Top 3 Cherry Blossom Events in Japan’s Kansai Region for Hanami 2019

25.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

We previously covered the top cherry blossom events to enjoy in Japan’s Kanto region for this year’s hanami. If you’re travelling to the Kansai region however―which includes Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe and many others―then we’ve got you covered for that too. Here are our Top 3 picks for cherry blossom events you should visit this flower-viewing spring season in Kansai.


Kyoto Botanical Garden – Sakura Light-Up 2019

Kyoto Botanical Garden’s Sakura Light-Up 2019 will run from March 25 to April 7 followed by the Sakura Sanpo cherry blossom strolling event from April 19 to 21. The garden boasts a long cherry blossom season. In many famous cherry blossom spots in Japan the Yoshino cherry trees bloom for one week at the beginning of April, but at Kyoto Botanical Garden they sprout early in mid-March and stay until the end of April, meaning you can enjoy the beautiful pink hues for even longer.


Full Details:



Kyoto Botanical Garden

Address: Shimogamo Hangicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Price: General ¥200 / High School Students ¥150 / Junior High School Students and below – Free / 70+ Years and Disabled – Free
TEL: 075-701-0141



Sakura Light-Up 2019

Running: March 25, 2019 – April 7, 201

Time: After Sunset (Around 6:30PM) to 9:00PM (Last Entries: 8:00PM)

Price: The price of entry only

*The park hours are extended from the usual 5:00PM closing time to 9:00PM


Sakura Sanpo

2019/4/19 @ 1:00PM-1:45PM

2019/4/20 @ 1:00PM-1:45PM, 5:00PM-5:45PM

2019/4/21 @ 5:00PM-5:45PM
Price: The price of entry only

*Due to opening hour extensions form April 8 to May 19 the usual 5:00PM closure time will extend to 6:30PM (Last Entries: 6:00PM)

*Those wishing to participate at either 1:00PM or 5:00PM must meet in front of the Shokubutsuen Kaikan.



CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies – SAKURA ROOM

CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies is a female-oriented café and hostel that is now taking bookings for its SAKURA ROOM. This beautiful room radiates a spring vibe with its light coloured ribbon curtains, a cherry blossom fragrance that permeates the room, pretty cherry blossom flower crowns and more. There are plenty of places to snap some Instagrammable pictures. From outside the window guests can the scenery of the city of Kamogawa so they can enjoy hanami from their room!



CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies – SAKURA ROOM

Running: March 10, 2019 – April 30, 2019

No. of Rooms: 1 (accommodates 3 people)

Price: From ¥15,000 (*Tax & service charge included. Separate accommodation tax fee applies. Price will vary depending on the day of booking.)

CAFETEL Kyoto Sanjo for Ladies

Address: 173 Shingokencho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture


Osaka Hirakata Park – Enjoy 300 Cherry Trees桜300本が楽しめる 大阪ひらかたパーク

From the end of March to the beginning of April, sakura will bloom at Hirakata amusement park. There are approximately 300 sakura trees and eight varieties of tree including Yoshino cherry blossoms. Amongst the park attractions is the “Skywalker”; a giant ferris wheel that overlooks the park. The path to the ride is hilly and lined with sakura trees, so during full bloom, the path is completely covered in a bed of pink petals. Enjoy the cherry blossoms while riding the attractions!


Full Details:



Hirakata Park

Address: 1-1 Hirakatakōenchō, Hirakata, Osaka
Opening Hours

Weekdays: 10:00-17:00

Weekends  & Holidays: [March 25 – April 5] 10:00-18:00 / [April 27 – May 6] 10:00-19:00

*Closed Wednesdays from March 13 to June 26 (except March 27, April 3 and May 1)

Entry Price: General (Junior High School and above) ¥1,400 / Children (2-Year-Olds to Elementary School) ¥800




Did you enjoy this list? Be sure to see as many cherry blossom spots as you can when in Japan.