkaku Tower, Osaka’s landmark.
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