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Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, who once managed to unify the whole country, and has been a location of many historic events ever since. Its surrounding is made into Osaka Castle Park with a densely vegetated area of 105.6 hectares. This park, which houses 13 important cultural heritages, is a famous sakura (cherry blossoms) spot during spring with approximately 3,000 trees of somei yoshino, yama zakura (hill cherry) and yaezakura variety. Especially Nishinomaru Garden is recommended, where you can see 300 sakura trees. Here, you can see the view of Osaka Castle together with sakura from the best position.
- Osaka-jo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
- Contact No.
- Immediate walking distance from Osakajokoen Station or Morinomiya Station on JR, or Tanimachi Yonchome Station or Morinomiya Station on Osaka Metro
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Best time to see
- Forecast for blooming: 3/17 Forecast for full bloom (peak): 3/26～
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Osaka Castle has the highest popularity as a tourist spot within Osaka. Standing tall behind the deep moat and stubborn fortress, Osaka Castle has been called the great undefeatable castle. Its current tower was completed in 1931 and its proud stature goes perfectly well with the view of sakura. Osaka Castle seen in the background with sakura in the foreground is indescribably beautiful.
This 6.5 hectare garden is located on the west side of the tower and is half covered in vegetation. During sakura season, it is by exception open during the night as "Kan'ou Nighter (sakura viewing nighter)." Visitors can enjoy the sun-lit sakura during the day and illuminated sakura at night. During kan'ou nighter period, there is a fee of 350 yen per adult.
Osaka Castle is lit up every night from sunset until 23:00; however, during sakura season, the sakura are lit up even more beautifully. The sakura and Osaka Castle shimmering in the darkness offer a fantastic view. This scene offers a different pleasure from that of the powerful view during the day.