Roses, roses and even more roses, in every shade and shape you could imagine! Like a page out of an English gardening magazine or a scene from Alice in Wonderland, Osaka’s Utsubo Koen is truly an urban oasis. Located just a 6 minute walk from Honmachi Station (Subway Yotsubashi Line) Utsubo is in the heart of the city. At first glance, the size of the park is a bit deceiving but as you begin to walk around you soon realize that it is much larger than it looks.
The reason for this is its unique history once being used as an airplane runway by the United States during WWII. After the war, the space was rebuilt into a park and today contains approximately 160 different species of roses and free to the public all year around. In addition to the April – May Rose Garden, the park also holds a sculpture exhibition from mid-October to November. Both are definitely worth a visit as are the tennis courts located on the western side of the park. There are 16 courts in all but they do tend to fill up quickly so if you intend to play, it’s best to reserve.