It’s that time of the year again! Fully bloomed flowers, colorful sceneries and lively events. During the spring season, the Cherry Blossoms are a must to visit in Japan. However, there are so many choices that tourists are still unable to decide until the last minute.
No worries because we will help you find the perfect spot for your Cherry Blossom sightseeing dream. These are the best Cherry Blossom places to visit in the Kansai region.
Osaka Castle Park
A Cherry Blossom sightseeing park filled with Japan’s history, is the Osaka Castle Park. While it is located at the city area of Osaka, its surrounding is filled with greenery and is hidden at the center, making the local people call it the oasis of the city. Inside the castle is filled with important cultural property of the old period of Japan. During the sightseeing season, the park is filled with more than 300 Cherry Blossom trees covering the park with a beautiful pink scenery.
Moreover, Cherry Blossom illumination is also held during the evening. In addition, food stands are put out for tourists to enjoy Japanese street foods under the beautiful Cheery Blossom trees.
Period : March 24 ~ April 15
Fee: 600 yen to enter the castle
Access : 10 minutes walk from Sakuranomiya Station
Zouheikyoku (Sakura Tunnel Path)
If you ever dreamed of walking through a tunnel of Cherry Blossom trees, Zouheikyoku is the place for you. Having a width of about 560m of Cherry Blossom trees , you can enjoy a long walk through the amazing scenery. During the evening, a breathtaking illumination is also held, making it to the top 100 best Cherry Blossom sightseeing place in Japan. You can also enjoy about 130 kinds of flowers that you can only see at this place, such as Kodemari and Odemari.
Period: mid- April
Access: Parking lots are closed during the season. Using pubic transportation is recommended.
Banpaku Kinen Park
Famous for the ‘Tower of the Sun’, Bunpaku Kinen Park is also known as a famous sightseeing spot for Cherry Blossoms. The park is filled with 9 different types of Cherry Blossom trees and about 5,500 of petals bloom during the season. If you want to thoroughly enjoy the Cherry Blossoms, this is the perfect place for you.
Period: late- March ~ early-April
Fee: Adult 250 yen, Children 70 yen (elementary ~ junior HS)
Access: 10 minutes walk from Bunpaku Kinen Park
Kema Sakuranomiya Park
A riverside park that is about 4.2km long between Kema Araizeki and Temmabashi Bridge is the Kema Sakuranomiya Park. The surrounding is incorporated with buildings that represent the early Meiji period, such as the Zouheikyoku and Senpukan. The park is also filled with about 4,800 Cherry Blossoms and illuminations are also held to enjoy the view during the evening.
Period: late-March~ mid-April
Access: Temmabashi Station on the Keihan Railway and Subway Tanimachi Line
Osakajo-kitazume Station on the JR Tozai Line
Sakuranomiya Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line
The first Japanese Buddhist Temple that was built by Prince Shotoku to enshrined the Four Heavenly Kings is the Sohonzan. While a fee is needed to see the Garden of Paradise filled with over 50 trees of Cherry Blossoms, it is totally worth it if you are a huge fan of historical places.
Period: late- March ~ early- April
Listed as one of best historical gardens in Japan, Daisen Park is a place where you can enjoy both the Cherry Blossoms and the old history of Japan. The tomb of Emperor Nintoku and Emperor Ricchu is located at the center of the greenery. The park is also filled with about 400 types of Cherry Blossom trees, such as the Someiyoshino, Yamazakura and Oshimazakura and is a perfect place to visit with your family.
Period : early- April
Shounji Temple is located at the north of the Osaka plain. Thousands of years ago, the mountain itself was worshiped due to its spiritual power and was called as an incomparable holy land. When you step into the temple gates that shines in green, a weeping cherry tree with an appealing pale pink appearance will welcome the worshipers with more than 26 thousand square meters of ground. In addition, the temple is known for ‘luck’, and so many people visit to pray for good luck.
Period : early- April ~ late-April
Fee : Adult 400 yen, Children 300 yen
Access : 5-minute walk from Shukuin Station on the Hankai Tramway
With about 500 Cherry Trees forming a breathtaking tunnel-like shape, the Bentenshu Meiouji is a great place to enjoy a relaxing walk with an amazing scenery. If you prefer a quieter place to sightseeing Cherry Blossoms, this place is a must go.
During the Kenmu Shinsei Period, there was a legend that the Kishiwada Castle was established by a family member of the Kusunoki Masashige whom was Nigita Takaie. Kishiwada , also known as the ‘Town of Danjiri’ , has over 170 Cherry Trees that fully blooms during the season, making the place crowded with many tourists every year. An illumination show is also held during the evening, making it possible for tourists to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Cherry Trees and Castles altogether.
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Fee: Adults 300 yen, junior high school age and under FREE
Access : 7-minute walk from Kishiwada or Takojizo Station on the Nankai Railway Main Line
Setsukyou Park is located at the upper stream of the Akutagawa River , designated as a famous Scenic Park of the prefecture. Also known as a famous sightseeing spot for Cherry tress and Autumn Leaves, the park itself is filled with over 3,000 Someiyoshino Cherry Trees. In the south side of the park is a ‘Sakura Plaza’ with various playground equipment’s and lawn grasses for families to enjoy.
Period : late- March ~ early-April
Located at the mountain stream of Kashii River, Ooizeki Park is chosen as one of the best greenery in Osaka. Its charm comes from its structure which is mainly made from rocks and the clear streams that flows through the bottom of its valley. During the blooming season, the Cherry Trees with this scenery is a spectacular view that keeps the crowd in awe. Cultural properties, such as the Hine Shrine is also located near the site to explore.
The Yamanakakei is filled with more than 1,000 Cheery Trees with its riverbanks aligning about 1 km of the beautiful flowers of Someiyoshino and the riverside lit with paper lanterns, it is surely a wonderful spot to enjoy a brilliant view. When the surrounding darkens, illuminations are lit up for a more dream-like atmosphere. Moreover, if you walk a little bit away from the Yamanakakei, you are able to see a weeping Cherry Tree inside the Jifuku Temple for free.
Inside the park of Kurotoriyama is filled with more than 730 Cherry Trees that are crowded with many tourists during the blooming season. Moreover, due to the park being located at the top of the hill, the view is simply spectacular. During the flowering season, illuminations are held in the evening for another way to enjoy the Cherry trees.
These were the best Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Places in the Kansai Region! Here, we introduced various places for those want to enjoy the Cherry Trees with or without a historical touch, visitors with families and tourists looking for different types of options. We hope you enjoyed reading and that you found the perfect Cherry Blossom sightseeing place just for you! Have fun!!