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[2019 Edition] Spring is Here! 10 Great Osaka Parks for Hanami Picnics

When it comes to spring in Japan, only one thing comes to mind: cherry blossoms! It's a Japanese tradition to not just view the blossoms, but enjoy a picnic under the cherry trees too. This tradition is called “hanami” in Japanese. This article will introduce you to 10 parks in Osaka where you can spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy a relaxing hanami!

1. Osaka Castle Park

Osaka Castle Park is a tourist spot that houses numerous important cultural properties as designated by the Japanese government. The park has around 3,000 cherry blossom trees, and is famous for being one of the best hanami spots in the Kansai region. At Nishinomaru Garden you'll find close to 300 cherry trees, mainly of the popular Somei Yoshino variety. At night, these trees will be lit up in a special, limited time only illumination display. This is the only time of the year where you can see this unique view of the Osaka Castle. The park also has convenience stores on the grounds, so it’s really easy to get a hanami started!

Best time to visit: Late March - Mid-April
Access: A short-distance walk from JR Osakajokoen Station, and JR and Osaka Metro Morinomiya Station
Entrance fee: Free. (Note: 200 JPY for the Nishinomaru Garden, 350 JPY during the special night illumination.)

1. Osaka Castle Park

1 Osaka-jo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

2. Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

The Expo ’70 Commemorative Park is located at the former grounds of the Expo ’70 (Japan World Exposition), and is famous for its Tower of the Sun building. The park is listed as one of the 100 most famous cherry blossom sites in Japan. Here you’ll find more than 5,500 cherry trees of 9 different varieties, including Somei Yoshino, Higan, and weeping cherry trees. During the Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), you can enjoy a view of the illuminated cherry blossoms until 9:00 pm. There's a convenience store right in front of the Bampaku-kinen-koen Station!

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April
Access: A 5-minute walk from Bampaku-kinen-koen Station, on the Osaka Monorail
Entrance fee: 250 JPY

2. Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

1-1 Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

3. Daisen Park

Listed among the 100 best historical parks in Japan, the Daisen Park is located near the Tomb of Emperor Nintoku, one of the biggest burial mounds in the world. With wide lawn areas, a Japanese garden, museum, and much more, this park is great for a family outing. The park has 994 cherry trees of 51 different varieties, and the gorgeous colors to be found at the Sakura-kaido (Cherry Blossom Road) is a perfect place to relax. The Oshibafu Hiroba (Great Lawn Field) is a great spot to spread out your picnic blanket and take your time enjoying the cherry blossoms. There’s a convenience store at the station.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April
Access: A 4-minute walk from JR Mozu Station on the Hanwa Line
Entrance fee: Free (Note: 200 JPY for the Japanese garden)

3. Daisen Park

2-204 Mozusekiun-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka

4. Satsukiyama Park

Situated in the central area of Ikeda City, Satsukiyama Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, azaleas, and autumnal leaves. The park has seven hiking tracks, and the observation deck offers you a great view of the Osaka Plain. Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees adorn the path that leads from the park's entrance to the observation deck summit. From sunset to 10:00 pm you can enjoy a view of the cherry blossoms beautifully illuminated by chochin lanterns (a type of candle-lit lantern made from paper or silk attached to a bamboo frame). There are many convenience stores close to the park's entrance at Ikeda Station, so you won't have to worry about forgetting anything!

Best time to visit: Late March - Mid-April
Access: A 15-minute walk from Ikeda Station on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line
Entrance fee: Free

4. Satsukiyama Park

2-5-33 Ayaha, Ikeda-shi, Osaka

5. Kema Sakuranomiya Park

The Kema Sakuranomiya Park extends for 4.2km along the Okawa River, stretching from the Kema Floodgate all the way down to Temma Bridge. The park is a famous hanami spot thanks to its long rows of around 4,800 cherry trees, which include varieties such as Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura. The Japanese Mint, which was built along the river in the late 1800s, features a 560m long one-way path you can stroll along while you admire the cherry blossoms. It’s the perfect spot to visit with a special someone. There are convenience stores close to Sakuranomiya Station so it’s easy to buy your hanami supplies!

Best time to visit: Late-March - Mid-April
Access: A short-distance walk from JR Sakuranomiya Station and Osakajokitazume Station.
Entrance fee: Free

5. Kema Sakuranomiya Park

1-10 Nakano-cho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

6. Settsukyo Park

Settsukyo Park is located in the picturesque Settsu Gorge, an area of magnificent natural beauty. This park features plenty of seasonal attractions, including unique rock formations, cliffs, walking paths, and hiking courses. Around 3,000 cherry trees can be found on the grounds. One highlight is the Sakura Hiroba (Cherry Blossom Square), with its 230 cherry trees. Be sure to pack your picnic, because there are no places to buy hanami supplies nearby.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April
Access: From JR Takatsuki Station take Takatsuki City Bus bound to Tsukawaki, after approx. 20 minutes get off at Tsukawaki and walk for approx. 10 minutes.
Entrance fee: Free

6. Settsukyo Park

5-3-4 Tsukawaki, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka

7. Kishiwada Castle Surroundings

Kishiwada Castle is the symbol of the historical city of Kishiwada. Roughly 170 cherry trees bloom in the surrounds of the castle, and every year in early April the “Oshiro Matsuri” (Castle Festival) is held in this famous hanami spot. From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the festival you can admire the cherry blossoms illuminated by the gentle glow of paper “bonbori” lanterns, which are made from paper attached to a hexagonal frame. The combination of cherry blossoms at night and Kishiwada Castle creates a charming view that can only be experienced during this season.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April
Access: A 7-minute walk from Takojizo Station, on the Nankai Electric Railway’s Nankai Main Line
Entrance fee: Free

7. Kishiwada Castle Surroundings

9-1 Kishiki-cho, Kishiwada-shi, Osaka

8. Sayamaike Park

Sayamaike Park features the oldest remaining reservoir in Japan. The park is perfect for jogging and walking thanks to its approx. 2,850m promenade that circles the reservoir. Inside the park, you will find roughly 1,300 cherry trees, including the Koshino Higan variety, which are the earliest to bloom in Osaka in late March. In mid-April, you can admire the late-blooming Yaezakura variety with its double-layered petals. There are convenience stores close to Sayamashi Station and on the way to the park, so don’t worry about buying anything in advance!

Best time to visit: Late March - Mid-April
Access: A 10-minute walk from Osakasayamashi Station, on the Nankai Electric Railway’s Takano Line
Entrance fee: Free

8. Sayamaike Park

Oaza Iwamuro, Osakasayama-shi, Osaka

9. Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu-Asuka Museum

Rich in beautiful greenery, the historical park Chikatsu-Asuka Fudoki-No-Oka is located in the grounds of the Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu-Asuka Museum. This park offers a close-up experience of some of Japan's valuable cultural assets. It is home to the Ichisuga Kofungun, an ancient tumulus cluster, and Japan’s most well known group of kofun (ancient burial mounds), with 102 burial sites on the grounds. Once spring arrives, you can enjoy around 400 Somei Yoshino cherry trees blooming around the lawn field and tree-lined walking path.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April
Access: From Kishi Station or Tondabayashi Station on the Kintetsu Railway's Nagano Line, take the Kongo Bus bound to Hannan Neopolis, get off at the last stop and walk 8 minutes
Entrance fee: Free. (Note: The museum has entrance fees for the exhibition rooms.)

9. Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu-Asuka Museum

299 Oaza Higashiyama, Kanan-cho, Minamikawachi-gun, Osaka

10. Tsurumi Ryokuchi Expo ’90 Commemorative Park (Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park)

The Tsurumi Ryokuchi Expo ’90 Commemorative Park lies on the grounds of the 1990 International Flower and Greenery Exhibition. This 120ha park is popular year round for its wide range of facilities, including one of Japan’s biggest greenhouses, horse riding grounds, golf courses, barbecue pits, and a camping area. You can admire around 1,400 cherry trees in the park, including Somei Yoshino, Kawazu-zakura and Yoko-zakura varieties. There are many convenience stores around the park.

Best time to visit: Late March - Early April
Access: A short walk from Tsurumi-ryokuchi Station on the Osaka Metro Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line line
Entrance fee: Free (Note: Some facilities have fees.)

10. Tsurumi Ryokuchi Expo ’90 Commemorative Park (Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park)

2-163 Ryokuchi-koen, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

This was a pick of the best 10 parks in Osaka for enjoying a relaxed hanami experience. Make the most of spring in Japan under the blooming cherry blossoms!

*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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