Today I spent about 3 hours walking through and around Osaka Castle taking as many photos as I could of the sakura (cherry blossoms).
It’s been a long time dream of mine to see the sakura blooming in Japan, so I was really excited to get this opportunity.
Here is some advice on where to go to take great photos along with some of the photos I took.
Where to go?
One of the great things about Osaka Castle is that you can get into the park and even right up to the Castle without having to pay a dime. It’s a cheap photographer’s dream come true.
One of the top sakura viewing spots is the Nishinomaru Garden, which is just west of the Castle. Although they charge about $2.00 to get into this area, it’s well worth it for the outstanding photo opportunities.
With around 600 sakura trees, the park serves as a great foreground for the main tower of Osaka Castle.
During the sakura season the park will be full with people playing, relaxing and overall enjoying the season. If you love people photography, you’ll have plenty to do in this park.
For larger versions of the following photographs, be sure to check my Flickr account.
To Be Continued
Just north of the Castle you’ll come across the Kema Sakuranomiya Koen, with over 4000 trees, this park stretches along Ookawa river from Kemaaraizeki to Tenmabashi. The long lanes of trees make for some great photos.
We’ll take a photo tour through this area in our next post.
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