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Nakanoshima Children's Book Forest

The Children's Book Forest Nakanoshima opened in 2020 at the foot of Namba Bridge, which spans the eastern edge of Nakanoshima. The cultural facility was designed and built by world-renowned architect ANDO Tadao(1941- ), who was born and raised in Osaka, and donated it to the city of Osaka with the intention of creating a facility in Nakanoshima Park where children can develop their creativity through books and artistic culture.

The three-story building features Ando's signature fair-faced concrete and an exterior that curves in an arch along the river. The interior features a full-length bookshelf wall, a maze-like bridge passageway, and an atrium, creating a playful space that will delight children.

inside the building

Aphorisms (short sentences) extracted from books and made into three-dimensional letters, "word sculptures," are displayed throughout the exhibition.

Creating an opportunity for children to start reading books

Resting room

The "Green Apple," an objet d'art designed by Mr. Ando

We hope that many people will be touched by it as a symbol of youth full of challenging spirit.


1-1-28 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City

Opening hours

9:30 - 17:00


Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, the library is open on Monday and closed on the following weekday.) Collection clearance period and year-end and New Year holidays


Admission is free. 90-minute complete changeover. Advance reservations and first-come-first-served on the day of admission are available. For details on how to enter the museum, see the official website.



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