A rich mixture of people, history, and art
Planned for those who love and remains made from stone and retro imposing buildings
Nakanoshima, an area located between two rivers, had flourished as a hub of goods across Japan about 400 years ago. Since then, it has prospered as the central area of business and still has many headquarters of major enterprises and banks.
Those major enterprises and investors built many western style buildings made from bricks and stone in the 20th century. Most of them are still used as an office or store.
We have only picked worth visiting spots among them! Your otomo guide will take you there and give you some information about the history of those buildings.
Don’t forget to book your tour!
・Visit buildings built more than 100 years ago and still used. You can also get in there!
・Appreciate the solemness of each building and the beauty of the ornaments
・Have a break and take your time at a café inside the building
・Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library: You will start your tour to visit western style buildings here at a dynamic architecture! It is a building as beautiful as a Greek temple, with a history of longer than 100 years. This building is used as a library so you can get in there!
・Osaka City Central Public Hall: A very beautiful city hall with a breathtaking contrast of blue, green, and red of water, greenery, and red bricks. It is a symbolic building of Osaka of knowledge, culture, and history where people still gather, take a rest, and learn.
・Aoyama building: A beautiful building made from brick covered with ivy. The scenery consisting of ivy and greenery in the backyard changes according to the season, which attracts people’s heart. There are shops in it and also a café where you can have a break.
・IKOMA BUILDING: A tall building with a huge clock made from brick. Since it was built as a headquarter office of a clock company, it has many beautiful ornaments related to clocks such as a clock tower on the roof, a window with paintings of a pendulum, and more. It is still used as an office building!
・Semba Building: On your first sight, it looks like just one of those usual brick-made buildings but the courtyard with greenery and sunlight is very beautiful! This building is still used as an office by several companies.
・Shibakawa Building: A building with a long history made from stone. There are restaurants and specialty shops in it so you can buy fashionable goods like a sophisticated general good while enjoying the quaint atmosphere inside the building.
・Tekijuku: The last spot of this tour is a building from the Edo period, 19th century. It used to be a place to study and is said that it is the root of Osaka University. This is the place where many great people who supported the prosperity of Osaka studied.
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to have lunch/dinner at a resting place.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
In front of the ticket office ouside the central gate of Osaka Station, JR Line