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9 am - 5 pm
When to Go:
- Located in beautiful Jackson Park, Osaka Garden is a park within a park.
- The Osaka Gardens Chicago was built in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition, and created to cement the ties of friendship between Chicago and Japan.
- Both Japan and Chicago have made contributions to the Osaka Garden, making it one of the many beautiful Chicago parks.
5800 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
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Peaceful Garden in the Heart of Jackson Park.
This activity is FREE!
Features: Osaka Garden is a Japanese stroll garden nestled on the north end of the Wooded Island in historic Jackson Park. The origins of Osaka Garden Chicago date back more than 100 years, when the Japanese government gave a beautiful building to Chicago for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. This gift planted the seeds of a lasting relationship between Chicago and Japan.
In 1934, Chicago established a garden at the site to show its appreciation for this special place and its gratitude to Japan. Over time, both Chicago and Japan have made significant contributions to the garden. In return, the garden has shared its many gifts with all who visit it.
The natural beauty of Osaka Garden and its traditional Japanese-style elements inspire the viewer. Entering the garden's wooden entrance gate from the bustle of the city, the visitor discovers a world of peaceful lagoons, lush trees and verdant plants, meandering paths, arching moon bridge and trickling water.
Why We Go: Located on Wooded Island in the heart of Chicago's Jackson Park, the peaceful ambiance of the Osaka Gardens is a great way to soothe the mind and calm the soul. The grounds feature a series of water fountains, bridges, and ornate stone-cut Japanese lanterns.
- Free Admission: There is no charge to visit the beautiful grounds of Osaka Gardens, making it a budget-friendly Chicago attraction.
- Historical Treasure: First created in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition, the Osaka Gardens Chicago still has many buildings and artifacts from that time period, including an ornate stone Japanese lantern.
Inside Knowledge: The Osaka Garden is symbolic of a mini landscape with rocks, bushes, and ponds representing mountains, trees and lakes. This style of garden was popular with 17th century Japanese noblemen who used to carefully tend their gardens, ensuring that all plants and trees were kept to proper, human-sized scale.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Admire the Rocks: While they may look like ordinary rocks, many of the Osaka Gardens' rocks are millions of years old. From the pebbles in the Turtle Pond, to the stone Japanese lanterns, the rocks of the garden represent the principles of a Japanese garden, as well as the geologic ages. The placement of each rock in the garden is also carefully considered.
- Do Take a Stroll: A Japanese Stroll, that is. The Osaka Garden is considered to be a classic example of a Japanese Stroll garden. This type of garden dates back to the 17th century, and is designed to both reveal and hide features of the garden as one walks through it, with each piece of the garden offering a new view.
- Don't Walk on Turtle Island: The Osaka Garden's Turtle Island is a no-go zone for humans. Representative of the place where departed souls go, Turtle Island can only be viewed from afar.
- Don't Forget to Donate: While admission to the gardens is free, donations are gladly accepted to help fund the future upkeep of the Osaka Gardens Chicago.