According to USNews, Osaka, the "port city is worth a visit for its food alone." In Osaka, there are historical ruins, a bustling area with a modern city, and nature surrounded by mountains in three directions. Therefore, many flower viewing spots represent the Kansai region. The annual cherry blossom season in Osaka is from late March to early April.
To meet cherry blossoms in spring or fall foliage, we'll take you to the three best viewing port in Osaka: The Osaka Castle, Osaka Namba Yasaka Shrine, and Expo '70 Park.
From Port of Osaka, we also can take you to Kyoto for a day tour.
Our Japan shore excursions are designed by Western destination experts who live in Japan along with local Japanese tour specialists to showcase all the best attractions in Japan and provide a unique understanding of Japan from a Western perspective. In particular, we know where to find cherry blossoms and autumn leaves in Osaka that most cruise lines do not emphasize in their shore excursion programs.
Take a private tour of Osaka's cherry blossom attractions with an English-speaking guide. Unlike your cruise line's shore excursions, you'll be able to experience the cherry blossoms at Osaka Castle, Namba Shrine, and Expo '70 Park on this tour. You won't enjoy the most beautiful fall foliage with your regular shore excursions sold by your cruise line.
Cruise passengers: You may get this excursion for FREE if you book the cruise through us or transferring your existing reservation to us (meaning we are your travel agent who booked the cruise for you with nothing changed). Please contact us to learn how.
Depart for Osaka Port for Osaka Castle. Osaka Castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks. It played a crucial role in the unification of Japan in the sixteenth century during the Momoyama-Azuchi period. The Nishinomaru Garden in Osaka Castle, surrounded by important cultural properties, has a total of 300 cherry trees, mainly the Someiyoshino cherry trees. The stone wall made of stone engraved with the motifs of daimyo from various places at that time, and the five defensive turrets, including the Senkan turret that protected the castle, can only be seen in Osaka Castle Park, the contrast between the thickness of the stone wall and the gorgeous and light weight of the cherry blossoms.
Visit Namba Yasaka Shrine, famous for its giant lion stage, mainly prays for studies, careers, and sucking away bad luck. In addition, the shrine also prays for feelings and health. Here, when the wind blows, you can also see cherry blossoms falling on the head like snow, which is the so-called cherry blossoms.
Head to Osaka Expo '70 Park. The "Expo'70 Commemorative Park" was rebuilt from the original site after the "Japan World Expo (Osaka Expo)" held in Japan in 1970. One of the "Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan", the Expo'70 Commemorative Park has three consecutive areas, "The Plaza of the Sun", "Japanese Garden" and "Natural and Cultural Garden". theme to plant. The whole design is to let people walk along the area, so they can have a deeper understanding of the relationship between cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. From the famous Somei-yoshino cherry, Sato cherry, Yamazakura, etc., to the October cherry, the Kanhi cherry, and the Western cherry (European sweet cherry tree) of the "cherry", there is a value for viewing. Not only for viewing flowers, but also a good place to learn more about cherry blossom culture. Osaka will host 2025 World Expo. We invite you to revisit Osaka in 2025 for this wonderful event.
15:15 Head back to Osaka Port
11-8, 3-Chome, Chikko, Minato-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu 552-0021
We highly recommend that you book our shore excursions now if you will be taking a cruise in 2024. 2023 has already seen large crowds, and 2024 will see even more. We expect many tourists will be unable to book their shore excursions in 2024, so please make your plan as soon as possible.
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