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【Osaka】In this special feature we bring you our selection of top cherry blossom viewing spots and experiences for 2022

【Osaka】In this special feature we bring you our selection of top cherry blossom viewing spots and experiences for 2022

2022-03-04 Management office

Even though the days are still slightly chilly, spring is officially here. Soon enough the cherry blossom viewing season will be upon us, so there is no better time to decide where to go than now. Truth be told, there is no shortage of excellent blossom viewing spots in Osaka. This special feature will introduce you to our selection of the best spots for the season, as well as unique experiences available in their vicinity, so you can enjoy this season in a unique fashion.

Osaka Castle Park

Approx. 3000 cherry trees

The Nishinomaru Garden is a very famous cherry blossom viewing spot. Located west of the castle tower, this 6.5-hectare garden is home to approximately 300 cherry trees, mostly of the Somei Yoshino variety.
At night, visitors can enjoy the view of illuminated cherry blossoms as well.
(*Might be subject to change to prevent the spread of Covid-19.)

Cherry blossom viewing on board a golden boat

Osaka Castle Gozabune is a cozy cruise boat that takes its passengers around the moats of Osaka Castle in approximately 20 minutes. Offering a great view of both the castle and the cherry blossoms, this experience is highly recommended!

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Address: Osaka Castle, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Access: 10 min. walk from Osaka Metro, Tanimachi 4-chome Station
Best time to visit: Late March to mid-April
Cultivar: Somei Yoshino
Number of trees: Approx. 3000

A “bird’s view” of the cherry blossoms

The "Helicopter Cruise" offered by Ogawa Airlines Co. offers a dynamic experience that feels almost like a scene from a movie. The "Day Cruise (Charter)" is recommended during the cherry blossom season in spring as it offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view from the sky for a limited number of people. If you are looking for something really special, it does not get more special than this.

  • Helicopter Tours: Explore the City from Your Seat in the Sky

    Osaka City Bay Area(USJ, Kaiyukan)

    Recommended for couplesSmall GroupTraveling with the GirlsTo Make MemoriesFor a Special DateCharterEventOutdoor ActivitiesOut of the OrdinaryAvoid the 3 CsVIP ExperienceNature

Osaka Mint

The origins of the "Cherry Blossom Passage" at the Osaka Mint, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, date back to 1881. The 560-meter passageway is filled with approximately 340 cherry trees of about 140 varieties, and attracts many visitors every year. From sunset to 9:00 p.m., the pathway is illuminated, allowing visitors to enjoy the cherry blossoms at night. The cherry blossom passageway is the most popular cherry blossom viewing spot in Osaka Prefecture and the sixth most popular in Japan.

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Address: 1-1-79 Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Access: 15 min. walk from OsakaMetro or Keihan "Tenmabashi" station.
Best time to visit: Mid-April
Cultivar: Approximately 140 species including yaezakura
Number of trees: approx. 340

Promenade beset by rows of pink cherry blossoms

Located on the left bank of the Osaka Mint, "Kema Sakuranomiya Park" is home to approximately 4,800 beautiful pink cherry trees along a 4.2 km stretch of the Okawa River from Kemaaraizeki to Tenmabashi Bridge. Since visitors are free to stroll around, the park is crowded not only during the bright daytime hours but also late into the night with cherry blossom-viewing visitors enjoying the blossoms at night.

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Address: Miyakojima Kema-cho to Amishima-cho, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Access: A short walk from Sakuranomiya Station on JR Osaka Loop Line, Osaka-jo Kitazume Station on JR Tozai Line, and Tenmabashi Station
Best viewing time: Late March to early April
Cultivar: Somei Yoshino, yamazakura and other
Number of trees: approx. 4,800

Enjoy cherry blossoms in private with a chartered VIP cruise

For those who want to enjoy the blossom viewing with a bit of privacy and luxury, we recommend the "Nakanoshima Charter VIP Cruise”. Available for groups of up to 12 people, the boat is equipped with all sofa seats so you can comfortably enjoy the night view. Champagne and light meals are included.

The boat will pass by the Osaka Central Public Hall, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, so you can fully enjoy the illuminated nighttime cherry blossoms from the boat. This tour is highly recommended for those who want to enjoy the luxurious nighttime cherry blossoms and night view in a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere.



  • Private VIP Cruise of Nakanoshima

    Osaka City Kita Area(Umeda, Fukushima, Temma)

    Recommended for couplesRecommended for groupsSmall GroupTo Make MemoriesFor a Special DateCharterOn the RiverOut of the OrdinaryAvoid the 3 CsVIP Experience

Katsuoji Temple



Katsuo-ji Temple, famous for its winning Bodhidharma dolls, has a 1,300-year long history. It is renowned as the temple that blesses worshippers with victory in all aspects of life, including exams, sports, business, elections, artistic endeavors, or even healing and recuperation. In April, the temple blooms with many kinds of cherry blossoms, including weeping cherry trees, yaezakura (Prunus glandulosa), yamazakura (Prunus mume), but also quite rare varieties such as yellow cherry blossoms. Since cherry blossoms at the temple bloom later than the more common varieties in most places, you can enjoy cherry blossom viewing even after the pear of the season has already passed elsewhere.

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Address: 2914-1, Awaimatani, Mino-shi, Osaka, Japan
Access: 30 min. drive from Shin-Osaka
Best time to visit: Early April to late April
Type: weeping cherry, yaezakura, satozakura, yamazakura

Hiking and cherry blossoms

The hiking course leading to "Minoh Falls," is famous for its beautiful autumn foliage, however the trail is just as breathtaking in spring when the mountain cherry trees are in full bloom, creating a very beautiful scene with the lush green mountains. If you seek to refresh both your body and mind, this mild hiking course is our top recommendation. There are also many interesting and charming shrines and temples along the trail, offering a chance to visit many hidden spots without the hassle of the crowds.

Nothing beats a relaxing foot spa after a bit of hiking.

  • Osaka Maple Road Hike & Foot Spa

    Outside of City North(Minoh, Suita, Itami Airport)

    Recommended for couplesRecommended for groupsSmall GroupTraveling with the GirlsTrip with the GuysTo Make MemoriesIn the MountainsOutdoor ActivitiesRelaxingNature

Suminoe Park



Located in the middle of Osaka, Suminoe Park is lush with seasonal greenery and flowers, and comes equipped with various sports and leisure facilities such as a baseball field, tennis courts, and a swimming pool.



The cherry blossoms blooming along with the red plum blossoms in early February create a unique and beautiful scenery. Somei Yoshino cherry trees along the northern riverbank of the Sumiyoshi River bloom until early April and can be enjoyed for a long period of time.

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Address: 1-1-117 Minamikagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Access: a short walk from Osaka Metro Suminoe Koen Stn.
Best viewing time: Early February to early April
Cultivar: Somei Yoshino, Kanhizakura
Number of trees: -

Amami Onsen Nanten-en

Located in the Minamikawachi area of Osaka, Amami Onsen Nanten-en is a hot spring ryokan in a natural setting surrounded by green mountains on all sides. The 10,000 square meters-wide Japanese garden offers you an opportunity to enjoy the scenery in every season.



Because of its location away from the center of the city, this experience is recommended for those who wish to avoid the crowds and enjoy the cherry blossoms in a more relaxing setting. In spring, the garden becomes a spectacular cherry blossom spot. The red bridge in the garden is the perfect spot for a commemorative picture of you in your yukata amid the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Experience traditional Japanese culture in an authentic ryokan

At this ryokan with a history of over 100 years you can experience not only traditional cuisine and accommodation, you can also try your hand at various traditional arts like the ikebana flower arrangement, matcha green tea or even calligraphy.

  • Experience Authentic Japanese Culture in a Traditional Style Inn!

    Outside of City South(Sakai, Kishiwada, Kansai Airport)

    Recommended for familiesRecommended for couplesRecommended for groupsSmall GroupTraveling with the GirlsFor a Special DateFood Indoor ActivitiesRelaxing

Summary

In this article, we have introduced you to some of Osaka's best cherry blossom viewing spots and special experiences, so you can enjoy the cherry blossom season this year in a unique way, perhaps away from the crowds. We hope this simple guide will be of use to you when you start making plans for your visit to Osaka!

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