Flower viewing(Hanami) during spring season is part of Japan’s rich and colorful culture, custom and tradition. It is one of the most anticipated season by locals and foreigners alike. Parks during sakura(cherry blossoms) season are packed with people strolling or picnicking under the blooming sakura trees. In Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, parks and shrines are popular destinations for cherry blossoms viewing.
Here are my top list of places for cherry blossoms viewing in Osaka.
1. OSAKA CASTLE & IT’S NISHINOMARU GARDEN
With over 4000 cherry trees planted around the castle, the Nishinomaru Garden is one of the famous spots for Hanami goers. The garden is said to have 600 cherry trees planted on it. It was also where the residence of the 16th century Japanese ruler’s wife (Toyotomi Hideyoshi) was formerly located and the garden was first opened to the public in 1965.
|Address :||1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002|
|Nearest Train Station:||Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line: Osaka Business Park Station (5-10 mins walk)|
|JR Osaka Loop: Osakajo (5-15 mins walk)|
|Tanimachi Line: Tanimachiyonchome Station (5-15 mins walk)|
|Nagahori line/ Chou line/ Osaka Loop: Morinomiya station (10-18 mins walk)|
2. Nagai Park
When I went there not all the trees were blooming but it was a quiet view to admire. There were dozens if not hundreds of cherry blossoms trees in the area.
|Address :||1-1 Nagaikoen, Higashisumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 546-0034, Japan|
|Nearest Train Station:||JR-Hanwa Line: Nagai Station|
|Subway-Midosuji Line: Nagai Station|
3. Kema Sakuranomiya Park
One of the best place to see cherry blossoms is by the river. With around 4,700 cherry blossoms trees around the park and the beautiful flowers covers you underneath while strolling along or just hanging out with your friends or loved, it is indeed one of the lovely place to be during this season.
|Address :||〒530-0025 1-chome, Nakano-cho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka City|
|Nearest Train Station:||Sakaisuji Line: Minami-Morimachi Station|
|JR Osaka Loop: Sakuranomiya Station|
|JR Touzai-Gakkentoshi Line: Osakajokitazume Station|
|Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line: Kyōbashi Station|
4. Osaka Mint Bureau(Zōheikyoku)
The Osaka Mint Bureau is a government agency in Japan which was established during Meiji era. The agency is responsible for production of coins, medals of honor and metallic arts object, analysis, testing and certifications of metals in Japan. Osaka Mint is also open for tour on its museum, and during spring or cherry blossom seasons, they open their gates to their cherry garden for general public for cherry blossoms viewing. They usually announce their schedule for the Hanami(flower viewing on their website) around mid of March.
Below is the schedule for 2017: (source: Osaka mint website)
|Viewing Date||Apri1 11 – 17, 2017|
|Time||10:00 through 21:00 (on weekdays)|
|9:00 through 21:00 (weekend)|
|Entrance and Exit||From South Entrance Gate (Temma bashi area)|
|to North Exit Gate (Sakuranomiya bashi area)|
|One way lane|
|Admission is free|
|Address :||1-79,Temma 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0043.|
|Nearest Train Station:||Tanimachi Line : Temmabashi Station|
|JR Osaka Loop: Kyōbashi Station|
|Sakaisuji Line: Minami-Morimachi Station (around 15 mins walk)|
|Keihan Line: Temmabashi Station (around 12 mins walk)|
|JR Touzai-Gakkentoshi Line: Osakajokitazume Station (around 9 mins walk)|
|Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line: Kyōbashi Station (around 12 mins walk)|
5. Expo 70 Commemorative Park
A 260 hectares and is known as cultural park in Osaka. Expo 70 is also one of the top Hanami spots with around 5000 cherry trees planted on the park. Besides cherry blossoms you can also enjoy different types of flowers grown on its garden.
|Address :||〒565-0826 Osaka Prefecture, Suita, Senribanpakukoen, 1−1|
|Nearest Train Station:||Osaka-Monorail: Bampaku-kinen-koen Station (around 6 mins walk)|
6. Osaka Gokoku Shrine in Suminoe Ward
If you want to avoid parks during cherry blossoms season, shrines is one of your best options for Hanami. When I went there this first week of April, there’s not much people in the place(or perhaps I just went on a weekday). When I stepped at the entrance/gate of the Shrine, the beautiful sight of lovely cherry blossoms trees on their full bloom took my breath away.
|Address :||1 Chome-1-77 Minamikagaya, Suminoe-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 〒559-0015|
|Nearest Train Station:||Yotsubashi Line: Suminoekoen Station (2-3 mins walk)|
Here’s my youtbe video when I visit the shrine
“Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.”-Psalm 103:13-18