Event List in Osaka This Weekend (April 8 & 9, 2023)
The best events, activities, and exhibitions held this weekend in Osaka
Are you searching for things to do this weekend in Osaka? Well, this is the article for you.
Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities, has many events going on all the time. So many things are happening simultaneously, that you might overlook an event you would be interested in. Art exhibitions, musical concerts, sporting events, seasonal food events, cultural events, etc… What we hope this article does is to avoid that you from overlooking an event that may interest you.
In this article, I will share 10 of the most talked about events happening this weekend in Osaka. If you live in Osaka and have some free time, or if you happen to be visiting Osaka during this week, then I hope at least one of these events will interest you to check it out.
The culture surrounding Spring in Japan
Before we go to the list of events this weekend, let me share with you a little trivia regarding spring in Japan.
In Japan, spring is the season of “goodbyes and new encounters”. This is said because the school year ends in March; in other words, it is graduation season. It is sad to say goodbye, but it is also a season of hope and new challenges. In April, students will start the new year and people who freshly graduated from the university will start their new jobs.
Spring is also the season of flowers. The coldness of winter will fade away as the warmth of spring will come along with the colorful flowers and events related to this. This can be said especially about cherry blossoms. Sakura-related events will be held all across the country, and Osaka is no exception.
Spring is also a season with many traditional days such as Hinamatsuri (ひな祭り) and Shunbun no Hi (春分の日) in march as well as Golden Week which includes Showa no Hi (昭和の日), Constitution Day (憲法記念日), Greenery Day (みどりの日), and Children’s Day (こどもの日).
Here are some articles about things to do during spring in Japan.
▶Spring in Japan: 10 Best Things to Do in 2023
▶10 Best Things to Do in Tokyo in Spring
▶10 Best Things to Do in Kyoto in Spring
▶10 Best Things to Do in Osaka in Spring
Ok, now that you know a little bit about spring-related Japanese culture, here is the event list in Osaka this weekend (April 8 & 9, 2023).
1. “Mickey & Friends” OH MY CAFE (Osaka)
Event Period: March 16 to April 23, 2023
Location: Collabo_Index SHINSAIBASHI (former: OH MY CAFE OSAKA)
Official Website: https://mf-retro.ohmycafe.jp/information/osaka/
|Access||2 minutes walk from Shinsaibashi Station.|
2. 5th Washu Fes at Osaka Bay Tower
Event Period: April 8 to 9, 2023
Location: Osaka Bay Tower
Official Website: https://sakefes.com/
|Access||1 minute walk from Bentencho Station.|
3. Spring Harvest
Event Period: March 4 to May 28, 2023
Location: Sakai Green Museum Harvest Hill
Official Website: https://farm.or.jp/event/10906
|Access||7 minutes walk from Miikedaiminami (Bus)|
4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Magical Creatures Encounter
Event Period: March 17 to December 31, 2023
Location: Universal Studio Japan
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/ja/jp/events/the-wizarding-world-of-harry-potter/magical-creatures-2023
|Access||4 minutes walk from Universal City Station|
5. Naked City Light Fantasia
Event Period: January 13 to May 28, 2023
Location: Harukas 300 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 545-0052
Official Website: https://naked.co.jp/works/17500/
|Access||4 minutes walk from Abeno Station.|
6. Expo’70 Commemorative Park Cherry Blossom Festival “Higashioji Street Cherry Blossom Light Up
Event Period: March 31 to April 9, 2023
Location: Higashioji Cherry Blossom Tree Area in the Natural and Cultural Gardens
Official Website: https://www.expo70-park.jp/event/56998/
|Access||21 minutes by Bus from JR Ibaraki Station to Kinen Koen Nishiguchi then 8 minutes walk to Natural and Cultural Gardens.|
7. The 55th Spring Hanging Basket Exhibition
Event Period: March 28 to April 9, 2023
Location: Sakuya Konohanakan Petite English Garden
Official Website: https://www.sakuyakonohana.jp/event/15639/
|Access||10 minutes walk from Yokozutsumi Station.|
8. Special Exhibition “Poison”
Event Period: March 18 to May 28, 2023
Location: Osaka City Museum of Natural History Nature Hall
Official Website: https://www.ktv.jp/event/dokuten/
|Access||About 4 minutes from Nagai Station.|
9. Osaka Bay Tower Okyu Sweets Collection PRINCESS & PRINCE
Event Period: March 1 to May 14, 2023
Location: Osaka Bay Tower SKY BUFFET 51
Official Website: https://baytower.jp/shopnews/sweets-collection-princess-prince/
|Access||1 minute walk from Bentencho Station.|
10. “Meccha! Insect Exhibition”
Event Period: March 18 to June 25, 2023
Location: Hirakata Park Event Hall
Official Website: https://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/23-insect-exhibition
|Access||10 minutes walk from Hirakata Koen Station.|
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I hope you enjoyed this article about events in Osaka this weekend. As I previously mentioned, it can be difficult to keep track of every festival, exhibition, and other event happening in Osaka, so hopefully, this article serves as a reference for you to find things to do in Osaka.
There’s also an article about events in Osaka during the week. Check out the link below!
▶Event List in Osaka This Week (April 3 to 9, 2023).
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