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O-Hanami Spots in Osaka - Utsubo Park

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 Utsubo Park is located in Osaka City, right off of the Chuo Line of the subway, and almost quite literally in the center of the city, south of Umeda, west of Osaka Castle, north of Nanba but still East of Shinsaibashi.

Utsubo Park is easily accessible from the Midosuji, Yotsubashi and Chuo Lines of the subway. All of these lines will take you to Honmachi Station. Exit from exit number 28 (near the Yotsubashi Line). After leaving exit 28, you'll see a Family Mart to the left. Walk past the Family Mart, to the next light, then make a left. You'll walk for about 5 minutes before you see a playground to your right, and that's Utsubo Park! Other nearby stations include Awaza Staion and Higobashi Station (the furthest of the three).

Utsubo Park features a large picnic space surrounded by Sakura trees, but most of these spaces are usually called for (i.e. nearby companies put down a blue tarp and leave it there with their names on it so whenever they're ready, they'll have a spot). If you don't make it in time to claim some space for your own blue tarp, you can always picnic like a normal person, on one of the many benches throughout the park. This park also features a playground, making it a popular space for families with young children (unlike Osaka Castle Park, where you tend to see more drunk adults).

The space directly in front is the picnic area surrounded by sakura.

The sakura in Osaka City tend to fade faster than sakura out in Nara or Kyoto, so it's best to get out and see them as early as possible (many of the blossoms have faded by early April)!

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