You can enjoy cherry blossom viewing, too! 5 Restaurants with Superb Views in Osaka
If you visit Japan in the spring, you probably want to enjoy the glorious view of sakura (cherry blossoms), right? Now if you happen to be in Osaka, there are a number of cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy dining while admiring the sakura flowers. Here are five famous restaurants and cafés in Osaka where you can also experience hanami (cherry blossom viewing).
1. GROVE CAFE
GROVE CAFE is a shop that is located beside Kozu Shrine, an ancient and noble shrine. It stands on a prime spot that is right next to a shrine covered in lush greens that will make you doubt if you’re really in the city. During spring, the gorgeous sight of the cherry blossoms will almost make the glassed-in shop burst in pink. The area is also illuminated at night, so you can also enjoy the cherry blossoms in the evening. The terrace seats of this restaurant where you can feel a breath of spring in the air is also recommended. The café serves light dishes such as the Open-Face Sandwich (1,280 JPY (incl. tax), which comes with the soup of the day), and an extensive dinner menu at night.
2. The Garden Oriental Osaka
Originally an official guest house for entertaining privileged guests, The Garden Oriental Osaka was renovated and reopened as a restaurant and wedding facility in 2014. If you go to the restaurant in the garden that is surrounded by a wealth of nature, you can enjoy various lunch courses (price starts at 1,500 JPY (incl. tax)). Terrace seats are also available, so you can dine while relaxing, gazing at the seasons. How luxurious! During spring, you can also get a full view of the famous line of cherry blossom trees along the river, a popular spot for cherry blossoms that is located opposite Okawa River. So, if you ever want to enjoy the sophisticated beauty of cherry blossoms, you have to come to this place.
3. Kyusakuranomiya Kokaido
Kyusakuranomiya Kokaido is a restaurant that was opened after renovating an old modern architectural building that has been designated as an important cultural property. Situated in front of the Mint, a prominent spot for cherry blossoms in Osaka, this restaurant boasts of its perfect location that is near the rows of cherry blossom trees along Okawa River. It serves casual French cuisine (lunch courses are priced from 1,200 JPY (incl. tax)) that uses carefully selected ingredients from Osaka under the motto of “local production for local consumption.” During the cherry blossom season, it may also open the Hanami Café for a limited time, where customers will be treated to various dishes that are only available during that period.
4. River Suite Osaka
River Suite Osaka is a restaurant that is just a few minutes from Umeda, the center of Osaka, by train. Facing the Okawa River, it is covered in glass windows that will give you a panoramic view of the landscape. If you visit, you will surely enjoy not only the sight of the Okawa flowing right in front of you, but the city nightscape, too. This is a recommended spot during spring as it will let you enjoy dining while admiring the beautiful flowers, with the line of cherry blossom trees along Okawa spreading before your eyes. It serves French dishes (lunch course costs 3,000 JPY (incl. tax)) that use various ingredients in season.
5. Tenmabashi River Cafe
This wine bar that is found right next to Tenmabashi is a place where you can unpretentiously enjoy wines as wines and snacks/side dishes here come at an affordable price of just around 500 JPY each. If you opt for the seats along the river, then you will get to marvel at the rows of cherry blossom trees at Okawa River. With these trees lit up at night, this is the perfect spot for treating yourself to drinks while appreciating the cherry blossoms in the evening. Tenmabashi River Cafe is recommended especially to those who want to enjoy cherry blossom viewing with a glass of delicious wine in one hand.
These shops can get really crowded during sakura season, so make sure to book a table early.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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