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“Torinuke” Sakura viewing at the Osaka Mint

Are you in Osaka wanting to see some beautiful cherry blossoms but already missed the full bloom season? Well don’t you fret because you still have a chance at the Osaka Mint Bureau!

The 2016 Cherry Blossom Viewing in Osaka will be held from April 8 to April 14th. Read on for more details!

 

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Sakura at Osaka mint

 

 

Have you ever wondered where Japanese coins come from?

 

Well, they are made by Japan Mint and the head office happens to be the Osaka Mint Bureau (造幣局, zouheikyoku). However, for just one week during the sakura season, people flock to the Osaka Mint not to see the coins but to see the 300 beautiful sakura trees in over 100 varieties.

 

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Sakura at Osaka Mint

 

Sakura viewing at the Osaka Mint is a little different from others as it is not a park. It is more like a path with everyone walking through in the same direction.

This annual tradition of walking along the path and viewing the sakura is called “Torinuke” (通り抜け, means pass-through).  This 560 meter long path was first constructed during the Meiji Period in the year 1871. 1883 was the first year the Mint Master decided to allow the public to see the beautiful cherry blossoms. Now, thousands of visitors from all over Japan come just to see these cherry blossoms.

 

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Sakura at Osaka mint

photo cr : Osaka tourist information center

 

 

Since this garden has been around for so long, some very rare varieties of sakura can be seen here. Such as the Beni-temari (red ball) and the Oo-temari (big ball).

As you can tell from the names, these flowers bloom so close together, that they look like balls or pom poms

(Source: http://ja.japantravel.com/osaka/osaka-mint-sakura/1161).

 

 

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Sakura at Osaka mint

 

Most of the varieties of cherry blossoms at the Osaka Mint are Yae-Zakura which are late blooming. They also have more petals than the earlier blooming, five petaled Somei Yoshino (the most abundant variety of sakura in Japan).

Thus you can still enjoy viewing sakura here even if the earlier blooming types have already fallen.

Every year, a blossom of the year is picked and for this year it is….

 

…..drumroll please….

the Botan! It has 15 petals and resembles pink peonies.

 

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image from http://www.mint.go.jp

 

 

If you do get the chance to visit, make sure to enter from the South Gate as the path is one-way (or else everything would be a chaotic mess as there are sooo many visitors).

Since it is a path and not a park, hanami picnics and parties are now allowed. However, there are food stalls outside the Mint Bureau so you can still enjoy a festival atmosphere. Also, make sure to check it out at nighttime as well as the path will be beautifully lit-up.

Useful Information

Dates: April 8,2016 – April 14, 2016
Time: Weekdays 10:00 – 21:00
Weekends 9:00 – 21:00
*please enter at least 30 mins before closing time
Address: Osaka, Kita-ku, Temma 1-1-79
Admission: Free

Access

The nearest station to the South Gate is Temmabashi station (Tanimachi-sen subway).

It is a 15 minute walk from Temmabashi Station (Tanimachi-sen / Keihan Private Railway) and also a 15 minute walk from Osaka Tenmangu Station (Tozai-sen).

SALE PERIOD IS OVER FOR THIS TOUR.

For those who want to participate in walking tour, we have very special offer!

  • Walking through Sakura tunnel in Osaka Mint Bureau ¥3000/person (Left) reservation o-inbound@his-world.com

  • For Nara yoshino tour (right)>> Please contact us for more information.

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That’s all for today. See you next blog.

 

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