2024-02-16 | Recommendations

Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka

When spring arrives in Osaka, you will have the chance to witness the city’s stunning transformation with the blooming cherry blossoms. From picturesque parks to historic landmarks, you can find plenty of spots to experience the cherry blossoms in Osaka as a local or visitor. Those seeking a peaceful stroll under a canopy of pink petals or a lively hanami (flower viewing) picnic with friends and family will find a spot to enjoy at these top cherry blossom spots in Osaka. By staying at THE LIVELY OSAKA HONMACHI, you will not have to worry about your transportation to these beautiful locations because of the central and convenient location of our hotel.

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Osaka Castle Park

Osaka Castle stands as a prominent attraction in Osaka, drawing tourists year-round, and it’s also celebrated as a prime cherry blossom destination. Spanning 100 hectares, the castle’s surrounding park boasts nearly 3,000 cherry trees that bloom each spring. The park offers exceptional views, particularly near the castle’s south-facing moat, where the soft pink hues of Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms contrast beautifully with the castle’s imposing stone walls.

During late March to early April, visitors can experience the enchanting “Kano Nighter” event in Nishinomaru Garden, featuring approximately 300 illuminated cherry trees, predominantly Yoshino variety, casting a magical glow over Osaka Castle. Steeped in history, Nishinomaru Garden was once the residence of Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s wife and brother, adding a touch of history to the scenic surroundings. While entry to Osaka Castle Park is free, admission to the gardens is 350 yen.

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Kema Sakuranomiya Park

Kema Sakuranomiya Park, a must-visit destination in Osaka during spring, boasts nearly 4,500 cherry trees lining the Ogawa River for approximately 4 kilometers. The park offers expansive lawn areas ideal for traditional hanami, complemented by a beautiful riverside promenade. Visitors can also embark on boat cruises along the river, providing a unique perspective of the blooming sakura trees. Conveniently located near the Osaka Mint Bureau, another renowned cherry blossom spot, Kema Sakuranomiya Park offers free admission. Visitors can admire the beauty of Yoshino, Yamazakura and Satozakura varieties, which illuminate the area during the sakura season from late March to mid-April. Additionally, historic Meiji era buildings near Sakuranomiya Bridge, including the Mint and Sempukan, provide added cultural interest to the cherry blossom viewing experience in Osaka.

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Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, renowned for its striking “Tower of the Sun” sculpture by Taro Okamoto, is also celebrated as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom destinations. From mid-March, visitors can delight in the blossoming of Higanzakura and Kanhizakura trees along Higashioji Street, adorned with approximately 5,500 cherry trees of nine different varieties. The park extends its hours until 9 p.m. during the Sakura Festival from late March to early April, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of Higashioji’s cherry blossoms illuminated at night. Admission to the park is 260 yen, well worth it for the enchanting evening illuminations of the sakura trees.

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Osaka Mint Bureau

The Osaka Mint Bureau stands as a renowned cherry blossom spot in Osaka, often topping lists for its breathtaking floral displays. While access to the Osaka Mint grounds is limited to specific times during the cherry blossom season, visitors are treated to a remarkable sight along its 560-meter promenade, adorned with 338 cherry trees showcasing 134 varieties, predominantly Yaezakura. While the cherry blossoms are the main attraction, the Osaka Mint Bureau also offers guided tours and informative exhibits about the history and significance of Japanese currency. Visitors can learn about the minting process and the bureau’s role in producing coins and medals for Japan.

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, once the site of a flower exhibition in 1990, is a vast public park nestled away from the bustling heart of Osaka. Abundant cherry trees adorn the park, creating numerous picturesque spots perfect for picnics. Additionally, the park boasts approximately 50 small gardens representing various countries worldwide. This expansive sanctuary features not only cherry blossoms but also a botanical garden and seasonal flowers. For an awe-inspiring view of sakura, head to the scenic pond surrounded by hundreds of cherry trees, where you can enjoy a delightful picnic without any admission fee. Don’t miss the chance to explore the vibrant rose garden and traditional Japanese Zen garden before leaving.

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