More than its famous food spots and historical attractions, Osaka is also known as a top destination for the springtime season. From castle parks to temples, you’ll surely fall in love in this city once cherry blossoms create the perfect canvas of ethereal spring beauty. Read on to know more on where to see Sakura in Osaka this 2024!
When is the best time to visit Osaka for cherry blossoms in 2024?
As of today’s Japan forecast, cherry blossom season in Osaka is expected to start on March 22. However, this is just an estimate– always check on Japan news updates to see the updated bloom time.
Where is the best place to see cherry blossoms in Osaka?
Whether you like quiet sakura sites away from the busy towns or if you prefer joyous places that hold sakura festivals, there’s a place in Osaka for you!
First on the list is Osaka Castle Park. It’s a tourist favorite for so many reasons: it houses the symbolic landmark Osaka Castle, it’s nestled in the heart of the city and easily accessible, it’s the perfect picnic spot due to its vast park spaces, and it’s open at night for yozakura, or sakura nighttime viewing.
Location: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to get here: Take the JR loop line and get off at Osakajokoen Station. Cross Tamatsukuri-suji Road and enter the grounds through the gate.
Kema Sakuranomiya Park
4,500 cherry trees are expected to bloom during spring in this enchanting riverside park called Kema Sakuranomiya Park. It’s found along the shores of Okawa River, where you can admire cherry trees and boats passing through the river, or try yummy snacks at the row of street food stalls around the sprawling park. Locals also love biking in the park for a good afternoon exercise with the pretty sakura trees in the background.
Location: Nakanocho, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka, 534-0027, Japan
Operating Hours: open 24 hours
How to get here: Take the JR Osaka Loop Line from Shin-Osaka Station and get off at Sakuranomiya Station. Head to the Ogawa River and see the park from there.
The Mint Bureau
Did you know that The Mint in Osaka doubles as a popular cherry blossom spot too? Aside from being a government agency, The Mint is home to more than 300 cherry trees of 100 varieties making it a popular destination during spring. It opens to the public just in time for the blooming season, so locals and tourists can explore their well-kept cherry tree garden and even the museum.
Location: 1-chōme-1-79 Tenma, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0043, Japan
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
How to get here: Take the train on Tanimachi Subway Line and Keihan Main Line, and get off at Temmabashi Station. From there, it’s only a 10-minute walk.
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
This family-friendly park offers a lot of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Aside from the charming sakura trees that surround the sprawling park, you’ll love exploring many different plants and flowers in their tulip garden, meeting friendly animals, enjoying a cup of tea in its tea house, and taking photos by the windmill for the perfect spring afternoon in Osaka.
Location: 2-163 Ryokuchikoen, Tsurumi Ward, Osaka, 538-0036, Japan
Fee: Free admission
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How to get here: Take the Nagahori-Tsurumiryokuchi line on the Osaka Metro. Get off at Tsurumi-ryokuchi station and exit right directly into the park.
In the Senshu area lies a castle that becomes all the more charming in the spring. Kishiwada Castle, built in 1334, is a three-story castle tower that houses some historical artifacts and a watchtower that tells the story of the Momoyama Period. More people come to visit during the sakura season in Osaka as they have their own Kishiwada Castle Festival that offers various events, food stalls, and night illuminations for tourists to enjoy.
Location: 9-1 Kishiki-cho, Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Japan
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to get here: On the Nankai main line, take the train and get off at Kishiwada Station. From there, it’s a 7-minute walk to Kishiwada Castle.
If you like exciting adventures, head to Hirakata Park for your dose of adrenaline. In this park, you can enjoy playing and riding various attractions all while cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The amusement park turns into a magnificent sakura paradise which makes your stay more fun. Tip: ride the ferris wheel to get a bird’s eye view of the whole park and enjoy the views from up above!
Location: 1-1 Hirakatakōenchō, Hirakata, Osaka 573-0054, Japan
Fees: JPY 1000 to JPY 1,800
Operating Hours: schedule varies; usually starts at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the latest
How to get here: On the Keihan Railway, take the train and get off at Hirakata Ko-en station. From there it’s only a 3-minute walk.
What to do during cherry blossom season in Osaka?
From day to night, you can do many exciting activities to make your Osaka trip this spring more memorable!
- Join cherry blossom tours! Some tour operators offer Kansai cherry blossom tour packages which already cover Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto– which gives you three sakura destinations for the price of one.
- Attend cherry blossom festivals! There are events, performances, food festivals, and more during spring in Osaka.
- Rent a kimono and take lots of photos at the castle grounds with cherry blossoms as your backdrop!
- Bike around if you’re not fond of strolling. You get your exercise for the day and admire the flowers as you pedal through cherry blossom canopies.
How to plan a trip to Osaka to see cherry blossoms?
The much-awaited cherry blossom season in Osaka brings in many people from different countries, so prepare ahead to have a fun trip without the hassle.
- Check the Japan forecast regularly. Find out the exact bloom time of the sakura in the destination you’re eyeing to visit.
- Pack your picnic essentials! Before leaving for the park, make sure you have your things ready because it can get more expensive to buy or rent items at your destination.
- Book your travel essentials in advance! Your tour activities, pocket WiFi or SIM card, and travel pass can do wonders to your trip planning. Book on KKday now!
- Wake up early to get the most beautiful shots of cherry blossoms in bloom. Avoid the crowds and get that postcard-perfect photo in the early morning!
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