Keitakuen and Chausuyama
Keitakuen is a garden in a pure Japanese style within Tennoji Park. It is a garden in the rinsen-kaiyushiki style (“strolling garden of woods and springs”), best enjoyed by strolling in a roughly circuit to view every angle. It was bequeathed to the City of Osaka in 1926 by the Sumitomo family, a wealthy merchant family.
The garden was designed and built by Jihei Ogawa VII. Also known as “Ueji”, Jihei Ogawa VII created other renowned gardens, such as Heianjinguushin'en, Murayama Park and Murin’an, all in Kyoto. He is credited with establishing the prevailing style of modern garden landscaping in Japan.
The centerpiece of the garden is a large pond, around which features such as artificial hills, stepping-stones and bridges are placed. In a technique called sawatari, the stepping-stones are placed so as to impart to strollers the vigor of the water rushing beneath their feet.
The pulsing water and other delightful natural elements make this modern, bright and spacious park a delight for the senses.
Keitakuen also includes a serene and charming teahouse, Choseian. This teahouse can be used for tea ceremonies, poetry readings, commemorative photo sessions and more. For more information about using Choseian, you can visit the following website:
Standing in the northeast section of Tennoji Park, Chausuyama is well known as the scene of a great historical conflict. In the winter campaign of the siege of Osaka in 1614, this entire area served as the troop headquarters of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the summer campaign Sanada Yukimura captured the site, in the Battle of Chausuyama.
There are two theories about the origin of this artificial hill. One is that it is a “keyhole-shaped tumulus,” a noble gravesite, erected around the 5th century AD. The second is that a nearby riverbed is the remains of a canal crossing the Uemachi Plateau, built by Wake no Kiyomaro, and that Chausuyama consists of sediment dredged in the making of the canal.
Chausuyama, Opening hours 7:00~22:00, Admission fee: Free