Festivals & Events
Osaka Castle Cherry Blossoms 大阪城の桜
Cherry blossom festivities erupt under the city's towering castle
The 10-day deluge of cherry blossoms sets off a wave of delight among the locals, who celebrate the temperate weather and gorgeous sights with cherry blossom viewing picnics known as hanami. Head to Osaka Castle Park during the hanami season to partake in these joyous festivities.
Enjoy a drink under the pink covering of the blossoming trees, and watch as the locals around you break into an increasingly raucous fervor.
The castle grounds hold over 4,000 cherry blossom trees
Once the location of Ishiyama Hongan-ji Temple, which was destroyed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who replaced it with Osaka Castle
The temple itself was built on the remains of an ancient palace when Osaka was once known as Naniwa
How to Get There
Access is easy by public transport.
From Osaka/Umeda Station, take the JR Osaka Loop Line to Morinomiya Station. Exit Morinomiya Station, which puts you near the entrance to Osaka Castle Park.
Planning the ultimate cherry blossom adventure
Head to the castle in early April for your best chance at catching the full bloom. Make your way to Nishinomaru Park in the western part of the grounds for wide open space and plenty of trees. You can also enjoy the castle views from here. Stay into the evening to get a different view of the blossoms when they're illuminated by many lanterns and lights.
If you've got time to spare, consider starting your cherry blossom viewing at Kema Sakuranomiya Park , and strolling through several kilometers of uninterrupted cherry blossoms before arriving at Osaka Castle Park. The entire walk takes just 40 minutes and makes for a brilliant, blossom-filled outing.