Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, is known for its modern, stunning architecture; vibrant, buzzing nightlife; and diverse, delectable street food. While the city is largely an economic hub and even has the moniker of “nation’s kitchen,” it doesn’t slack on beautiful, natural surroundings.
Some of the best sakura spots can be found here. So, when you find yourself in the land of the rising sun, and specifically in Osaka, ensure you tick off this list.
This 16th century construction is among Japan’s most famous monuments and attracts tourists from across the world. The sprawling grounds boast of over 4000 cherry trees, making it one of the ideal sakura spots. Since it is so popular, expect large crowds during this season – do get there in time before the best spots are taken.
Osaka Mint Bureau
The premises of Osaka Mint Bureau – in particular the cherry garden – are open for one week to the public during Hanami (the act of cherry blossom viewing), when over 300 trees of more than 100 varieties can be viewed in all their glory.
Expo Commemoration Park
This massive public park is dotted with a total of 4,70,000 trees (over 5000 of the cherry variety) spread over acres and acres of land. One of its highlights is the Tower of the Sun, which was built during the erstwhile Expo ’70 days. It is one of the most visited and popular sakura spots in Osaka, owing to its size and the fantastic view from all directions.
The cherry blossom forecast for Osaka in 2018 predicts the first flowers to appear on March 25th, and a full bloom is expected by April 2nd.
To make the most of you stay in Osaka, check into one of these HomeAways to make sure you’re always close to where the blooming begins!
Spacious house in Osaka
This spacious 3-storied HomeAway just 5 minutes from Namba station is perfect or large groups.. The house is tastefully furnished and comfortable with plenty of low seating.
Beautiful Villa in Osaka
Tradition meets modern design at this beautiful HomeAway close to Shoji station. They have a Japanese style room with authentic tatami floors. The other spaces are done up in tan décor, all recently decorated with trendy wall panels and furniture.
Luxury apartment in Hirano
Stay in one of the oldest streets in Osaka. This 5-bedroom apartment is spacious and fully furnished. The host offers complimentary breakfast (accommodating specific dietary requirements, including halal meals). Its location is ideal, as everything from convenience stores to museums, parks, and flea markets are just a short walk away.