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Best Time to Visit Osaka

Best Time to Visit Japan 506
Best Time to Visit Osaka

When is the best time to visit Osaka? Osaka is one of the cities in Japan you can visit anytime during the year because of its moderate temperature.

Best Season to Visit Osaka

Spring lasts from March to May, and it is the best time to visit Osaka. March and April are peak travel season in Osaka because the cherry blossom attracts millions of international visitors every year. Spring is usually around 50 °F to 60 °F, thus travelers can enjoy the nice temperature along with the pretty blossom. With the impressive castle landmark and a gorgeous moat, the Osaka Castle is known to be the best place to see the blossom.

In the Nishinomaru Garden collects the most cherry trees, and is the most popular spot favored by both the locals and foreign visitors. The Kema Sakuranomiya Park is also worth mentioning for cherry blossom. The park is located on the East side of the O River, allowing travelers to stroke stroll down through the cherry trees with a view of the river. Last but not least, the Hattori Ryokuchi park is a must see place in Osaka during spring time. Additionally to the picturesque cherry blossom, the park offers tennis courts, horse riding, as well as playgrounds for children.

Summer in Osaka
Around 75°F to 90°F, summer is usually hot and humid, but not unbearable. Summer, unlike cherry blossom season in spring, does not have remarkable nature. Instead, you may the find some of the most fantastic events in the country. The Tenjin Matsuri is the most renowned festival celebrated in Osaka. Hosted every year from July 24 to July 25, Tenjin Matsuri is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, who was an influential scholar and politician during the Heian Period. During this summer celebration, thousands of participants would perform dances and music, and it is guaranteed to add value to the experience in Osaka.

Fall in Osaka
October and November in fall are another a great time to visit Osaka. Temperature cool down to 50°F to 65°F, and the leaves start to change color. Autumn foliage can be easily spotted anywhere around the city. Midosuji, the major boulevard in the city center, has countless Gingko trees aligned on each side. The fallen leaves pave the walkways into golden yellow, thus turning the Midosuji Boulevard to an iconic landmark during fall.

Further from the city center, Mt. Shigi, the Minoo Park, and the Hoshida Park all offer massive of autumn foliage. The panoramic views of the autumn foliage in these parks are not to be missed by any nature lovers. Besides the charming nature, fall in Osaka presents the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, which is one of the most celebrated events takes place in September.

Winter in Osaka
Is winter the worst season to visit Osaka? The coldest months of Osaka are January and December, with a temperature around 35°F to 50°F. Because of the major holidays like Christmas and New Year, winter illuminations starts as early as November. Thus, you will find all the skyscrapers and stores sparkling at night if you plan to visit in winter. During New Year, you may join the locals at the Kurodani Temple or the Yasaka-jinja Shrine to pray for prosperity and lucky in the coming year.

Additional to these distinct features offered in each season, Osaka provides unforgettable experience all year round. From the restaurants and entertainment in Namba, to the modern robust shopping district in Umeda, to the marvelous Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, to the numerous temples and shrines, to the Harukas 300 observatory deck, Osaka is a city always keeps tourists obsessed regardless the season they visit.


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the weather like in Osaka at the end of August?
    It is relatively hot during this time and Japan is likely to rain from time to time as they are affected by the monsoon season. In addition to sun protection preparation, it is also necessary to prepare for the rain.
  • In early March, what is the suitable attire to visit Kansai?
    In early March, some places have opened for the cherry blossoms. The weather is relatively warm and the highest temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) as it can go up or down during the day. You can wear a thin sweater or windbreaker accordingly, and what is suitable for you.
  • How is the weather if I visit Osaka in early July?
    Generally, in Kansai between late June to late July is the rainy season, but it doesn't rain every day.
  • When is the Osaka cherry blossom season?
    The cherry blossom season in Osaka is usually around the end of March to the beginning of April. It changes slightly every year, but it usually is around this time.
  • Are there any red leaves in Osaka from the end of September to the beginning of October?
    From the end of September to the beginning of October, Osaka has not yet reached the red leaves season. There usually are not any red leaves until the end of November.
  • What is the weather like in Kansai, Japan during December?
    Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto are close together, so there will be no temperature differences between the cities. December is already chilly, as the temperatures range between a low of 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) and 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit). It is best to bring a warm coat or winter jacket. In addition, December is not a rainy season as there will be very little precipitation.
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