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    Sakura in Full Bloom! Don’t Miss it! 15 Hanami Spo

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    1. Osaka Castle Park [Osaka]


    Osaka’s famous tourist location, Osaka Castle, is also famous for sakura. It’s a popular hanami (flower viewing) spot and every year in hanami season, locals and visitors from afar and many other people visit there. About 3,000 sakura trees (Yoshino cherry, Yamazakura, Yaezakura etc.) are in full bloom in area around Osaka Castle and Nishinomaru garden (entry is ¥200 for high schoolers and up and ¥350 during this season).

    MIKI Yoshihito/Flickr

    There are sakura planted all over in the garden and you can look at sakura while experiencing the elegant, Japanese atmosphere. The garden is spacious so you can enjoy strolling around and searching for a spot just for you.

    Reginald Pentinio/Flickr

    During the sakura season the area lights up from 6-9 pm so you can enjoy the illuminated sakura together with Osaka Castle. While the nighttime spring wind blows, you can have your fill of the nighttime sakura, which is somewhat different from during the day. If you visit Osaka in the spring, you should definitely make the effort to go there. You’ll surely experience the charm of the sakura.

    [Best Time to View the Sakura] Annually: Late March – Late April

    “Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden Observatory Night Light (Light Up)” scheduled from March 24 to April 6, 2017 (※ light up is from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

    · Opening hours: 9: 00 AM – 9: 00 PM (※ entrance until 8:30 PM)

    ・Park entrance fee: High school and up ¥350


    [About Osaka Castle Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: 10 minute walk from Tanimachi 4 Chome Station

    Address: Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: osakacastlepark.jp/foreinger/english.html

    HP: osakacastlepark.jp/foreinger/chinese_traditional.html(繁体字)

    HP: osakacastlepark.jp/(Japanese)

    2. Osaka Mint Bureau Sakura Tunnel [Osaka]

    The Osaka Mint Bureau Sakura Tunnel is a spot that is open for about one week every year during the sakura flowering season. You can enjoy the 56m long row of sakura running alongside the former Yodogawa river grounds that you usually can’t see normally. There are about 350 blossoming sakura trees with about 130 varieties like Yoshino cherry, Shidarezakura (weeping cherry), Yaezakura (double cherry) and more. It’s a highly visited spot amongst Osaka’s hanami spots.

    It’s forbidden to eat, drink or have parties in the Sakura Tunnel but there are stalls set up around the mint bureau which has a festival atmosphere. Also, it’s a single road from the Mint Bureau South gate (Tenmabashi side) to the North gate (Sakuranomiyabashi side), so do take note.

    During the opening season, the area is lit up with paper lanterns until 9pm so you can enjoy sakura with a different look from the daytime. Also, this is the only place you can see rare varieties of sakura like Benitemari and Otemari, so you can savor a unique sakura viewing experience.

    [Opening Period] Annually: Early April


    [About Osaka Mint Bureau Sakura Tunnel]

    Opening Hours: 10:00AM~9:00PM(Weekdays)、9:00AM~9:00PM(Weekends)

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: 15 minute walk from Temmabashi Station 

    Address: 1-1-79 Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.mint.go.jp/category/eng

    HP: www.mint.go.jp/ (Japanese)

    3. Expo Commemoration Park [Suita]

    Suita-shi situated in the Northern part of Osaka city is about 30 minutes by train from the heart of the city. In that area, Expo Commemoration Park (Banpaku kinen koen) is famous area for sakura, having been chosen as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots”. There are 9 varieties of sakura like Yamazakura (mountain cherry), Yaezakura (double cherry), Yoshino cherry and more, with over 5,500 trees blossoming over a wide area so you can view them to your heart’s content.

    During the sakura festival at Expo Commemoration Park, the sakura at Shizen Bunke-en (National Culture Park) and Higashioji are illuminated from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, so you can also enjoy the park and the sakura at night.

    Expo Commemoration Park doesn’t only have sakura, there are also several traditional Japanese gardens vast grounds for you to look at, so you an have your fill of the traditional Japanese atmosphere. Also, there is a springy net trampoline, unique bicycles and various playground equipment for kids so it’s a recommended spot for the whole family.

    [Best time to see the sakura] Annually: Late March – Early April

    [Expo Commemoration Park Sakura Festiva] March 25th – April 9th


    [About Expo Commemoration Park]

    Opening Hours: 9:30AM~5:00PM (※Until 9:30PM during the sakura festival (※Entrance until 8:30PM. From 4:30PM onwards, you can only enter via the Central, East and Japanese Garden gates))

    Closed: Wednesdays, New Years (Always open during the sakura festival)

    Price/fee: Entrance: Adults – ¥250, Elementary school – ¥70

    Access: Just outside of Banpaku Kinen Koen Station or Koen-Higashiguchi Station

    Address: Senri Banpakukinenkoen, Suita-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/

    HP: www.expo70-park.jp/languages/chinese/(中文)

    HP: www.expo70-park.jp/(Japanese)

    4. Kema Sakuranomiya Park [Osaka]

    Kema Sakuranomiya Park which uses the 4.2 km area on the river bank which runs from Kemaaraizeki to Tenmabashi in the heart of Osaka city, is famous for their sakura tree promenade. During hanami season, there are about 4,800 trees in bloom, with varieties like, Yamazakura (mountain cherry), Satozakura, Yoshino cherry and more. More than just sakura, you can enjoy historical buildings, Tenmanbashi, Sakuranomiyabashi (Ginbashi) and lots of different kinds of scenery.

    You can stroll along the riverside or take your time, sit down and drink sake while looking at the sakura. Also, there are lots of different events that are held during the “Minato Osaka Kawabiraki 2017 Hachikenya Ohanami Festa” such as the Minato Osaka Kawabiraki Parade, Okawa river sakura cruise and more so be sure to check what’s happening before you go!

    [Best time to see the sakura] Annually: Late March – Early April

    “Minato Osaka Kawabiraki 2017 Hachikenya Ohanami Festa” held from March 25th – April 16th 2017

    HP:nigiwaixing.wixsite.com/ohanamifesta(Japanese only)


    [About Kema Sakuranomiya Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: Just outside of Sakuranomiya Station

    Address: Tenmabashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.osakapark.osgf.or.jp/kema_sakuranomiya/(Japanese Only)

    5. Kishiwada Castle Area [Kishiwada]


    This castle is about an hour away from the center of Osaka by train. Kishiwada is in the southern part of the prefecture, and it’s famous for the heroic Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri (in which floats are pulled through the streets by groups of men running at top speed) and Kishiwada Castle. During sakura season, about 170 Yoshino cherry trees bloom around the castle. It’s said that Kishiwada Castle was built in the 14th century by Nigita Takaie, a relative of Kusunoki Masashige, a samurai that is known as the ideal of samurai loyalty. You can enjoy both sights of the elegant castle and the beautiful sakura at the same time.

    During the Kishiwada Castle Ojo Matsuri festival, the grounds are lit up with paper lanterns (sundown to 11:00PM), so you can reflect on the artistic sight of the night sakura around the castle.

    Takeshi KOUNO/Flickr

    During the Kishiwada Castle Ojo Matsuri every April, various events are held like the Senshuu no Bussanten in which traditional crafts, local sake, and other regional products from Senshuu (the southwestern part of the prefecture of Osaka, including Kishiwada and Sakai) are exhibited and sold. This park is not very large, but it’s a great place for people that want to fully enjoy both hanami and castles.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 

    『Kishiwada Castle Ojo Matsuri』April 1-15, 2017

    『Senshuu no Bussanten』April 7-9, 2017 (in Ninomaru Square, Kishiwada Castle)


    [About Kishiwada Castle Park]

    Opening Hours: Kishiwada Castle 10:00AM~5:00PM (*The festival is until 8:30PM, last entry is at 8:00PM)

    Closed: Kishiwada Castle is closed every Monday, the park never closes 

    Price/fee: Castle entrance is 300 yen, free for children under 13

    Access: 7 minutes from Takojizo Station

    Address: 9-1 Kishiki-cho, Kishiwada-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.city.kishiwada.osaka.jp/soshiki/36/kishiwadajyo.html(Japanese only)

    6. Daisen Park [Sakai] 

    Sakai, in the southern part of the prefecture, is a city that flourished as a merchant town. It’s reachable from the center of Osaka by train within 30 minutes. Daisen Park has about 400 sakura trees of different varieties, including Yoshino, Oshima, and mountain cherry. You can enjoy a pleasant hanami walking around the Dada Pond in the center of the park.

    This park was picked as one of Japan’s top 100 historical parks. This lush park is between Daisen Kofun and Misanzai Kofun, two ancient burial mounds built between the 3rd and 7th centuries.

    Within the large 330,000 sq.m. grounds, there’s a Japanese garden (200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children), a Jido no Mori forest, a grassy field, and small burial mounds here and there so you can enjoy the sakura while interacting with nature and history.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April


    [About Daisan Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access:  5 minutes from Mozu Station

    Address: 2-204 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.city.sakai.lg.jp/kurashi/koen/shokai/shokai/daisen.html(Japanese Only)

    7. Motoibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park [Ibaraki]

    This town is accessible from the center of the city of Osaka by a 30 minute train ride, and this park was created when they built the 5km Motoibaraki River. It was chosen as one of Osaka’s top 100 greenery areas, so it’s a spot that’s loved by locals. During sakura season, around 1,500 Yoshino cherry trees bloom, and you can enjoy them by taking a leisurely walk around.


    You should definitely check out the Shimin Sakura Matsuri festival held for 10 days during peak season! Stalls are set up so you can enjoy delicious food while checking out the sakura along with other trees like camphor, flowering dogwood, and evergreen oak. The park is lit up at night. This is a great spot for people that want to casually enjoy nature.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 

    [About Motoibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: 10 minute walk from Ibaraki-shi Station

    Address: 2 Yokoe, Tanaka-cho, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.city.ibaraki.osaka.jp/shisetsu/kouen/35853.html(Japanese Only)

    8. Satsukiyama Park [Ikeda]


    Ikeda is about 20 minutes from the center of Osaka by express train. Mt. Satsuki is a mountain 315m tall in the center of the city, and Satsukiyama Park on the mountain is a popular spot famous for azaleas and autumn foliage. During the sakura season, the Yoshino and mountain cherry trees bloom beautifully.

    Inside the park is the free zoo Satsukiyama Doubutsuen, hiking courses, and an observatory where you can gaze at the city of Ikeda and the Ina River. This area is beloved by locals. Please find your favorite spot in the park on your walk.

    During the hanami season, the roads by the Kouyou Ohashi bridge are lit up between sundown and 10:30PM, so you can enjoy night sakura as well. Also, the Ikeda Satsukiyama Sakura Matsuri festival is held at the nearby Ikeda Shiroato Park, so please check that out.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 

    『Illumination』March 25 to April 9, 2017

    『Ikeda Satsukiyama Sakura Matsuri』April 8-9, 2017 


    [About Satsukiyama Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: 15 minute walk from Ikeda Station

    Address: 2-55-3 Ayaha, Ikeda, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.ikedashi-kanko.jp/recommend-spot01.html(Japanese Only)

    9. Settsukai Park [Takatsuki]

    This park is in a very accessible area just 15 minutes away from the center of Osaka by express train. Settsukai Park is a popular hanami spot with about 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees. 

    The sakura plaza in the south part of the park has about 230 sakura trees that you can enjoy leisurely. There is also playground equipment such as a roller slide and a Tarzan rope, so it’s a park the whole family can enjoy.

    The Akuta River runs through the east side of the park, and it’s a popular scenic spot. You can enjoy not just hanami but also camping or fishing here, so it’s great for people who like being active outdoors.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 


    [About Settsukai Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: 20 minute bus heading to Ue no Kuchi from Takatsuki Station, alight at the last stop, walk 10 minutes

    Address: Hara, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.city.takatsuki.osaka.jp/kurashi/kiban/koen/daihyo_koen/1328775617547.html(Japanese only)

    10. Oizeki Park [Izumisano]

    Izumisano is south of Kishiwada, and takes about 50 minutes to reach by train from the center of Osaka. Oizeki Park and Roji Canyon are verdant areas chosen in the top 100 greenery areas of Osaka. When the sakura are in full bloom, many people go to visit to see the canyon covered in blossoms.

    If you look up from beneath the trees during the day, you can enjoy a mysterious world of pink backed by the blue sky. This is a scenery you can only see in areas where the sakura are plentiful. During the Oizeki Sakura Matsuri festival, the trees are decorated with strips of paper and lanterns, so it becomes even more florid.

    It’s a popular spot for drives, and nearby are places like Hine Shrine and the pagoda that’s registered as a national treasure at Jigenin Temple, so it’s great for people that want to enjoy Japanese traditional culture as well.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April 

    『Oizeki Sakura Matsuri』 April 1-9, 2017


    [About Oizeki Park]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access:  20 minutes by bus from Izumisano Station, alight at Toujou bus stop

    Address: Kaminogo, Izumisano-shi, Osaka (Google Map)


    HP: www.kankou-izumisano.jp/iyashi/ooisekipark.html(Japanese only)

    11. Katsuoji [Mino]

    Katsuoji is a temple famous for kachi-daruma (a type of good luck charm) and as a place to pray for winning luck, so it’s visited by people all year round. Throughout the 800,000 sq. m. grounds are weeping, mountain, and Taiwan cherry trees. The peak is rather late, between late March and early May. The main temple gate and bridge are bright red and create a stunning scenery with the pink flowers.

    Not only do they have the graceful weeping cherry, they also have a rare yellow sakura. The shrine is also famous for good luck in matches, so please stop by and pick up a good luck daruma if you’re interested!

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early May 


    [About Katsuoji]

    Opening Hours: For prayer: Weekdays 8:00AM~5:00PM、 Saturdays 8:00AM~5:30PM、 Sundays and holidays 8:00AM~6:00PM 

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: 400 yen for adults, 300 yen for children)

    Access: Alight at Katsuoji bus stop (take a 30 minute express bus from Senri-Chuo Station or Mino Station (only weekends and holidays)

    Address: 2914-1 Aomatani, Minoo-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.katsuo-ji-temple.or.jp/katuouji_e/index.html

    HP: www.katsuo-ji-temple.or.jp/katuouji_c/index.html(中文)

    HP: www.katsuo-ji-temple.or.jp/(Japanese)

    12. Domyoji Tenmangu [Fujiidera]

    This area is reachable from the center of Osaka in 40 minutes, and this temple was chosen as one of Osaka’s top 100 green areas. Every Februray-March about 800 trees of 80 varieties of red and white plum blossoms bloom, making it one of Osaka’s foremost plum blossom spots. Also, during sakura season, you can enjoy about 200 Yoshino and ukon cherry trees.

    This is a temple famous for enshrining the deity of education. It’s near the station, and is a hanami spot beloved by locals since ancient times.

    【Peak season】Usualy late March to early April


    [About Domyoji Tenmangu]

    Opening Hours: 9:00AM~5:00PM

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access:  3 minutes from Domyouji Station

    Address: 1-16-40 Domyoji, Fujiidera-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.domyojitenmangu.com/(Japanese Only)

    13. Eiraku Dam [Sennan]

    Sennan is a district at the very south of the prefecture, and it’s a little far from the city so it takes about an hour and ten minutes to get there. However, Eiraku Dam is a recommended spot to visit. The 1,000 Yoshino and mountain cherry trees are a wonderful sight. The dam itself is inside the Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park, and it’s a lush area that has been chosen not just as one of Osaka’s top 100 greenery areas but also as one of the top 100 Suigen no Mori (a forest that acts as the perfect mediator between humans and water sources).

    You can see a beautiful, almost spiritual sight of the sakura being reflected in the water, as well as a part of the trees being lit up by lanterns during the peak period. Also, right next door is the Eiraku Yume no Mori Park, and you can also enjoy hanami there as well. However, since it isn’t very easy to get to, it’s recommended for people that want to enjoy nature surrounded by mountains.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April


    [About Eiraku Dam]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: 20 minutes from Naraikuchi bus stop 

    Address: Kubo, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.town.kumatori.lg.jp/town_syoukai/syoukai_kankou/shizen/1297844847754.html(Japanese Only)

    14. Hirokawadera [Minami-Kawachi]

    This district is about an hour away from the center of the city of Osaka via bus and train. Hirokawadera is the temple famous for being where Saigyo, a famous poet, died, and during hanami season you can enjoy around 1,500 trees of different varieties including mountain, Yoshino, double-flowered, and weeping cherry. There is even a flowering crab apple tree of over 350 years that is an Osaka city designated national monument that’s worth checking out.

    Within the grounds is a Saigyo Memorial Hall where you can find many documents related to Saigyo, so it’s great for people who have an interest in Japanese culture and history. It’s a little far from the city, so it’s recommended for pepole with lots of time, those who want to spend their hanami in the deep mountains, and people used to traversing Japan.

    【Peak season】Usually late March to early April


    [About Hirokawadera]

    Opening Hours: 10:00AM~5:00PM (Honbo Garden)

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: To see Honbo Garden and the Saigyo Memorial Hall: 500 yen for adults, 200 for children

    Access: Take the bus heading towards Kawachi from Tondabayashi Station to the last stop, and walk 5 minutes

    Address: 43 Hirokawa, Kanan-cho, Minamikawachi-gun, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.town.kanan.osaka.jp/kananchotte/kankogaido/terajinja/1394613320825.html(Japanese Only)

    15. Yamanakadani [Hannan]

    Hannan is situated to the south of Osaka and it takes about 1 hour to get there via train. Every year when it’s sakura season, Yamanakadani which is bustling with people, has about 1,000 sakura trees (like Yoshino cherry and Yamazakura) in full bloom along the river. From the train window, you can also see the sakura that are blooming on both sides of the approximately 1km long Yamanaka river bank, just outside of the JR Yamanakadani station.

    At nights, the area is lit up from sunset to 10pm, so you can enjoy the almost-magical sakura. Also, there are also areas nearby like “Wanpaku Oukoku” and “Jifukuji” where you can enjoy hanami. Every year, there are various events held at the “Yamanakadani Sakura Matsuri” so be sure to check! However, it takes a bit of time to access here so this is a good spot for those who have q good bit of free time.

    [Peak season] Annually: Late March – Early April

    [Illumination] March 26th – April 8th, 2017 (※ Times may change based on the condition of the sakura)

    [Yamanakadani Sakura Matsuri] April 2nd, 2017 from 10am

    Location: Around the “Wanpaku Oukoku” area


    [About Yamanakadani]

    Opening Hours: None

    Closed: Never

    Price/fee: Free

    Access: Immediately from Yamanakadani station on the JR Hanwa line

    Address: Yamanakadani, Hannan-shi, Osaka (Google Map)

    HP: www.city.hannan.lg.jp/kakuka/shimin/shoko/spot/sakura.html(Japanese Only)

    There are many hanami spots in Osaka. There are many people who go to visit during sakura season so if there are any places that you’re interested in, try to get there a little early! The food is also good but be sure you at least see the sakura in full bloom!


    Bonus: A map of Japan’s cherry blossom forecast

    Please check Japan’s cherry blossom forecast (as of March 15th) here!

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