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2021 Osaka Cherry Blossom Festivals and Events

2021 Osaka Cherry Blossom Festivals and Events

Date published: 17 March 2021

Osaka is a popular tourist destination that's alive with cherry blossom festivals in spring.

Many people have the impression that it is a bustling famous tourist destination with areas such as Dōtonbori and Universal Studio Japan, but it actually has many little-known spots where lovely cherry blossoms blossom as well! And every year, numerous cherry blossom festivals and events are held throughout the prefecture.

Other than the cherry blossom festival held at the Expo '70 Commemorative Park, a large park that Osaka boasts, which will be held with proper measures taken against COVID-19, we will also introduce information regarding famous cherry blossom festivals and so on that have unfortunately been canceled in 2021.

There are areas where visitors can admire the cherry blossoms even if the cherry blossom festival has been canceled, so please use this article as a reference.

*The outlines and details of the events that have been canceled in 2021 shown in this article introduce content from previous years.
*Depending on the situation, the event dates, times, and contents are subject to change. Please check the relevant official homepages for details, avoid crowds, and take proper measures against COVID-19 when going out.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Expo '70 Commemorative Park Cherry Blossom Festival
  2. 2. Japan Mint Sakura-no-tōrinuke (Advance registration required)
  3. 3. Hachiken'ya Ohanami Festa
  4. 4. Kishiwada Castle Festival
  5. 5. Settsukyo Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
  6. 6. Ikeda Satsukiyama Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
  7. 7. Hanakaido Yamanakadani Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
  8. 8. Sayama Pond Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
  9. 9. Eiraku Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)

1. Expo '70 Commemorative Park Cherry Blossom Festival

1. Expo '70 Commemorative Park Cherry Blossom Festival
A relaxing stroll around the spacious park while admiring the beautiful and lovely cherry blossoms

Expo '70 Commemorative Park is famous for the Tower of the Sun which was created by the artist Tarō Okamoto. It is also renowned for its cherry blossoms.

From late March to early April, approximately 5,500 cherry trees of nine different varieties come into bloom. The beauty of this sight is such that it was selected as one of the "Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan".

The cherry blossom festival is held when the flowers are in full bloom. Usually, the cherry blossoms are lit up as well, but this has been canceled in 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, there are days on which the closing time will be delayed to 6:00 p.m., so visitors can leisurely enjoy looking at the cherry blossoms.

*Subject to change or cancellation depending on the spread of COVID-19

The collaboration between the Tower of the Sun and cherry blossoms is a sight unique to Expo '70 Commemorative Park

Location & Access
・Natural and Cultural Gardens, Higashioji Street, Sakura-no-Nagare
・About 5 minutes from Osaka Monorail Bampakukinenkoen Station by foot

Event date and time
March 20th (Sat) to April 11th (Sun), 2021
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.) from March 26th (Fri) to 28th (Sun), 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last entry 5:30 p.m.) from April 2nd (Fri) to 4th (Sun). *Specially open on March 31st (Wed). Closed on March 24th (Wed), open for the whole of April

Event information
・Cherry blossom light-up (no light-up in 2021), All Japan Ceramics Fair, etc.
・Entry fee to enter both the Natural and Cultural Gardens and Japanese Garden: 260 yen for adults, 80 yen for elementary and middle school students

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 Countermeasures
- Wearing of masks and disinfection of hands and fingers with alcohol
- Cooperation in registering on the "Osaka COVID-19 Tracking System" and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan's "COCOA" (COVID-19 contact verification app)
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette

2. Japan Mint Sakura-no-tōrinuke (Advance registration required)

2. Japan Mint Sakura-no-tōrinuke (Advance registration required)
Take a stroll along the approximately 560-meter tree-lined street colored with pink and white flowers

The Japan Mint, an Independent Administrative Institution of the Japanese government, was established in 1969 and manufactures coins and medals, amongst other items.

Cherry blossoms bloom all along the street that is an approximate length of 560 meters in the agency and every year, for only seven days from early to mid-April, it is open to the general public. Known as "Sakura-no-tōrinuke", this street is a symbol of spring in Osaka.

About 340 cherry trees form a tunnel, but what is surprising is the number of varieties present which amount to approximately 140. There are rare varieties such as the Gyoikou, which has green flowers, so try looking out for them.

In previous years, anyone was able to view them during this period, but for 2021, reservations are required. *Reservations are no longer accepted

Location & Access
・Japan Mint 
・About 10 minutes from Keihan and Osaka Metro Tenmabashi Station by foot
Event date and time
・7 days from early to mid-April
・10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends

Event information
・Cherry blossom light-up, etc. (no light-up in 2021)
Free to view 

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Mid-April

Covid-19 Countermeasures
- Prevention of congestion as advance reservations are required (*reservations are no longer accepted) *A maximum of 1,200 people are allowed entry in an hour. Up to 8,400 people are allowed entry per day on weekdays and up to 9,600 people are allowed entry per day on weekends
- Wearing of masks and disinfection of hands and fingers with alcohol
- Cooperation in registering on the "Osaka COVID-19 Tracking System" and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan's "COCOA" (COVID-19 contact verification app)
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette

3. Hachiken'ya Ohanami Festa

3. Hachiken'ya Ohanami Festa
Enjoy spring at a flower-viewing spot that represents the Aqua Metropolis Osaka!

Osaka's growth was supported by water transportation so greatly that it was known as the "City of Water" around 1870.

In the heart of Osaka, there is a water circuit surrounding the city center, which is a rare phenomenon even in other countries, and this circuit is also known as the "Aqua Metropolis Osaka". "Hachikenya Ohanami Festa", a festival to celebrate the arrival of spring and enjoy spring, is held at Hachikenya-hama Pier in the city of Osaka, where there are cherry blossoms, cruises, and a waterfront.

Beginning with the "Aqua Metropolis Osaka Kawabiraki Ceremony" to mark the start of the boating season, where a great variety of boats gather, on March 27th (Sat), 2021, during this period, various events are held, such as the "Okawa Sakura Cruise", "Spring Tea Party on the Water Surface While Stand-Up Paddle Boarding", and the "Riverside Café". Enjoy a meal and waterfront activities while gazing at the cherry blossoms lining the river.

・Hachikenya-hama Pier/the vicinity of "River Station Hachikenya"
・1 minute from Keihan and Osaka Metro Temmabashi Station

Event date and time
March 27th (Sat) to April 11th (Sun), 2021 *Some programs are held only on weekends
・Event times vary according to each event

Event information
・Aqua Metropolis Osaka Kawabiraki Ceremony, Okawa Sakura Cruise, Spring Tea Party on the Water Surface While Stand-Up Paddle Boarding、Riverside Yoga in Hachikenya, Riverside Café, Hachikenya Irodori Street produced by float, and so on
・No light-up
・Free to view 

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 Countermeasures
- Wearing of masks and disinfection of hands and fingers with alcohol
- Cooperation in registering on the "Osaka COVID-19 Tracking System" and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan's "COCOA" (COVID-19 contact verification app)
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette

  • River Station Hachiken'ya
    川の駅はちけんや
    • Address 1-2 Kitahamahigashi, Osaka Chuo-ku, Osaka-fu, 540-0031
    • Telephone number: None (inquiries can be emailed to info@8ken-ya.osaka)

4. Kishiwada Castle Festival

4. Kishiwada Castle Festival
Enjoy the elegant view of the majestic three-tiered and three-story castle tower adorned with cherry blossoms

The shape of Kishiwada Castle, which links the inner and outer citadels, resembles a "chikiri", a tool that winds the warp of a loom.

Thus, it is also known as Chikiri Castle. At the castle, with its popular "Kishiwada Castle Garden (Hachijin-no-niwa)" that was created by the landscape gardener Mirei Shigemori in 1953, and has been designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty, the approximately 170 cherry trees in its vicinity turning pink during late March to early April.

From April 1st (Thu) to 11th (Sun), 2021, the "Kishiwada Castle Festival" is also held, and with the illumination of the castle, the "Hachijin-no-niwa" illumination at Kishiwada Castle Garden, visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of cherry blossoms at night. You can also enjoy various events at the facilities near Kishiwada Castle.

Location & Access
・In Kishiwada Castle and the facilities near Kishiwada Castle
・13 minutes from Nankai Kishiwada Station by foot

Event date and time
・April 1st (Thu) to 11th (Sun), 2021
・From April 1st (Thu) to 4th (Sun), Kishiwada Castle will be open at night until 8:30 p.m. (the castle tower will be open until 8:00 p.m.). During the period in which the castle is open at night, Kishiwada Castle Garden (Hachijin-no-niwa) will be illuminated. Please check the official homepage for more information

Event information
・Kishiwada Castle light-up, Kishiwada Castle Garden "Hachijin-no-niwa" LED light-up, etc.
・Kishiwada Castle entry fee (castle tower) 300 yen for adults, free for middle school students and below

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 Countermeasures
- Wearing of masks and disinfection of hands and fingers with alcohol
- Cooperation in registering on the "Osaka COVID-19 Tracking System" and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan's "COCOA" (COVID-19 contact verification app)
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette

  • Kishiwada Castle
    岸和田城
    • Address 9-1 Kishikicho, Kishiwada, Osaka 596-0073
    • Phone Number 072-431-3251

5. Settsukyo Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)

5. Settsukyo Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
Spend a relaxing time being soothed by the cherry blossoms in full bloom on these majestic grounds

Settsukyo Park is located in Settsukyo and is perfect for hiking as well as having fun throughout all four seasons, with cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies and river activities in summer, and autumn leaf colors in autumn.

There is an open space where children can play, a hiking course that leads to the peak, nature paths that allow one to see precipices and strangely shaped rocks full of rustic beauty as well as waterfalls, and so on. It is loved as a nature park that anyone can easily drop by.

Approximately 3,000 Yoshino cherry and other trees have been planted all over the park, and from late March to early April, the 230 cherry trees in the Cherry Blossom Square reach their peak, and every year, the "Cherry Blossom Festival" is held.

In previous years, mainly on weekends, after sunset, paper lanterns were lit and other than being able to enjoy the cherry blossoms at night in the middle of this faint light, in early April, stage events are also held, but for 2021, unfortunately, it has been decided that this event will be canceled.

Event venue and access
・Settsukyo Park's Cherry Blossom Square and various other areas
・About 15 minutes by city bus from JR Takatsuki Station's north exit (Settsukyo Akutagawa Karyu)

Event dates and times
・Late March to early April
・Free to enter

Event information
Stage events, etc.
Free to view 
*2021 events and light-ups have been canceled

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 countermeasures
- Wearing of masks
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette
- Social distancing
- Proper hand-washing and gargling before and after playing with playground equipment

  • Settsukyo Park
    摂津峡公園
    • Address Ooazaharachinaihoka, Takatsuki, Osaka-fu, 569-1051
    • Phone Number 072-674-7516

6. Ikeda Satsukiyama Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)

6. Ikeda Satsukiyama Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
Satsukiyama Park, one of the places in Osaka Prefecture famous for its cherry blossoms

With Satsukiyama, a hill with an elevation of approximately 315 meters, as its center, Satsukiyama Park offers a view of the city of Ikeda and Inagawa from its observation deck.

It is also famous for its cherry blossoms, azaleas, and autumn leaves, and from the entrance of the park to the Hinomaru Observation Deck at the peak of the hill, Yoshino cherry trees and mountain cherry trees bloom everywhere. On the driveway, you can also enjoy the cherry blossoms from your car window.

Usually, the "Ikeda Satsukiyama Cherry Blossom Festival" is held from late March to early April. During this time, the cherry blossoms are lit up by the gentle light of paper lanterns on Satsukiyama and at the "Ikeda Shiroato Park", and the "Public Open-Air Tea Ceremony", a tea ceremony in which visitors can make tea and have fun outdoors, is held along with other events. However, this has been canceled in 2021.

Location & Access
・The entire Satsukiyama Park area, etc.
・About 10 minutes from Keihan Ikeda Station by foot (Satsukiyama Park)

Event dates and times
・Late March to early April
・Free to enter

Event information
・Public Open-Air Tea Ceremony, Japanese Music Concert, etc. 
*Events and light-up canceled in 2021
Free to view

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 countermeasures
- Wearing of masks
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette
- Social distancing
- Proper hand-washing and gargling before and after playing with playground equipment

  • Satsukiyama Park
    五月山公園
    • Address 2-5-33 Ayaha, Ikeda, Osaka-fu, 563-0051
    • Telephone number: 072-751-3070 (Ikeda Park Management Center)

7. Hanakaido Yamanakadani Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)

7. Hanakaido Yamanakadani Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
The beautiful cherry trees of Yamanakadani that extend over the river

Every year, from late March to early April, the 1,000 or so Yoshino cherry trees planted on both sides of the Yamanaka River in Hannan, Osaka, come into full bloom, and they are lit up at night to create a magical atmosphere.

At the "Hanakaido Yamanakadani Cherry Blossom Festival", held during their peak, various events such as performances using the Hannan drum, the "rakko", and yosakoi dancing while holding an instrument called a naruko, are held in the vicinity of JR Yamanakadani Station and "Wampaku Kingdom", a municipal park in front of the station, but both the cherry blossom and the light-up have been canceled in 2021.

However, besides Wampaku Kingdom, visitors can view the cherry blossoms at "Jifuku-ji Temple", which has beautiful 50-year-old weeping cherries, and so on, so please visit them.

"Hanakaido Yamanakadani Cherry Blossom Festival", when Wampaku Kingdom is exciting the whole day

Location & Access
・Around JR Yamanakadani Station, Wampaku Kingdom, etc.
・Near JR Yamanakadani Station

Event dates and times
・Late March to early April
・Free to view

Event information
・Drum performances, yosakoi dancing, etc.
*The event and light-up has been canceled in 2021
・Free to view 

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 countermeasures
- Wearing of masks
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette
- Social distancing
- Proper hand-washing and gargling before and after playing with play equipment

  • Wampaku Kingdom
    わんぱく王国
    • Address 119-8, Yamanakadani, Hannan, Osaka-fu, 599-0214
    • Phone Number 072-471-5678

8. Sayama Pond Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)

8. Sayama Pond Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
Cherry trees that adorn the promenade. When lit up, they create a romantic atmosphere

Sayama Pond Park, established in the vicinity of Sayama Pond, the oldest dam-style reservoir in Japan, is a beautiful park that is designated as one of "Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks".

There are many early-blooming Kochino Higanzakura cherry trees lining the pond's walking path and as they start to bloom in late March, they offer a flower-viewing experience so early that they could be said to be the earliest or second earliest to bloom in Osaka Prefecture.

Also, there are double-flowered cherry blossoms that bloom in mid-April, and another distinct feature of the area is that it offers a lovely view of cherry blossoms over a long period of time.

Every year, from late March to early April, the "Sayama Pond Cherry Blossom Festival" is held, during which the cherry trees blooming on the northern bank of "Sayama Pond" are lit up, but this has been canceled in 2021.

Location & Access
・Sayama Pond’s northern bank
・About 10 minutes from Nankai Ōsakasayamashi Station by foot

Event dates and times
Late March to early April
Free to view

Event information
・Light-up of cherry blossoms, etc.
*No light-up in 2021
Free to view

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April
Covid-19 countermeasures
- Wearing of masks
- Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette
- Social distancing

  • Sayama Pond Park
    狭山池公園
    • Address Iwamuro, Osakasayama, Osaka-fu, 589-0032
    • Phone Number 072-365-3194

9. Eiraku Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)

9. Eiraku Cherry Blossom Festival (*Cancelled in 2021)
Every year, Eiraku Dam Square attracts many visitors who spread sheets on the ground and enjoy the cherry blossoms

Eiraku Dam is famous for its cherry blossoms, and is abundant in greenery and nature, so much so that it is designated as one of the "Top 100 Greenery Spots in Osaka" and "Top 100 Forests and Water Sources".

About 1,000 cherry trees bloom splendidly around the dam. In previous years, the "Eiraku Cherry Blossom Festival", during which paper lanterns were hung to light up some of the cherry trees and refreshment booths were available, was held during the flowering period of the cherry blossoms, but it has been canceled in 2021.

There is a circuit of approximately two kilometers around the dam, and visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms at the adjacent "Eiraku Yumenomori Park" as well, so it is possible to enjoy the view of cherry blossoms during the day while going for a walk.


Location & Access
・Eiraku Dam
・Take the Nankai Wing Bus Nanbu bus going to Tubasagaokakitaguchi from JR Kumatori Station, get off at Nariaiguti and walk for 20 minutes

Event dates and times
Late March to early April
Free to view

Event information
・Light-up of cherry blossoms, refreshment booths, etc.
*Event and light-up canceled in 2021
Free to view

Best time to see cherry blossoms
Late March to early April

Covid-19 countermeasures
Wearing of masks and cough etiquette, thorough social distancing

  • Eiraku Dam
    永楽ダム
    • Address Kubo, Sennangun Kumatoricho, Osaka-fu, 590-0441
    • Phone Number 072-452-6404

With stalls, stage events, and magical lit-up cherry blossoms, there are ways to enjoy cherry blossom festivals that do not just involve looking.

This year, not many cherry blossom spots are holding these festivals, but why not try out a new flower-viewing style by avoiding times when crowds gather and taking proper measures against COVID-19?

Please check the cherry blossom festivals that have been canceled in 2021 as well when making plans for cherry blossom viewing this year.

*All of the prices in this article include tax.
*The flowering period of the cherry blossoms and event dates, times, and contents are subject to change.

Text by Efeel

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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