(Kishiwada, Izumisano, Hannan)
Also known as Chikiri Castle, the ruins are a fascinating example of the extensive history of the area. In the vicinity are approximately 170 Yoshino cherry trees. The site is well-known as an ideal spot in southwestern Osaka prefecture for admiring cherry blossoms. It is especially popular as a site where tourists can enjoy cherry blossoms at night with a traditional Japanese castle in the background as this area is lit up with hanging lights or "bombori" in the evenings. (Bombori displays are from April 1 through April 15, from sundown to 11pm.)
With a history dating back to the Nara period (710–794), the temple precinct structures here are a vestige of Osaka’s extensive history. Locally, it is affectionately known as ”Great Teacher Kumeda.” In front of the temple is the largest artificial lake in Osaka, while surrounding the lake is an impressive circle of cherry blossom trees. At night, this scenic spot is lit up with hanging lights (displayed from March 29 through April 11, sundown to 10pm).
Located near the border between Osaka and Wakayama prefectures, Yamanakadani in Hannan, Osaka, once held the distinction of being the foremost post town on the Kishu Highway. At the time, which was during the rule of the Kishu Tokugawa family in the Edo period (1603–1868), the law required that all feudal lords travel to and from Edo on a regular basis, with many post towns flourishing as a direct result.
From the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, a project to plant cherry blossom trees along the banks of the Yamanaka River began. Today there are around 1,000 trees in the area and the site has gained fame far and wide for its rows upon rows of magnificent cherry trees, with many tourists both Japanese and international visiting here in March and April.
Yamanakadani offers the natural beauty of the ravine as well as numerous historical ruins and heritage sites. In former times, it was busy with travellers making the Kumano Pilgrimage and there still remains the remnants of exclusive “VIP” lodgings patronized by feudal lords during the rule of the Kishu Tokugawa family, a time when all feudal lords were required to travel from their domains to the Japanese capital at Edo on a regular basis. Buildings that call to mind the splendor of these this period have been faithfully protected by the local community to this day.
Adjacent to the city’s Hine Shrine, this park is also a popular spot for enjoying cherry blossoms. Roji Valley at its center is listed among Osaka’s top 100 green spaces. The beautiful, rocky landscapes created by the outlines of cliffs and the clear streamwater that runs beneath them makes for a truly memorable experience when surrounded by a storm of pink cherry blossoms.
Come April, the park comes alive on a whole new level with the annual Oiseki Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Izumisano Culture Center, which includes Ebuno Izumi-no-Mori Hall, is located on a site in southwestern Osaka prefecture that has long been famous for its cherry blossoms.
From late March to early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, it is lively with tourists who have come to admire the cherry blossoms at their most splendid. The approximately 100 Yoshino trees reflected both in the blue sky above and in the waters of the twin lakes below are truly a sight to behold.