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Sakura in Osaka 2023: Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Osaka 2023

Updated: Jan 15

If you're visiting Osaka in sakura season, you’re in for a majestic surprise. Cherry blossom viewing is one of the top things to do in Osaka.


Osaka has some of the best cherry blossoms in the Kansai region. If you are celebrating hanami in Osaka, find out where to go to witness the best of sakura in 2023.


Osaka Sakura Forecast 2023

Cherry blossoms in Osaka are predicted to start flowering on March 23, which is a couple of days later than sakura in Tokyo and one day later than sakura in Kyoto. Sakura in Osaka is expected to be in full bloom on March 30.


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Japan Cherry Blossoms Forecast 2023

March is the month that cherry blossoms start budding in most regions of Japan. However, there are some regions, the northern parts in particular, where cherry trees start to flower in April.


Cherry blossoms don’t last long. They only last for about 14 days, from the moment the flowers start budding to blooming to wilting. When creating a Japan itinerary for spring, take note of the cherry blossom dates and adjust accordingly.


Also Read: Best Cherry Blossom Festivals in Japan 2023


Here’s the official cherry blossom forecast in Japan in 2023:

  • Fukuoka - Flowering on March 23; Full bloom on April 1

  • Tokyo - Flowering on March 22; Full bloom on March 30

  • Hiroshima - Flowering on March 26; Full bloom on April 4

  • Nagoya - Flowering on March 22; Full bloom on March 30

  • Osaka - Flowering on March 28; Full bloom on April 5

  • Kyoto - Flowering on March 27; Full bloom on April 5

  • Kanazawa - Flowering on April 4; Full bloom on April 10

  • Sendai - Flowering on April 8; Full bloom on April 13

  • Sapporo - Flowering on April 2; Full bloom on April 5

  • Wakayama - Flowering on March 27; Full bloom on April 4

  • Kochi - Flowering on March 22; Full bloom on March 30

  • Kagoshima - Flowering on March 27; Full bloom on April 7

  • Aomori - Flowering on April 22; Full bloom on April 26

  • Nagano - Flowering on April 9; Full bloom on April 15

This is the official cherry blossoms forecast in Japan in 2023. This could change as we approach the spring months.


If you’re creating an itinerary out of this forecast, do note that this is not hard and fast. It’s just a forecast, so it could change however mother nature intends.


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10 Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Osaka

If you’re looking to celebrate cherry blossom festivals in Osaka, here are the best places to view sakura:


1. 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. Osaka Mint Bureau

Fee: Free


Nearby station: Temmabashi station


Opening hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm


6. 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


7. Okawa River

Fee: Free


Location: Hachikenyahama Pier


Opening hours: 24 hours


8. Meioji Temple

Fee: Free


Location: 7-41 Nishihozumi-cho, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka


Opening hours: 5:20 am - 5:20 pm


9. Satsukiyama Ryokuchi

Fee: Free


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


Opening hours: 9:15 am - 4:45 pm


10. Yamanakadani Valley

Fee: Free


Nearest station: Yamanakadani Station


Opening hours: 24 hours


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