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See Sakura in Osaka this Spring!!: Popular & Unexpected Spots for Cherry Blossom Viewing

23.03.2019

When you think of cherry blossoms, no doubt Japan is the place that comes to mind. With many varieties and places to see the sakura, it’s no surprise that many people come to Japan to see these cherry blossoms in full bloom!

You don’t want to get here before they’re in bloom–or worse when they’ve already fallen to the ground! Make sure to plan your trip to see the cherry blossoms at the right time.

 


According to the latest information from Sakura weather map forecast, Sakura will start to bloom around March 26th and will be in full bloom around April 4th. So, if you’re looking for the best time we recommend the end of March or the beginning of April!

Now you know when to visit–it’s time to look at where to go for the best sakura spots in Osaka!

 

①Osaka Castle Park 大阪城公園


First of all, Osaka Castle Park! It’s popular, not just because it is the easiest place to get to, but you get to view cherry blossoms with Osaka Castle as a backdrop: perfect.
Osaka Castle Park is a popular place to visit all year round as a historical landmark. However, its beauty is amplified making it a must for sakura season

 

大阪城公園 Osaka Castle
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区大阪城
Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours
24 hours a day
**Nishinomaru Garden Hours: 9:00~17:00 (November~February: until 16:30/Sakura Night Time Viewing Hours: until 21:00 **Illumination from 18:00) Last entry: 30 mins before closing time
Night Time Cherry Blossom Viewing March 23th, 2019~April 14th, 2019, 9:00~21:00
Note: illumination will only be available within the Nishinomaru Garden
Nearest Station
Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line – Tanimachi 4-chome Station (Exit 1-B) or Temmabashi Station (Exit 3) / Osaka Metro Chuo Line – Tanimachi 4-chome Station (Exit 9) or Morinomiya Station (Exits 1 & 3-B)
Osaka Metro Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line – Osaka Business Park Station (Exit 1) or Morinomiya Station (Exits 1 & 3-B)
※About a 15 to 20 minute walk from each station
Fee Free
※Nishinomaru Garden: 200 JPY / Sakura Night Time Viewing: 350 JPY (High School Age and Above)
※Disabled Persons and Residents who have lived in Osaka for Over 65 years — Free
※You may use Osaka Amazing Pass & Facility Admissions Pass for Foreign Students
Homepage(English) https://osakacastlepark.jp/foreinger/english.html

 

② Settsukyo Park in Takatsuki City 摂津峡公園(高槻市)


Upstream of Akutagawa River, you’ll find Settsukyo Park, which is designated as a scenic spot in Osaka. In spring you can see the cherry blossoms and in autumn enjoy the foliage. It packs a punch for sakura season with over 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees, a hybrid species.
We recommend the southern area of the park where there’s not just sakura but also a playground, making it an ideal spot for families to visit this sakura season. In this particular area of the park, there are about 230 cherry trees, which will be in full bloom at the end of March and beginning of April. Every there’s also a “Sakura Festival” as well!

 

摂津峡公園(高槻市) Settsukyo Park in Takatsuki City
Address 大阪府高槻市塚脇5-3-4
5-3-4, Tsukawaki, Takatsuki City, Osaka
Hours
Open 24 hours
Settsukyo Park Sakura Festival March 30th, 2019~April 14th, 2019
Sakura Matsuri Event on April 6th~7th, 2019 11:00~16:00 (Takatsuki Taiko drum performance, etc)
Night Time Cherry Blossom Viewing Illumination & lanterns – Friday through Sunday 18:00~21:00 (May change depending on the when the flowers bloom)
Nearest Station From JR Takatsuki Station, take the Takatsuki City bus for about 20 minutes, heading for Tsukawaki. About a 10-minute walk from Tsukawaki bus stop.
Fee Free
Website https://www.takatsuki-kankou.org/info/813/

Photo Source: 高槻市観光協会公式サイト

 

③The Expo ’70 Commemorative Park 万博記念公園


While Expo Park is known for the Tower of the Sun statue, it is also well known as a place to view the cherry blossoms! Within the park, there are about 5,500 sakura trees alone, so it’s easy to see why it’s selected as one of the top 100 places to go for sakura viewing within Japan.

 

万博記念公園 The Expo ’70 Commemorative Park
Address 大阪府吹田市千里万博公園
Senribanpakukoen, Suita City, Osaka
Hours 9:30~17:00
Sakura Festival March 20th, 2019~April 14th, 2019  9:30 – 21:00
Expo Memorial Park Sakura Festival(National Pottery Exhibit also available on March 28th, 2019 ~ April 8th, 2019) *Scheduled
Night time Sakura Viewing Illumination – 17:00~21:00 (During the Sakura Festival)
Nearest Station About 5 minutes from Osaka Monorail Bampaku Kinen-koen Station, East Exit
Fee Adults – 250 JPY, Elementary School Age Children – 70 JPY
Homepage(English) https://www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/

Photo Source: TAKA@P.P.R.S

 

④Yamanakadani 山中渓


Yamanakadani Park is rich with nature, and of course cherry blossoms. These cherry trees were planted in 1965, along the Yamanakakawa riverbed. Now, there are over 1,000 cherry trees. There are Yoshino cherry blossoms along both sides of the river for a stretch of 1km, which will be lit up with lanterns, giving a lovely atmosphere for cherry blossoms. Take a walk around, or enjoy the Wanpaku Kingdom park! Yamanakadani is the perfect place for a nature-filled outing.

 

山中渓 Yamanakadani
Address 大阪府阪南市山中渓
Yamanakadani, Hannan City, Osaka
Hours N/A (**Wanpaku Kingdom Hours: 9:30~16:30)
Sakura Festival April 7th, 2019  10:30 – 16:00(At Wanpaku Kingdom)
Night time Sakura Viewing March 31st, 2019~April 13th, 2019  9:30 – 21:00
Nearest Station JR Yamanakadani Station
Fee Free
Homepage http://www.city.hannan.lg.jp/kakuka/shimin/mkatsu/spot/sakura.html

Photo Source: 阪南市ホームページ

 

~~Get a Cherry Blossoms Merchandise as souvenir!~~

1. Starbucks Coffee Japan

The sakura themed products from Starbucks are so popular that there’s a good chance they’ll sell out before the sakura even bloom!!So make sure you go, go, go before it’s gone. If you’re too late, you’ll have to wait for next year.

 

STARBUCKS TSUTAYA EBISUBASHI
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀1-8-19
1-8-19 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 8:00AM~4:00AM (the next day)
Closed on
Irregular holidays
Nearest Station
About a 3 minute walk from Exit 14 or Exit B12, Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji & Sennichimae lines and Hanshin Namba Line
Sakura Series Info https://www.starbucks.co.jp/coffee/190215/index.html?nid=coarc
Where to buy Directly at the store or on the internet
Homepage https://www.starbucks.co.jp/

Photo Source: スターバックスコーヒー ジャパン

 

2. Calbee+ (Calbee Plus)

You may know Calbee for their potato chips–but at Calbee+ you can find a large variety of yummy snacks! Just in time for sakura season, Calbee+ offers a unique sakura potato stick snack this year for a limited time. With a light pink color, it’s almost too cute to eat!

 

Calbee+(カルビープラス) 心斎橋店  Calbee+ Shinsaibashi
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区心斎橋筋1-6-1「心斎橋161」
Shinsaibashi 161, 1-6-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 11:00~21:00
Freshly Fried Times 11:00~20:00
Nearest Station About 3 minutes from Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
SAKURA Series https://www.calbee.co.jp/calbeestore/sp/itemgoods/item20.html
Homepage https://www.calbee.co.jp/

Photo Source: カルビープラス

 

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