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Osaka Cherry Blossom 2024: Forecasts and Dates, Best Sakura Spots, and Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Mar 29

If you’re visiting Osaka come spring 2024, one of the best things you can do is enjoy the cherry blossom season. But when is cherry blossom season in Osaka, Japan? Which sakura spots should you include? Here’s everything you need to know about cherry blossom season in Osaka:

When can you see cherry blossoms in Osaka?

The blooming of cherry blossoms in Osaka usually occurs in the third week of March. However, the flowering and blooming of cherry blossoms vary from year to year but usually fall around this time. The Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) has officially released the cherry blossom forecast official statement, and in Osaka, cherry blossoms are expected to start flowering on March 28 and fully bloom on April 3. If you’re planning a trip to Osaka, schedule your visit for the fourth week of March.

How long is cherry blossom season in Japan?

The blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan typically lasts for about 2 weeks, particularly the Yoshino cherry trees, which are the most common species of cherry trees you will find in Japan. Other types of cherry trees can last longer, including the Yaezakura trees which have five petals. However, cherry blossoms in Osaka may start to flower as early as the first half of March. And once they reach their full bloom, they usually start to fall gradually.

Where is the best place to see sakura in Osaka?

If you are wondering where to find the best places in Osaka to view cherry blossoms, here are our top recommendations:

1. Nishinomaru Garden at Osaka Castle

Fee: 350 JYP (~2.5 USD)

Nearby station: Morinomiya or Osakajokoen station

Opening hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

2. Settsukyo Park

Fee: Free

Nearby bus stop: Hop on a city bus from JR Takatsuki station to Tsukawaki.

Opening hours: 24 hours

3. Daisen Park

Fee: Free

Nearby station: Mozu station

Opening hours: 24 hours

4. Kema Sakuranomiya Park

Fee: Free

Nearby station: Sakuranomiya station

Opening hours: 24 hours

5. Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

Fee: 260 JYP (~2 USD)

Nearest station: Banpaku Kinen Koen station (Osaka Monorail)

Opening hours: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

For more information, check out the best sakura spots in Osaka!


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