6 of the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka, 2020 6 of the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka, 2020

Osaka 2020: 7 of the best cherry blossoms viewing spots


2020.02.25

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

6 of the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka, 2020

Each year excitement builds as Japan’s cherry blossom season rolls around, beginning in March and extending through to April.

Osaka is no exception when it comes to beautiful cherry blossoming viewing spots where you can enjoy the stunning colors and fragrance of these iconic blooms. According to the latest information, the cherry blossoms will start blooming in Osaka from March 20, which is earlier than previous years.

A highlight is undoubtedly Osaka Castle, which looks magical surrounded by cherry blossoms. But there are plenty of other famous hanami spots in and around the city.

In this article, we’ll introduce some of the most impressive viewing locations in Osaka, as well as whether they permit banquets, food stalls, and alcohol.

  • 01

    1. Osaka Castle Park "大阪城公園"

    Sprawling beneath Osaka Castle, this picturesque park is planted with around 3,000 cherry blossom trees, including Somei-Yoshino varieties. The lawn area beside the Minami-sotobori is a particularly popular area for banquets, so it’s essential that you reserve a space early in the morning.

    Barbecues have also been permitted on the east side of the Higashi-sotobori in previous years but check with the official website in advance regarding this year’s regulations. Please note that leaving spaces unattended or reserving them with ropes is not allowed in Osaka Castle Park.


    Banquet: permitted
    rugsspace reservationalcohol

    Access: a seven-minute walk from Osakajokoen Station on the Osaka Loop Line
    Nearby food options: gourmet food stalls, convenience stores, plenty of eateries
    Toilets: several places around the cherry blossom viewing spot (please check with staff before using toilet facilities at establishments)

    Osaka Castle Park

    Osaka Castle Park

    Osaka Castle Park

    Osaka Castle Park

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    0667554146
  • 02

    2. Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden "大阪城西の丸庭園"

    Stretching to the west of Osaka Castle, the Nishinomaru Garden is another popular cherry blossom-viewing destination, with around 300 (mostly Somei-Yoshino) trees planted here.

    It offers impressive views of the castle and its stone-walled moat, with the admission fee for the garden helping to keep crowds down.

    A night viewing event is also held during the peak blooming period, backed by the illuminated keep of Osaka Castle. Several food stalls cluster in the park during the season, creating a festival-like atmosphere.

    Banquet: permitted
    rugsspace reservationalcohol

    Access: a 14-minute walk from Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Osaka Metro’s Chuo Line/Tanimachi Line
    Nearby food options: convenience stores, plenty of eateries
    Toilets: several places in the park, including two beyond the Nishi-sotobori

    Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

    Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

    Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

    Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

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    3. Kishiwada Castle "岸和田城"

    Dating to 1334, the Kishiwada Castle was reconstructed in 1954 after being largely destroyed by lightning at the end of the 19th century. This impressive landmark is planted with around 170 cherry trees that ignite in the spring and can be enjoyed during banquets beneath the blooms. The castle is also illuminated at night, and several food stalls are set up in the surrounds selling local gourmet specialties, such as takoyaki and grilled squid.

    Banquet: permitted
    rugsspace reservationalcohol △ (please check the official website for details)

    Access: a seven-minute walk from Kishiwada Station or Takojizo Station on the Nankai Main Line
    Nearby food options: food stalls, convenience stores, and restaurants
    Toilets: several places around the cherry blossom viewing spot (please check with staff before using toilet facilities at establishments)

    Kishiwada Castle

    Kishiwada Castle

    Kishiwada Castle

    Kishiwada Castle

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    phone
    0724313251
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    4. Expo'70 Commemorative Park "万博記念公園"

    Famed for its Tower of the Sun and seasonal floral displays, the Expo'70 Commemorative Park is planted with around 5,500 cherry trees and has been selected as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.

    Hundreds of people flock here to enjoy banquets and barbecues during the cherry blossom season, so try to arrive early to ensure you can find a place. But it’s also worth staying until after dark when the festival area is beautifully illuminated.


    Banquet: permitted
    rugsspace reservation × alcohol

    Access: a four-minute walk from the Osaka Monorail’s Bampaku-kinen-kōen Station or five minutes from Koen Higashiguchi Station
    Nearby food options: convenience stores, shops, and restaurants
    Toilets: several places in the park (5+ around the Higashi-no-hiroba (East Plaza))

    Expo'70 Commemorative Park

    Expo'70 Commemorative Park

    Expo'70 Commemorative Park

    Expo'70 Commemorative Park

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    0120197089
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    5. Utsubo Park "靭公園"

    Utsubo Park is the largest park in Osaka and home to picturesque fountains, rose gardens and a tennis center that holds regular tournaments. It’s divided into two areas - Higashi-en and Nishi-en - with the former being the main cherry blossom viewing spot.

    Banquets with rugs are allowed during the season while playground equipment makes it particularly appealing for families with children. While there is no light-up event, the surrounding streetlights remain on until 9:00 pm if you want to stay until after sunset.

    Banquet: permitted
    rugsspace reservationalcohol

    Access: a nine-minute walk from the Osaka Metro’s Hommachi Station
    Nearby food options: convenience stores and restaurants
    Toilets: several places around the cherry blossom viewing spot (please check with staff before using toilet facilities at establishments)

    Utsubo Park

    Utsubo Park

    Utsubo Park

    Utsubo Park

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    0669411144
  • 06

    6. Cherry blossoms at the Osaka Mint "造幣局の桜"

    While the Osaka Mint is known primarily for manufacturing coins, it allows people to enter its grounds in mid-April each year to admire more than 300 cherry trees as they come into bloom.

    This “passage” tradition along what was formerly known as the Yodo River began in 1883, with over 100 different kinds of cherry trees planted here that include the late-flowering Yaezakura.

    The trees are illuminated with paper lanterns after sunset to create a truly magical scene. Eating and drinking are not permitted within the grounds, and you must walk in one direction only, from the south gate on the Temmabashi side towards the Sakuranomiya Bridge.

    Banquet: not permitted (no eating or drinking is allowed)
    rugs × space reservation × alcohol

    Access: an eight-minute walk from Temmabashi Station

    Cherry blossoms at the Osaka Mint

    Cherry blossoms at the Osaka Mint

    Cherry blossoms at the Osaka Mint

    Cherry blossoms at the Osaka Mint

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    7. Kema Sakuranomiya Park "毛馬桜之宮公園"

    Sprawling along both banks of the Okawa River, Kema Sakuranomiya Park features a waterfront promenade that’s planted with almost 5,000 cherry trees. They can be admired while strolling along the river or aboard one of the boats that cruise the waterway. Food stalls line the route during the festival period, so you can grab a bite to eat as you walk. Alternatively, banquets are also permitted on the adjacent lawns if you prefer a leisurely picnic.

    Banquet: permitted
    rugsspace reservationalcohol

    Access: an 18-minute walk from Sakuranomiya Station on the Osaka Loop Line or 16 minutes from Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome
    Nearby food options: food stalls, convenience stores, and restaurants
    Toilets: several places in the park and in the Osaka Amenity Park (please check with staff before using toilet facilities at establishments)

    Kema Sakuranomiya Park

    Kema Sakuranomiya Park

    Kema Sakuranomiya Park

    Kema Sakuranomiya Park

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    0663128121
  • 08

    ― Check the blooming forecast

    On January 23, 2020, the Japan Meteorological Agency released its 2nd forecast for when the cherry blossoms will start to flower across the country.

    It’s important to remember that the forecast will change from time to time, depending on the weather conditions, so check periodically before booking your travel dates.

    Aside from website such as https://n-kishou.com/corp/news-contents/sakura/?lang=en, you can also take advantage of the Sakura Navi app to monitor the forecast and receive notifications when you are close to a cherry blossom viewing spot.

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    ・10 of the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Tokyo, 2020

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