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While Osaka is the second-largest city in Japan, this metropolitan space is dotted with greenery and parks. Every year in March, tourists, photographers, and flower-lovers alike flock to the area to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. However, Osaka’s parks are beautiful all year round; here we explore some of the city’s most attractive natural spaces.
The private gardens of the Japan Mint houses 300 cherry blossom trees, and every year during cherry blossom season, the gates are opened to the public for a week. The park holds over a hundred different species of cherry blossom trees, resulting in flowers of varying shades, from white to baby pink. With blossom-laden branches arching and meeting overhead above the walkway, the park becomes almost like a cherry blossom tunnel, making this one of the best cherry blossom viewing places in the Kansai region. Keep an eye on the Japan Mint website for updates on when the park will be opened to the public this year.
Address: 1-79, Temma 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka, +81 06 6351 5361
Nagai Park is an urban park situated just outside Osaka’s city centre. With the Nagai Botanical Garden, the Osaka Museum of Natural History, and two of Osaka’s sports stadiums on the park premises, there is sure to be something for everyone. The park has lots of flowers and greenery, as well as trails for running or cycling. This park is less touristy than the more famous ones and is mostly visited by locals, so it is also a chance to observe how Osaka’s residents enjoy the green space in their city.
Address: Nagaikoen, Higashisumiyoshiku, Osaka 546-0034, Osaka Prefecture, +81 6 6691 7200
Tennoji Park may seem unimpressive at the entrance, but it is one of the biggest parks in Osaka City, containing a small lake, several ponds and lots of greenery. The Tennoji Zoo and and the Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art are located in the park, which guarantees a fun day of activities for both the mature and young at heart. If you’re seeking a little respite from the urban bustle, visit the traditional Japanese-styled Keitakuen Garden on the park’s grounds for a moment of peace.
Address: Chausuyamacho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, +81 6 6771 8401