With the Dojima River to the north and the Tosabori River to the south, Nakanoshima is a symbolic area of "Aqua Metropolis Osaka". The buildings and bridges in the area are illuminated at night, adding further color to the riverside. Shining out conspicuously in the midst of all this is Osaka City Central Public Hall, a retro-modern edifice in a Neo-Renaissance style. Wishing there could be a base in Osaka from which culture and art could be spread, a citizen called Einosuke Iwamoto donated to Osaka City private assets whose value today it is said would amount to billions of yen. Countless addresses, operas, classical concerts and other cultural events have been held in the Hall since it was completed in 1918. The wish of Einosuke has been passed down to the people of Osaka today.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
While only the Exhibition Room and "free viewing areas" can be visited freely, other rooms may be seen on guided tours operated by the Public Hall (reservation and additional fee required) and during various events. Please check the website about illuminations, as the times depend on the season. There are also illumination events every December.
The pleasure of travel: Osaka City Central Public Hall
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updated on Mar 15, 2016
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