We were back in Osaka after visiting Nara Park when my wife told me we were stopping by a park for some cherry blossom viewing.
It was mid April and I’ve heard the cherry blossom season was ending soon or has already ended in most areas . So ,although part of me wanted to go back to our hostel in Nishinari and take a long nap , I didn’t want to go all the way to Japan and not experience a traditional cherry blossom festival.
Cherry Blossom festival in Osaka
The Cherry Blossom festival was located in a park nestled between the Japan Mint Museum and Okawa River in Osaka. I could already see from across the river before crossing the bridge that there were a lot of people. Just like us, most were trying to catch the last cherry blossoms before the season ended.
Admission is free and the festival runs from April 9th to 15th this season. There were food stalls near the entrance but I was still digesting the Kamameshi (kettle-rice) lunch we had in Nara so we proceeded to try to get into the park .
A lot of people jammed into a small park all stopping every few feet to take pictures of cherry blossoms made the foot traffic come to a crawl. I didn’t mind because there was so many interesting varieties of cherry blossoms to check out. My wife had her favorites and mine was the Shidarezakura(Weeping cherry)