When in Osaka, see the sights by scheduling a half-day bike tour. If you time your visit to cherry blossom season, you’re in for special treat.
Begin in the alleyways of Fukushima, and stop off at Osaka Central Hall. Walk your bike through Nakanoshima Park. Continue on to the Sakuranomiya riverside, home of 5,000 cherry blossom trees. Take a break at the Japan Mint. Make your way to Osaka Castle, surrounding park and Nishinomaru Garden. Finish the ride through Utsubo Park in Osaka’s hipster enclave of Nishi-ku.
Map of Locations
Bike from the meeting point to Osaka Central Hall
This Neo-Renaissance building was commissioned by the Japanese businessman, Mr. Einosuke Iwamoto, following a trip to the United States. He was inspired by Americans who donated their own funds to create spaces like Carnegie Hall. Iwamoto donated a million yen, about a billion dollars in today’s world.
Continue through Nakanoshima Park
Bike along the Sakuranomiya Riverside
As you bike in to Sakuranomiya, catch your first glimpses of the 5,000 cherry blossom trees that dot the riverside. It’s breathtaking.
You’d be lucky to get caught in a hanafubuki, a blizzard of falling petals. We were in town just before the cherry blossoms were in mankai, full bloom.
As you depart from the riverside, close your eyes, take in the aromas of the sweet blossoms and relish in this beautiful time of year.
Make your way to the Japanese Mint
The Japanese Mint was established in 1871 during the Meiji government. In addition to minting monies, the grounds also served as place for factories to make sulfuric acid, soda, coal gas and coke.
Continue on to Osaka Castle
Continue on to the Osaka Castle and enter from the west side to enjoy the Nishinomaru Garden. You’ll see stone walls, turrets, gates and moats.
In the garden, you may notice apricot trees. They were planted during the Edo Period.
Purchase tickets for entry to Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle was built in 1531 during the samurai era. The castle and grounds cover 15 acres. It is one of the most famous castles in Japan.
Finish the ride through Utsubo Park in Osaka’s hipster enclave of Nishi-ku
- Cycle Osaka
- 2-12-1, Sagisu, Fukushima ku, Osaka
- Start time: 10am / 2pm
- Duration: 3 hours
- Distance: Approx 14k
- Includes: Helmet, Guidance, Water, Bike
- ¥6000 per person
- Meeting Point: 2-12-1, Sagisu, Fukushima ku, Osaka
Sites Covered in this Tour:
- Osaka Central Hall
- Nakanoshima Park
- Sakuranomiya Park
- The Japan Mint
- Osaka Castle & Osaka Castle Park
- Utsubo Park
Passport Overused3 years ago
Great post 🙂