Keitakuen Garden is one of the most precious gardens in Osaka. Osaka is the second largest city in Japan. As the city is fully industrialised, there is literary no green space except for Osaka Castle and Shitenno-ji Temple areas. The garden is a little oasis for city dwellers. It functions to sooth and anchor their psyche. It is the place to celebrate nature’s creative power and its beauty in the central city.
Being surrounded by Tennoji Station, Tennoji Park and Zoo, the area is one of the busiest places of Osaka. The blue building behind the garden is called Harukasu, the highest building of Japan. Nevertheless, the garden is filled with a sense of tranquility and stillness, especially the water garden areas. The view from the wooden architecture is mesmerising. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of a water garden over the window by sitting.
When I arrived at the garden, I felt something I am familiar with in its landscape design. Water space occupies a larger part of the garden and which creates a sense of spaciousness. Green pine trees and flowering azaleas decorate little islands here and there. No wonder the garden was designed by Ogawa Jihei, a renowned garden designer of Meiji period (1968-1912), and who worked on Shinen Garden at Heian Jingu Shrine.