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Tennôji Park in Osaka

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Entrance to the Tennôji Park

The Osakans owe mayor Seki Hajime very
much to the modernization of Osaka. His father
was a samurai of the shogunate. He was a
professor of the Tokyo High School of
Commerce. He was specailized in the city
transportation and industrialization policy.

He was invited to Osaka as a vice mayor and
later, was elected as a mayor. He built the
Midôsuji Avenue and subways and made
innumerable achievements to mdernize Osaka.

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Mayor of Osaka
Seki Hajime

( 1873-1935 )

He built the Tennoji zoo in 1915. When he
died, 80,000 citizens of Osaka attended at his

The Tennôji Park became open to the public in 1909. It's a vast area including the Tennôji
Zoo, Botanical house, " keitakuen Garden " and Chausuyama Hill.

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To the entrance to the Tennôji

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" Flight "
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The Gate of " Kurayashiki "

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The Road from the Osaka Municipal Museum of
Fine Arts to the Shinsekai ( " The new World " )
Area for working class people

 The Bonsai Exhibition in the Tennôji


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The bridge to the Osaka Municipal Museum
of Fine Arts, Keitakuen garden and
Chausuyama Hill

From the Bridge to the Osaka Municipal
Museum of Fine Arts, you can see the building
whi was the gate of " Kurayashiki " of the
domain of lord Kuroda of the province of
Chikuzen in Kyushu with 520,000 koku
of rice production.

Kurayashiki was warehouse, office and
residence of samurai to sell rice and
other products from their domian. All
merchandise from every provinces of
Japan were transported by boat to be
sold in Osaka which was the commercial
center of Japan.

In Osaka, there was the Rice Exchange
Market, Copper Exchange Market,
Marine Product Exchange market,
and money echange houses. Therefore,
the transition from the feudal economy
to the modern capitalistic economy
was very smooth. The Merchants could
easily understood what was the Stock
Exchange Market.

The powerful money exchanger like the
House of Kônoike started the modern
banking system in the Meiji Era.

The gate had been at the west end of the
Watanabe-bashi Bridge along the Dôjima
River. When Mitsui built the Nakanoshima
Mitsui Building in 1933, it was donated to
Osaka city.

The gate is representative of the mid-Edo
Period buildings.

Fukuzawa Yukichi, thinker, educator and
the founder of Keio University was born
in 1835 in the Kurayashiki of Nakatsu
domain at the north end the Tamae-bashi

He moved to nakatsu when he was one and
a half year old. He came back to Osaka
when he was 22 years old and enter the
Tekijuku school to study the Dutch Studies.

When he was 25 years old, the government
of Nakatsu han ordered him to go to Edo.

In 1872, the Mieji government wold 135
confiscated Kurayashiki which were along
the3 river-sides of the Dôjima-gawa River,
Tosa-bori gawa River and the Edobori gawa
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Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Arts

  Admission Fee to the park :

   Adults : ¥150

   Free admission : Middle school students and younger; seniors ( 65 years old
                                  and over ) Disabled persons ( must present certificate )

Admission Fee to the Zoo :

   Adults : ¥500

   Free admission : Middle school students and younger; seniors ( 65 years old
                                  and over ) Disabled persons ( must present certificate )

  Open :

  From 9.30 AM to 5.00 PM. In May and September : Up to 6.00 PM

  Closed :

  On every Monday. But, when Monday falls on a holiday, on the next working day.

  Access :

  Access to the Tennôji gate :  

 JR Loop Line ( Kanjyô-sen ) : In front of the Tennôji Station :

  Subways : Tennôji station of the Midôsuji Line and the Tanimachi Line.

  Kintetsu Line :  Osaka Abeno-bashi Station

  Hasnkai Line : Tennôji Ekimae Station

  Access to the Shinsekai Gate :

  Subways : Tennôji Dôbutsuen Mae Station or Mishiebisu Ekimae Station

  Access to the Zoo ( " Shinsekai Gate ) :

  Sub way : From the Exit No.1 of the Dôbutsuenmae Station
                    From the Exit No.3 of the Ebisuchô Station

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Hiroaki Sasaki

  Chausuyama Hill in the Tennôji Park

  Keitakuen Garden in the Tennôji Park ( No.1 )     

  Shinsekai ( The New World and Tsûtenkaku Tower )

  ( Under construction )