Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Japan because of Sakura. Sakura is recognized as the seasonal tree to represent “Spring” or “April” in Japan and everyone loves to see Sakura this season. I would like to introduce 10 best places in Osaka and Kyoto to enjoy Sakura during your traveling.
#1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple – Kyoto
Around 1500 Sakura trees are planted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which is one of the world heritages in Japan and know as the sightseeing spots to represent Kyoto. The view filled with Sakura from “The Stage of Kiyomizu” is amazing.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is open till 9:00pm during Sakura season; in March and April. You must enjoy the fantastic Sakura scenery lightened up in the dark.
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Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Day time)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Night time)
Website: Kiyomizu-dera Temple
#2. Osaka Castle Park – Osaka
There are around 3000 Sakura trees in Osaka Castle Park, which is chosen as one of “100 best sakura viewing points in Japan”. Enjoying Sakura with Osaka Castle or Osaka cityscape would be a fantastic moment during your sightseeing in Osaka.
The light up of Sakura trees is from 6:00pm to 8:00am and usually lasts till the beginning of April. Entering to “Nishinomaru” garden costs, but it is worth visiting to see 300 trees of “Yoshino Cherry”.
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Osaka Castle Park
Address: 1-1 Osakajo Chuou Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: All day long (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM for Nishinomaru Garden)
Fee: Free entrance (200yen for Nishinomaru garden)
Website: Osaka Castle Park
#3. Japan Mint – Osaka
Osaka Mint is one of the best Sakura spots and Osaka people are looking forward to seeing the elegant Sakura there every year. The pathway, which lasted around 560m, lined with cherry trees in the site of the Osaka Mint is opened to the public for around a week of Sakura season.
The species of Sakura tree there is known as double cherry blossoms (Yae-sakura in Japanese) and are usually in full bloom in the middle of April. Osaka mint pathway is also chosen as one of “100 best sakura viewing points in Japan”.
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Address: 1-1-79 Temma Kita Ward, Osaka Prefecture
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM (Entry till 4:00)
Website: Japan Mint
#4. Maruyama Park
Maruyama park is the oldest park in Kyoto-shi and known as a Sakura spot among the citizens. During Sakura season the park is full of people to enjoy seeing Sakura. A weeping cherry (Shidare Cherry in Japanese) is very famous in this park. If you take a lunch with you, you can enjoy a wonderful lunch time under Sakura trees. Also at night, you can enjoy lighted up Sakura view.
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Address: 473 Maruyama-cho Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Hours: All day long
#5. Expo’70 Commemorative Park – Osaka
The number of Sakura trees in Expo’70 Commemorative Park is significantly larger than other Sakura spots at around 5000 trees from 9 different species and one of “100 best sakura viewing points in Japan”. When Sakura is in full bloom in the park, the Sakura festival is held. During the festival you can enjoy lightened up Sakura and Expo’70 tower designed by Taro Okamoto from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
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Expo’70 Commemorative Park
Address: 1-1 Senribampakukouen Suita City, Osaka Prefecture
250 yen (Adult)
70 yen (Child)
Website: Expo’70 Park
#6. Kodaiji Temple – Kyoto
The popular sakura tree in Kodaiji Temple is a weeping cherry (Shidare Cherry in Japanese). The scenery of the weeping cherry which are in full bloom on its long drooping branches are lovely. Seeing Sakura with the sophisticated rock garden in Kodaiji Temple is also very interesting.
The feature held there during Sakura season is projection mapping at the rock garden. You will see the different aspects of rock garden collaborated with a projection mapping technology.
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Address: 526 Shimogawara-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Day Yime)
Sunset – 9:30 PM (Night Time March – May)
Website: Kodaiji Temple
#7. Philosopher’s Walk – Kyoto
Philosopher’s Walk is the small pathway from Ginkakuji Temple to Nyakuouji Shrine. Philosophers walked this path and it’s named as Tetsugaku-no-michi (Philosopher’s walk). Along the pathway, which lasts for 1.5km, around 500 Sakura trees are planted. Sakura tunnel created during Sakura season is wonderful. Would you walk Tetsugaku-no-michi, seeing Sakura and feeling Japanese spring?
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Address: Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Hours: All day long
#8. Gion Shirakwa Street – Kyoto
Gion district is one of the famous place to describe “This is Kyoto”. It would be an elegant time for you to feel Kyoto historical atmosphere with Sakura. Around 40 Sakura trees are planted there, The number of Sakura trees is not so many, compare d to other places, but those Sakura trees create special effects in this historical district only during Sakura season. At night you can enjoy lighted up Sakura trees with Shirakawa river and the lights of restaurants. It is so elegant to walk a stone-paved path, hearing the stream of Shirakawa river.
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#9. Arashiyama – Kyoto
Arashiyama is very popular place for tourists as well as the center of Kyoto and known as one of the Sakura viewing spots. There are numerous Sakura trees along the river. At the upper river from the bridge “Togetsukyo” you can see a Sakura view from a boat.
The scenery to enjoy Sakura trees and Togetsu bridge at the same time is very elegant. Arashiyama is around 10km away from the center of Kyoto but it takes only 20 min by train. The nearest station is Arashiyama Station of Hankyu Arashiyama Line.
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#10. Fushimi Jukkoku-bune – Kyoto
Jukkoku-bune is a boat which was used in the past to transport things or people. On the boat you can explore Sakura scenery and the cityscape of Fushimi, which is famous for Fushimi sake. The collaboration of Sakura trees and a Sake brewery is the original scenery of Fushimi. Going slowly under the tunnel created the full bloom of Sakura is special. You must have a spectacular moment on the Jukkoku-bune.
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Boat boarding place: 701 Motozaimoku -cho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
*The behind of Gekkeikanokura Museum)
Period: April 1 ~ November 30
*Closed on Monday (Except April, March, October, November)
*They are in business only on 1, 2, 13, 14, 15 and 16 in August
AM Boat Timetable:
10:00, 10:20, 10:40
PM Boat Timetable:
1:00, 1:20, 1:40
2:00, 2:20, 2:40
3:00, 3:20, 3:40
(*1)The timetables are not in business from November 24~30.
Time: Around 55 min (Round)
1,000 yen (Adult)
Website: Fushimi Jukkoku-bune