Spring

Kawasaki Bridge – a Marvelous Cherry Blossoms Spot in Osaka

Rina

Writer

Osaka features many places to enjoy spring with its cherry blossoms including Sakura in Kema Sakuranomiya Park, cherry trees in Osaka Mint Bureau, and Sakura in Osaka Castle. In this article, I will introduce a wonderful cherry blossom spot in the heart of Osaka – Kawasaki bridge. This bridge boasts a  history from the Meiji period. And since those times has been creating beautiful scenery especially in spring at Hanami season! 

Kawasaki Bridge

For use by pedestrians and cyclists only this bridge is maintained by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. Kawasaki bridge is also one of the most beautiful fifty bridges of Osaka. It is very famous and many tourists visit it to relax and enjoy seeing beautiful blooming cherry trees every spring! This cable-stayed bridge across the Okawa River connects Miyakojima-ku and the Temma area and features an interesting history.

History of Kawasaki Bridge

This bridge was built in the Meiji period in 1877. This bridge was private, so people who wanted to cross it had to pay a toll fee (about 60 Yen).  Therefore, this bridge was called “Zentori bridge” which means that this bridge got money from passengers. The construction was gone because of a great flood at the beginning of July in 1885. Unfortunately, this bridge had never been reconstructed since happened the great flood until the second half of the 20th century.

The modern Kawasaki bridge was built as a part of a big bicycle track which connects Nakanozima park and Senrinobanpaku memorial park in 1978. The 129.2-meter long and 3-meter wide bridge here at present is a two-span cable-stayed bridge with cables extending from tall pylons to support the girders below. This construction makes an excellent influence and importance to the landscape. That’s why it received the award by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers.  

Popular Cherry Blossoms Viewing Spot

The cherry trees bloom all around this bridge. And the ships pass under this bridge. You can relax enjoying the nice scenery of Kawasaki bridge, cherry blossoms, and Okawa river! Of course, you can also enjoy the landscape from this bridge! There are various ways to enjoy around this bridge. You will notice various food and drink stalls close to the bridge with a variety of traditional Osakan street food. A real cultural experience would be grabbing something in those stalls and admiring the blossoms and the view on the bridge with other Japanese who came to Hanami. So, please come to Osaka and enjoy the bridge with us!

Cherry Blossoms and the U.S.

Sakura thees originated in Japan. Many American felt that Sakura is very beautiful, and wanted Americans to see these beautiful trees in the U.S. So, Tokyo mayor ordered Sakura trees to be delivered to Washington in America. And soon, Tokyo mayor took action for delivering cherry trees to Washington and shipped 2000 Sakura trees. However, a torrent of harmful insects on those Sakura arrived in Washington and they had to burn the trees.

The mayor ordered Kozai Doctor of Agriculture of Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce to provide Sakura plants which resist harmful insects. Then he shipped 6040 Sakura trees which were resistant thanks to Kozai from Yokohama harbor to Washington. Those Sakura trees arrived in Washington without any harmful insects on it which made everyone happy.

What did Japan Get in Return?

America appreciated Japanese act of shipping Sakura to Washington. So, they decided to ship flowering dogwood to Japan in return. The language of flowers is to return the courtesy. So, this flower was the best one to return to Japan. Therefore, flowering dogwood now blooms around Japan. However, it is not originally from Japan. Don’t you think this story is nice? 

Details and Access

Dates: End of March – Mid of April every year

Place: Kawasaki bridge

Address: 1 Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka through Amijimacho, Miyakojima-ku

Official website (Japanese only): http://www.city.osaka.lg.jp/kensetsu/page/0000016727.html 

Access: 7-minute walk from Temmabashi Station on the Keihan Main Line

Closing Remarks

Have you ever visited Osaka? Either way, Osaka is worth visiting many times! Osaka is nice place. You can eat various tasty foods including Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and much more, and go to the Universal Studio Japan and Expo Commemoration Park! There are so many great spots! Please come and enjoy Osaka!

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Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

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Rina

Hi, I'm Rina. I love to communicate with foreign guests. I like traveling! Please come to Japan especially Kanto region!

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