This April, for the first time in 3 years, the Osaka Mint Bureau held its cherry blossom viewing event. The Osaka Mint Bureau is the head office of Japan Mint and has various responsibilities related to coins. However, it's famous for it's 300 cherry trees, and every April opens its gates for 1 week to the public. There are over 100 cherry varieties, some quite rare, and they never fail to disappoint! This year visitors had to make reservations to enter, and we were able to get a spot on the very first day. Despite iffy weather, the cherry blossoms were in perfect condition, and the crowds were far, far less than in the past. It was a delight to be there after a 3 year break.
Osaka Mint Information: www.japan-guide.com/e/e4008.html
Video of visiting Osaka Mint: www.youtube.com/watch?v=95YzxcguKdI
Information about cherry blossom varieties: khaawsflowerpicture.com/english-main/cherry-english-page/
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