Osaka Castle in Spring: Cherry Blossom Edition

We went to Osaka Castle during the last few days of the Cherry Blossoms

The most gorgeous time to be visit Japan is during the Spring, when the abundant sakura explode into a nova of white and pink clusters throughout the city.  The weather ranges from cool to mild, and everyone is out enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
We went to the castle with a new friend we made from Vietnam, Linh, and it was beautiful. Inside Osaka Castle is a museum with ancient art and artifacts, but photos were not allowed inside of the building, so more reason to visit yourself! Fortunately, the best part about the castle is the park around it, not only for its beauty, but for the historical scenery.  The interior of Osaka Castle had been renovated and modernized, so if you want to see old Japan, just take a 45 minute train ride to Kyoto.  Here’s some of the best views from outside the castle, as a trip to Osaka Jou Koen is best an excellent few hours to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.


People gathering toward the Castle


Many people enjoying the cherry blossoms

Ornaments above the street food and refreshments stall outside of the gates.  You can buy Vanilla, Chocolate, Matcha, Grape, and Strawberry soft ice cream here, as well as yakisoba, fried chicken, and other common street foods.


Beautiful views of the city from the top of the castle

Linh and I enjoying the day. Everything was bright and everything was pink.

Cherry Blossoms for days… at least 7 to 14 of them


It was a beautiful day for castle pics

We even saw a beautiful wedding. The groom seemed to be on to us so I made him an accessory with an identity protection buff.

Even though we are happy with just one visit to the interior of the castle itself, we often find ourselves riding our bikes through the park here on quiet nights, when the castle is illuminated against the night sky with the moon.  It is definitely worth a visit any time of the day, any time of the year.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Osaka Castle during the Cherry Blossoms,

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