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

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

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 26, 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 April 3.

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.

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

  • Fukuoka - Flowering on March 21; Full bloom on April 1

  • Tokyo - Flowering on March 18; Full bloom on March 27

  • Hiroshima - Flowering on March 24; Full bloom on April 3

  • Nagoya - Flowering on March 22; Full bloom on April 1

  • Osaka - Flowering on March 26; Full bloom on April 3

  • Kyoto - Flowering on March 24; Full bloom on April 2

  • Kanazawa - Flowering on April 1; Full bloom on April 7

  • Sendai - Flowering on April 4; Full bloom on April 9

  • Sapporo - Flowering on April 29; Full bloom on May 2

  • Wakayama - Flowering on March 25; Full bloom on April 2

  • Kochi - Flowering on March 20; Full bloom on March 28

  • Kagoshima - Flowering on March 30; Full bloom on April 9

  • Aomori - Flowering on April 18; Full bloom on April 22

  • Nagano - Flowering on April 6; Full bloom on April 11

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.

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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