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Taking Mom and Dad on a Trip to Osaka: How to Have Fun, Tips, Must-See Spots, and a 5-Day Itinerary

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Downtown

Nemi Lin, who has lived in Osaka for over five years, will share the best spots for a trip to Osaka with your parents. These locations are certain to satisfy your entire family. Don't miss out! Main photo courtesy of author, Nemi Lin

What to Do in Osaka & Kyoto in April 2024: Enjoy Japan's Exciting Spring Events

Arashiyama, Uzumasa Spring

April in Japan, heralded by blooming cherry blossoms and mild weather, is the ideal time for outdoor outings, especially with the unique events in Osaka and Kyoto. Osaka's vibrant festivals combine modern and traditional themes, while Kyoto offers serene cherry blossom viewing at historic sites. This season is perfect for experiencing the diverse celebrations of cherry blossoms and Easter across these cities, highlighting the beauty and cultural richness of April in Japan.

15 Recommended Places to Stay in Umeda for 2024: Hot Picks for Hotels and Apartments For Every Traveler

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Hotels

Osaka's Umeda neighborhood is a bustling area with popular shopping destinations and easy access to public transport. It serves as a hub for express buses and provides convenient travel within Osaka and nearby cities like Kyoto and Kobe. Additionally, direct trains like HARUKA and Kanku Rapid offer a seamless journey to Kansai International Airport. Umeda is a 5-star choice for accommodation in Osaka with 15 outstanding options showcased here, including new openings in 2023 and 2024. Main image: Booking.com, prtimes

Kansai Cherry Blossoms Guide: Best 8 Places To See Sakura in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara (2024)

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Spring

Experience the stunning beauty of Japan's famous cherry blossoms in Kansai's most picturesque locations. This comprehensive guide highlights the top 8 spots in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara to witness the blooming of sakura trees. Whether you're a nature lover or a photography enthusiast, these places offer breathtaking vistas that will leave you in awe of the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms. * Note that access to grounds and events may be canceled to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please check the latest information on the official website.

3 Days in Kyoto Itinerary: Spring Travel Guide for First-Time Visitors

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Spring

If this is your first time in Kyoto in the spring, then you might be overwhelmed by the number of things to do and see in the city. There are so many great places to see the cherry blossoms, and experience Kyoto culture, that you might have a hard time knowing where to start. For those of you that like a set plan for your travels, the author, who is a Kyoto resident, has compiled a perfect three-day itinerary that hits all the major sites you won’t want to miss. The plan has about 6 hours of sightseeing time per day, including meals, which gives you plenty to do, and enough time to relax at the end of the day. If you like exploring at a faster pace, check out the additional suggestions at the end of the article. Read on for a Kyoto trip full of dreamy sites, tasty food spots, and of course amazing temples and shrines.

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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