The structure that stands in the middle of the Osaka Castle Park is widely thought to be the epitome of essential Japanese culture and heritage as also the spirit of the great commercial city.
Beautiful and in full bloom, and borne by the tufts of the wind, the seasonal flowers and cherry blossoms weave the tale of the mountains, parks and the riverfronts that dot the banks of the city streets and pavements. From late March to the period up to early April, it is the spell of cherry that puts a tinge to the island in a delicate shade of pink.
The blossoms that gleefully herald the end of winter and the onset of spring have a more than symbolic presence in the floral culture of the Archipelago. A long long time ago, the cherry tree was revered by the peoples as the abode of the gods. When they were in full bloom, people offered food and sake to the tree in order to guarantee a good harvest. Today, while some appreciate the cherries, others party under the splendor, feasting on boxed lunch and sipping sake together with friends and family.
The Osaka Castle Park looks especially stunning with the nearby Nishinomaru Garden offering a splendid sight from the pavement bordering the steel railings that are adorned with flowers. Located at 2-1 Osakajo Chuo-ku, the place can be accessed through the Temmabashi Subway through the Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line.