Sakura flower viewing season is now in full swing.

On a warm spring day, lovely pink sakura flowers are all set to captivate your heart like tiny ballerinas dancing in the wind just above your head.

If you are familiar with Japan or even not so much, we believe that most of those who have traveled to Japan or are planning to visit Japan have probably heard or known of the word “sakura”. Sakura is a common Japanese term that means cherry blossom, a small blushing blossom that was officially designated as a national flower along with a yellow chrysanthemum. Sakura has been widely acknowledged as one of the most delightful and charming flowers among locals. Over the centuries, sakura has played an important role in enriching their minds because of its beautiful appearance.

During the spring season (from the end of February to the middle of April), myriads of light pink sakura flowers are in full bloom at many locations nationwide. It’s the best part of this season and definitely worth taking a stroll around a sakura spot. Appreciate amazing sakura in a warm and laid-back spring ambience!

We would like to recommend two sakura locations that you can easily go to from the Juso area. Enjoy a wonderful time while you loosen up with gorgeous scenery.

1: Osaka Castle Park

About 3,000 sakura trees are dotted all around the area. The Somei Yoshino type of sakura at the Nishinomaru Garden will absolutely enthrall you. It would also be a great idea to go visit Osaka Castle before or after sakura viewing.

Access: 10-minute walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi Yonchome Station
Hankyu Juso Station (Hankyu Line)→Osaka Umeda Station→transfer to the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line→Tanimachi Yonchome Station
Duration: 35-40 minutes

2: Kyoto Arashiyama

Arashiyama’s sakura was awarded as one of Japan’s best 100 sakura viewing spots. The Arashiyama mountain brimming with sakura flowers is indubitably unrivaled. Also, please enjoy Arashiyama’s iconic views of “Togetsukyo Bridge” and “Katsuragawa River” while exploring the area.

Access: 5-minute walk from Hankyu Line Arashiyama Station
Hankyu Juso Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line)→Hankyu Arashiyama Station
Duration: 50-55 minutes