Top 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Osaka

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Planning a spring trip to Japan to see the cherry blossoms during sakura season? We’ve got five of Osaka’s best cherry blossom spots for you to add to your Osaka itinerary.

Osaka Cherry Blossom Viewing



The symphony of spring has begun, there's something in the air, and Japan is beginning to turn pink with cherry blossoms. These trees covered in pale pink petals can be found all over Japan, and just like any other place where people gather, Osaka has a fair few cherry blossom spots that draw a crowd early each spring. From ancient temples to lively urban parks, quiet riverbanks to historic ruins… Osaka is usually known for its down-to-earth people and delicious food, but this Osaka cherry blossom tour will show you a new side of the city.

Osaka Cherry Blossom Spot ① Minamitenma Park





For most of the year, the centrally-located Minamitenma Park is known as a green urban oasis in the middle the Osaka hustle and bustle, but in the spring the palette shifts to pink instead. When late March brings the first warm spring breezes to the city, this park turns a soft pale pink as the trees are covered in lush coverings of cherry blossoms, which draws a constant stream of photographers and flower lovers.



The park has close to 5,000 cherry blossom trees of more than 130 different varieties, and the trees like up along the path to form a makeshift tunnel overhead. Walking under the floral canopy with the warm sun shining down feels a little like entering fairyland, and when a fresh breeze causes the pink petals to rain down from above, it feels too dreamy to be real.



Minamitenma Park is well-equipped with playgrounds and grassy lawns, so there's plenty of spots for visitors of all ages to relax after strolling below the trees. Bring a book to stretch out on the grass, or bring some friends for a "hanami" (花見) picnic. During the cherry blossom season vendors set up stalls to sell snacks and sweets, providing a feast for the eyes and the mouth.

Minamitenma Park (南天満公園)
4 Tenma, Kita Ward, Osaka

Osaka Cherry Blossom Spot ② Osaka Castle Park





Osaka Castle is a Japanese historical landmark with hundreds of years of history, playing a part in momentus battles and samurai politics. Despite the building being destroyed and rebuilt multiple times in recent eras, to this day it attracts sightseers throughout the year, who come to see the historic architecture and genuine stone castle walls. But during cherry blossom season, the focus shifts slightly, and visitors' photos start to look a little more… pink. Osaka castle park has thousands of cherry trees scattered throughout the expansive grounds, and the pale pink petals provide a particularly beguiling contrast with the castle's white plaster, green paint, grey stone, and golden accents.



Located at the center of the park, the Osaka Castle Tower (what most people would imagine when thinking of a "castle" in Japan) is surrounded by cherry blossoms, and visitors go crazy for the view outside. But you can of course still go in! The surprisingly modern insides of Osaka Castle now contain a museum with information on the castle's history, samurai power plays, and local intrigue – and at the top you can check out the observation deck to look out over the park and the city beyond, to see Osaka's flowers from a brand new angle.

Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園)
1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Official Website (jp)

Osaka Cherry Blossom Spot ③ Isshinji Temple





Looking for an Osaka cherry blossom spot that's a little more hidden away, and just a little off the beaten path? Our recommendation comes straight from the mouths of locals, some of whom like to call Isshinji Temple their "private cherry blossom spot." This temple garden can't quite compare to some of Japan's other cherry blossom destinations when it comes to the number of trees or the breadth of the grounds, but the contrast between the serious temple structures and the pretty pink flowers, so full of life, has its own poetry. Plus, it's not only quiet and uncrowded during cherry blossom season, but the central location is actually quite easy to get to!



Unlike so many other cherry blossom spots in Japan, Isshinji Temple maintains its contemplative tranquility even when the flowers are in full bloom, so visitors can let their minds wander and enjoy the scenery in peace. As a Buddhist temple, it's an excellent place for a little mental refresh during a busy trip to the bustling city of Osaka.

Isshinji Temple (一心寺)
2-8-69 Osaka, Tennoji Ward, Osaka
Hours: 9:00 – 16:00
Official Website (jp)

Osaka Cherry Blossom Spot ④ Expo ’70 Commemorative Park



As the name suggests, Osaka's Expo '70 Commemorative Park was originally constructed as the venue for the 1970 Japan World Exposition, but in the years since the vast space has become a favorite park for Osaka locals to escape the urban environment and enjoy something a little different. These days the park holds on to hints of its past with remnants of the World Expo, but it's also an excellent place to enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring.



The Expo '70 Commemorative Park has been ranked as one of the top 100 cherry blossom spots in Japan thanks to the sea of flowers it welcomes each spring, the petals dancing in the wind like something from a movie set. A selection of different cherry blossom varieties are planted around the park to extend the overall cherry blossom viewing season, but the most famous cherry blossoms might still be the ones planted around the Tower of the Sun – a now iconic sculpture from the artist Taro Okamoto, built for the 1970 expo. Many visitors flock to take photos with both the tower and the cherry blossoms together, to see the majesty of nature juxtaposed against the creativity of humanity.



As the cherry on top, Expo '70 Commemorative Park has plenty of spring flowers that aren't cherry blossoms, too! Plus there are Japanese gardens, wooded areas, plenty of paths for long walks, and lots of green lawn perfect for sitting down to enjoy the sun or picnicking while admiring the flowers. It's like that sea of flowers is inviting you to dive right in!

Expo '70 Commemorative Park (万博記念公園)
Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00
Official Website (en)
*Also check out the park's "Sakura Expo 2024" for extra cherry blossom fun this season!

Osaka Cherry Blossom Spot ⑤ Yodogawa Riverside Park



Image Source: Yodogawa Riverside Park



Image Source: Yodogawa Riverside Park

Japan's "hanami" cherry blossom viewing traditions go back 1,000 years, and the most traditional way to enjoy the pretty pink flowers is to set up a picnic beneath the branches of a blooming cherry blossom tree. So if you'd like to eat, drink, and be merry as you enjoy the cherry blossoms, Yodogawa Riverside Park is an ideal location. Located a little ways away from the busy center of the city, there's plenty of green space to stake out for picnic purposes, and you can watch riverboats slowly rippling the cherry blossoms reflected in the river.

Cherry blossom trees bloom along both banks of the meandering Yodogawa river, and the path on the Sewari bank is covered in fallen petals every year, creating a pink carpet underfoot. As slowly and surely as the lazy river, the spring breeze gently blows the flowers from the branches, creating what the Japanese like to call "cherry blossom snow." Walk through the magical rain of falling petals with a special someone for a date straight out of a Japanese shoujo anime.



Of course, you don't have to be on a romantic date to enjoy the magical atmosphere at Yodogawa Riverside Park. Bring family or friends to set up a picnic or fly kites, or plan your trip to the park to coincide with one of their many spring events!

Yodogawa Riverside Park (淀川河川公園)
7-6 Sotojimacho, Moriguchi, Osaka
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Official Website (jp)
*Also check out the park's Cherry Blossom Festival!

Follow This Springtime Sakura Tour Through Osaka

The warm weather of spring is like an alarm clock for the natural world: animals leave their dens, green leaves poke up from the ground, and cherry blossoms boldly bloom all across Osaka, and cities around Japan. So what better time could there be for you to get up, leave the house, and head to Osaka to see the flowers?

The best time to see cherry blossoms around Japan is generally late March to early April, but specific times vary from year to year (and city to city). For information on this year's cherry blossom season, check out our cherry blossom forecast.

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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) is an island of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The island's unique culture has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch trade, along with missionaries coming in through Nagasaki's port. Modern-day travelers love the lush natural scenery and fresh food, plus the natural hot springs found all throughout the area (thanks to volcanic activity)!

    • FUKUOKA

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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.

    • KAGOSHIMA

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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.

    • OKINAWA

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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.

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