A popular hanami spot (flower viewing spot) is the Nishinomaru Garden, a lawn garden where you can snap beautiful photos of the 600 blooming sakura trees with the castle in the background.
Love to combine sports with travel? The castle grounds are also the starting point for the annual Osaka Marathon, which usually takes place in November.
Oasis in the city
Another green lung in the middle of the city is Namba Parks. The stunning shopping mall is an attraction in itself: the serpentine structure is an architectural marvel that has leafy terraces rising from the ground and a sloping park that connects to the street.
The lush landscaping provides a welcome respite for shoppers who are drawn to Namba Parks for its high-end fashion boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues such as its cinema complex and outdoor amphitheatre.
Tip: Don’t miss Namba Parks if you’re visiting anytime from now until mid-February. Every year, the area is transformed into a magical sea of lights for the Winter Illumination event known as Namba Hikaritabi. It is truly a sight to behold!
If you’d like to be close to the vibrancy of Namba but want to experience the comfort and convenience of home, just a walk away from the splendour of Namba Parks is Fraser Residence Nankai, Osaka. The building cuts an impressive figure with its sleek architectural design, while the contemporary interiors of the stylish residences offer a sense of tranquillity.
Choose from the studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments that come with modern conveniences such as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access, a well-equipped kitchenette and a washer/dryer. You can also take advantage of other facilities here such as the 24/7 fitness centre, the steam room and sauna as well as the meeting room.