5 Things to Do in Osaka in Spring
Osaka is an area with plenty to enjoy, from sightseeing to cuisine. Here are 5 places where you can enjoy spending a balmy, refreshing spring in Osaka.
1. Night cherry blossoms at Osaka Castle Park
Hanami is an event that you can only enjoy during the spring, and it's fun to do it at Osaka Castle Park, a standard sightseeing area in Osaka. Hanami is the act of going to see the blooming cherry blossoms and often people bring picnics and go in groups to do it. Around the 105.6ha grounds are about 3,000 cherry blossom trees, and in early April the entire park is full of beautiful light pink flowers. In the Nishinomaru Garden there are around 300 trees alone, and you can enjoy the beautiful sight of the trees with Osaka Castle as a backdrop! A particularly recommended sight is Kano Nighter, which is held depending on the condition of the flowers. You can enjoy the gorgeous sight of the cherry blossoms lit up at night.
Entrance fee (Nishinomaru Garden): Adult 200 JPY (350 JPY for adults during Kano Nighter)
2. Pass through the cherry blossoms at the Mint
The road lined with cherry blossoms by the mint is another gorgeous spot for cherry blossoms. It's about 560m long with about 350 trees of 130 varieties. Usually, they are very strict and don't allow the general public to enter the area, but every year during peak cherry blossom season (around mid-April), it's open to the public for a week. It's an event that has continued since 1883, and is a standard spring event for Osaka. After the sun goes down, paper lanterns are lit and you can enjoy night cherry blossoms in the gentle light. It's a one-way path from south to north, so when you try to enter, make sure you're heading to the southern entrance.
*The open period is decided annually in mid-March
3. Take an Osaka sightseeing cruise on the Aqua-Liner
Osaka, often called a city of water, is home to the Aqua-Liner, a water taxi that goes around the heart of the city over the Okawa River. It's a 60 minute cruise that connects 4 different ports: Osakajo Pier, Hakken Yahama Harbor, Yodoyabashi Port, and OAP Port. You can fully enjoy many beautiful spring sights from the river, including historical areas and famous spots for cherry blossoms like Sakuranomiya Park and Osaka Castle Park.
Admission fee: 1,700 JPY for adults, 850 JPY for elementary school students (both incl. tax)
*During the special spring period (March 28th - April 15th), it rises to 2,000 JPY for adults and 1,000 JPY for elementary school students (both incl. tax)
4. Spring Night ZOO at the Tennoji Zoo
Spring Night ZOO is an event held at the Tennoji Zoo, a zoo with more than 100 years of history! This event is held over just 3 days in mid-March, and you can enjoy seeing the animals at night, a rare chance. There are around 200 species over 11ha. You can enjoy seeing the animals in habitats made to be as close to their natural environment as possible, like the ecological exhibit and more.
Will be held between March 18th and March 20th, 2017
Entrance fee: 500 JPY for adults, 200 JPY for elementary and middle school students
5. Umeda Sky Building's Kuchu Teien Observatory Deck
The Kuchu Teien Observatory Deck is connects the top of the two 40-story buildings so you can gaze out upon Osaka from a height of 173m. The 40th floor is the observatory floor and you can see the city in one swoop from there. There's also the Sky Walk, a route that goes around the floor outside, and you can enjoy 360 degree panorama while feeling the comfortable spring sunlight and wind. It's open until 10:00 pm, so it's recommended to stop by at night where you can gaze upon the neon glittering lights of the skyscrapers.
Entrance fee: 1,000 JPY for adults, 700 JPY for middle/high school students, 500 JPY for elementary school students, 200 JPY for children, 800 JPY for seniors (all incl. tax)
All of these spots are within the city, so they're very easy to reach. Please fully enjoy the charms of Osaka in the spring.
*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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