I have checked Cherry blossoms forecast recently and it said Cherry blossoms will start blooming in a few days in Osaka and full bloom around 27th March. It is very earlier than usual because much warmer this year. I don’t need jacket in last few days and felt that Spring is coming in Osaka. It is very hard to travel abroad now because of the Virus but I have seen some tourists in the city now. I will write good place to see Cherry blossoms in Osaka for then and people is coming next Cherry blossoms season.
1, Osaka castle park Osaka castle park has sooooooo many Cherry blossoms tree and very very popular place to see Cherry blossoms in Osaka. Local people go and bring lunch box and some drinks and picnic under the trees. It’s called Hanami in Japanese and local Japanese people love to do that with friends, family and coworkers. You can go to Osaka castle park from Subway (Osaka metro) Morinomiya station or JR Osaka loop line Morinomiya station or Osaka castle park station and it takes about 10-15 min from Namba or Osaka station by train.
2, Kema Sakuranomiya park This park has a lot of Cherry blossoms and they are blooming along the river. You can hang out on Cherry blossoms street and have awesome time with a lot of pink leaves. Some street foods may open in this park and you can grab local street foods and beer. It will be very crowded like the Osaka castle park, So it is better to go on weekday. I recommend you Tenjinbashisuji Shopping street after hanging out Kema Sakuranomiya park. This shopping street is the longest in Japan and has a lot of stuffs which are cheaper than touristy place. I always go this shopping street when I go this area and got some foods and daily necessities. Please get off JR train at Sakuranomiya station, Tenma stationm Osakajyo Kitazume station or Osaka tenmangu station and you can go this park on your foot.
3, Nagai park This park is not in the central city but you can go by subway easily from everywhere in Osaka city. Many local people come to Nagai park to see Cherry blossoms and this park has many kind of Cherry blossoms. Some of them are earlier blooming and others are late blooming. So you can see some kind of Cherry blossoms in this park from the middle of February to April. Botanical garden is in this park as well and it has many flowers all year. I recommend you this garden if you like flowers and you must be able to take nice photos with flowers. Nagai park is a few steps from subway (Osaka metro) Nagai station.
4, Sumiyoshi park I recommend you this park because I was born and raised around this place and have been over 1000 times in my life! hahaha! It is not bigger than the above other parks but has many cherry blossoms tree and peaceful scenery. Almost only local people come this park, So it is not so crowded. You can feel real and local Japanese life and see beautiful Cherry blossoms here. Sumiyoshitaisha shrine is by this park and you can visit this shrine before or after Sumiyoshipark. The shrine has other kind of Cherry blossoms around the entrance and you should check it.
Not only these parks, almost all parks even very small local parks have some cherry blossoms tree. You can see beautiful pink flowers everywhere in Japan the end of March to April. Less tourist come to Japan this Cherry blossoms season but I hope the people enjoy this great season and have nice time in Japan. Thank you!!:)
A nice couple came to Osaka castle park for wedding photoshooting with their stylist and makeup artist. They brought gorgeous dresses and suits and we got many special wedding photos at Osaka castle park. Of course it was first time to see them but we got closer easily in this photoshooting. I had some ideas and they had too, So we made and tried many ideas and styles. Osaka castle park is very big and has many good photo spots. I took photos with greens, flowers, the castle and on stairs and street of the park with different clothes. They changed their clothes three times and every styles were so nice for photos and we got some romantic shots, others are cool and happy. They liked my photo style like angle and posing and I was very happy because they looked very happy when I showed them the photos after taking. It was about 4 hours photoshooting but I was not tired because the photo session with them was very comfortable and fun time. The end of photoshooting, they gave me a coffee at Starbucks in the park and had relaxing time together. And we met in Kyoto again next day. I will write about this on next blog!!:)
I already have met many people for photoshooting in 2020. A guy booked tour over half years ago and we talked many things of the tour. He took his mother to Japan and wanted me to help to make memories. We met at Morinomiya station to go to Osaka castle park. Mother is very nice and has good smile and the guy was very kind for mom. I tried to take photos with water fountain and greens in the park and It was very nice weather, So took photos with clear blue sky too. They enjoyed photoshooting so much. Lighting was very nice when we got Osaka castle because the tour was started almost sunset time. I got beautiful photos with Osaka castle at some photo spots. They looked very happy and were smiling whenever I took their photos.
After Osaka castle park, we went to Namba area to take photos with neons on back ground. He like Osaka night sceneries and I took them to many popular places such as Dotombori, Americamura and Namba area. Photos came up very beautiful and they liked all photos I took. It was dark when the tour finished and we had Japanese BBQ together after photoshooting. It was awesome time and I felt it’s not first time to see them and a part of their family. We enjoyed to talk each other and cultures with good foods. They booked my tour of Kyoto as well and we met in Kyoto again. I will write about the tour next time!!:)
The end of November, I held photoshoot tour in Osaka castle park. I was late to meet a big family because I misunderstood this booking in the end of December. I was very up set and rush so much to Osaka castle park. They were waiting me and I apologized them… I am so sorry!!!! After that I took them around the castle park and play with kids. They were very very friendly and had big energies! I was enjoying with them while I took their photos. There are many autumn tree and leaves on the ground and I told them to play with leaves and captured the moments. They look enjoy and their family looked happy as well. I took many style of photos such as family photo, only kids, only boys and girls, sisters, dad and daughters. The family is very big and very close. I was very happy to take their photos in Osaka castle park and got many good photos with autumn leaves. Thank you for taking my photoshoot tour and see you again!!
A couple joined my tour for Pre-wedding photoshooting and their friends have taken my tour before and they knew about the tour from that friends. I was very glad to see them and be introduced. Unfortunately, It was going to rain on photoshooting day. We hoped just cloudy but it was raining when we met. We tried to take pictures in America-mura area when the rain stopped and were able to get some good pictures their. In Dotonbori area and Hozenji temple, I took their photos with Glico sign and many lanterns. The photos are amazing! But it was raining during the tour and we had a plan to go to Osaka castle park after Namba, but we decided to change date to go there. Because it was strong rain and we weren’t able to hold the tour anymore.
2 days later, We restarted the tour in Osaka castle park. It was not rain and great day!! I thought it was good idea to change date. Trees were very beautiful after rain and I was able to take many pictures in Osaka castle park. They were very cheerful and happy couple, Especially the guy was very very funny and he made her smile and laugh whenever I took pictures. Thanks to that, I got many natural smile and happy photos. They liked the pictures and it was very nice memories for me as well. They made me want to go to Philippine to see them and their friends who joined my tour before. both couple are super nice couple and I am looking forward to seeing them in the future!! Thank you so much for taking the Photoshoot tour! See you again!!:)
A nice family took my tour in this month and they have a boy and a girl. They were very cute and gave me great smile while I took their pictures. We became close easily and they hold my hand and walk together from seeing first time. Mom and dad were also friendly and nice. I felt like it was not first time to see them:)
We stated the photoshooting tour around 4:30pm from Subway Morinomiya station. I was worrying lighting because it is getting dark from 5pm recently. So I took their pictures as quick as possible and walked to Osaka castle. It was fine when we arrived at Osaka castle and took their pictures with it. The boy was very hungry and being fussy, So Dad got some foods for him and then he was able to give us his nice smile again:) I thought he was still cute even fussing. Hahaha There were still many tourists and crowded. I took them to less people photo spots and took some solo photos, family photos and parents couple photos. They liked my pictures and I was very happy to hear that from them. I hope they come back to Osaka and see you again:) Thank you so much for joining my tour!!
We met in Fushimiinari shrine in Kyoto and held the tour before a few days and they joined my tour in Osaka again!! Last time, they wore Japanese kimono and casual were this time. They looked different and I got many pictures in Osaka castle! It was late afternoon and I was worrying about lighting because it was already getting dark. I tried to take quick photo and walked to Osaka castle with them. A girl was shy a little when we met first time in Kyoto but she was much better in Osaka. She liked to be taken pictures and I took her pictures a lot. A father was really nice model and I took his many pictures as well. The end of this tour, Everybody smiled and I was very happy to help them to make memories in Osaka and Kyoto. I hope see you again when they come back to Japan!!:)
Gion area and Fushimiinari shrine are good for taking pictures in Kyoto and Osaka castle park is also good for short photoshooting tour. It will be autumn leave season in Japan. We can see them around the middle in November to December everywhere. Especially Arashiyama in Kyoto is very popular and many people go there to see Autumn leaves. I have some booking already and am looking forward to taking pictures with beautiful Autumn leaves in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara.
It was great day and very big day for them and me. A girl planed to surprise proposal her boyfriend and we made a plan to do it during photoshooting tour in Osaka castle park. I was supposed to capture the moments but they already finished proposal in Tokyo Disney land. Because he had a plan to propose her as well and he did there. That’s awesome!! So I was not able to capture the moment but we had great time in Osaka castle park and got many great shots.
It was very hot day even though it is almost end of summer. It has been raining last sew days and I was worrying about it but it was great sunny day on that day. I saw them at Morinomiya station and started photoshooting tour from there and I took their photos at many spots. They were very very natural in front of the camera and it was easy to capture some moments. They did everything I got some ideas and it was so fun. We got many nice photos like jump shot, she did propose posing, wall of Osaka castle, piggy back and many style.
They looked so happy and made me happy while we talked. We kept talking when we walk to next photo spots and I felt like it isn’t first time to see them. We will be able to see in Osaka or LA for sure. I am very happy to take their pictures and became good friends. Thank you so much for taking my tour and giving me great time!!
It’s already been a month since I wrote a blog last time. I have many photoshooting diaries I want to update and will write about the end of June.
I have taken family pictures in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Sometimes they are big family like 7 or 8 people (Actually I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers and we’re big family too) and it was so good experiences for me. But the biggest family I have ever taken joined my tour the end of June. They are 15 people!!!! I was so excited to see and take their pictures. We started the tour from Morinomiya station one of the nearest station to get to Osaka castle. It was Saturday but less people than every usual because the G20 was holding in Osaka and Osaka castle was closed before a day and many polices regulated around Osaka castle park. It was good chance to take pictures without other people in the background.
This family is made from 4 families and Grand mother and father have 7 grandchildren. They look so happy and very closed and made me happy too. I could try to make them some positions and taking unique photos because they are big group. The pictures look so beautiful and fun. I love them and hope they like too. I am looking forward to seeing them again!!:)
It is getting hot and humid in Japan. Summer is coming soon. I can’t wait to see many tourists in Japan!!
We met at Morinomiya station is one of the nearest station from Osaka castle park. They are for Singapore and we talked about my favorite foods in Singapore first. I felt its not first time to see them because they were so friendly and I didn’t need to make conversations because of them. We felt we are good team during my tour. They came to Osaka for the first time in 10 years, So I was happy to show them good places in Osaka.
Osaka castle park is huge park in Osaka and many tourists visit the park everyday. We took many pictures at nice places where less people. It was beautiful day and blue sky was very beautiful and I took the pictures with it. I took them to the best place to see Osaka castle and It isn’t known well such as Pram garden. I was worrying how bloom prams but we could see many beautiful Prams there. They liked the places and we enjoyed Photoshooting there.
After Osaka castle, We moved to Namba area. Namba area has very touristy place but it has good photo spots. America mura is young people town and we too pictures with wall arts, shops, local restaurants on street. A lot of Japanese young people drunk bobble tea everywhere and it is super popular now. Japanese new cultures are from this area in Osaka. Dotombori was so crowded but we could take photos there too. I explained Japanese culture and history in Houzenji Yokocho, they were interested in everything of my tour and it made me happy very much. I recommended them good local Okonomiyaki restaurant in Osaka and they went there next day and sent me pictures of that. I was so happy to help them to make good memories in Osaka. I hope they take my tour with their family next time and I am looking forward to take family pictures!!
It was amazing Valentines day in 2019. I was nervous because I had to ask them for Free Valentines Photoshooting as local Photographer but of cource it was not Free Valentines photoshooting you know. He wanted his girl friend to surprise for surprise proposal. It was much colder day but I was so excited while I waited for them. He sent me a pictures and It was easy to find them. I asked them ‘I am looking for good couple model for Valentines Photoshooting’ and worried that she accept me or not but she accepted this Photoshooting and I could start this tour. I took them pictures along Osaka castle in the park. He was very natural and she wasn’t notice surprise proposal. I took their pictures around Osaka castle and I was looking for the best proposal place. There are so many tourists and it was so hard to find good place where look nobody. We could find the moment and I was starting to take pictures of only her and then he was ready for proposal during that. Finally, He proposed her when she turn around. It was amazing moment and she look super surprised!! Other tourists came there and congratulations them. Everybody was happy at the moment and I got many good pictures. Surprise proposal is hard to make plan but it is very very happy Photoshooting and I would like to keep to help someone who want to do it in Japan. Thank you for giving me awesome time!! See you again in Singapore or Japan!!
I am willing to welcome a big group tour up to 10 people. It is no problem if it is a mixed group like a few family and some friends. You can get many kinds of group photo such as just one family, only children, only parents like this. Please contact me if your group is over 11 people. Join my photo tour with your friends and families!! Let’s make good memories with good photos!!
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