Kema Sakuranomiya Park

The long sakura shoreline in Osaka

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#1 in Eastern Osaka

When thinking about cherry blossoms in Japan, Osaka is rarely the first city which comes to mind. Very urban, the economic capital of Kansai suffers the traditional reputation of its neighbor Kyoto. Yet, beyond the castle, Osaka still hides some beautiful spots to admire sakura trees. The banks of Okawa River are certainly a part of it.

Looking more closely, our visit is just a few hundred yards from Osaka Castle. The walk stretches on 32.3 hectares around 4,700 sakura, on both sides of the river, particularly in Minami-Tenma park, but also facing 造幣局 the Mint Bureau, and of course with the long Kema-Sakuranomiya park. Ephemeral food stands settle all along the river at the beginning of spring.

The locals come here to walk during cherry blossom season (the first days of April) and contemplate sakura. Boats sailing on Okawa enjoy the view on each side. Passers stop on the bridges to get a new perspective on the flowers. On evenings and weekends, students and workers come with friends or colleagues for a drink under the trees.

Unquestionably, Kema Sakuranomiya is unavoidable in a trip to Kansai under the sign of cherry blossoms, and without doubt the most beautiful place in Osaka to admire its sakura.

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How to get to Kema Sakuranomiya Park

By train -- JR Loop line (north) Sakuranomiya station or JR Tozai Line (East) Osakajokitazume station

By subway -- Keihan or Tanimachi lines (south) Tenmabashi station

By taxi -- Address: 〒530-0025, 1-chome, Nakano-cho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka / In Japanese: 〒530-0025 大阪市都島区中野町1丁目 (phone: 06-6312-8121)

Opening hours

Park: open daily, no closing hours

Mint bureau: from 9am to 4:45pm (last entry at 4pm), closed on weekends and public holidays

How long / when to visit

Allow one to several hours of visit

Ideal during sakura blossom



In Japanese

毛馬桜之宮公園 (Kema Sakuranomiya kôen)


Official page on Osaka-Info (in Japanese)

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7 days = US$ 286
14 days = US$ 455