Spring

“Torinuke” Sakura at the Osaka Mint – the Best Cherry Blossom Spot

YOSHIKO

Writer

Spring in Japan is a season for Hanami, cherry blossoms viewing. Ans Osaka, being the third largest city in Japan, boasts numerous excellent places to see these beautiful flowers. One of the best places to appreciate spring and admire the blossoms id Osaka Mint Breau indeed. In this article, I want to introduce a fascinating spring Festival in Osaka that takes place at the Osaka Mint. This festival is a Cherry Blossom Viewing Event called “Zouheikyoku Sakura no Torinuke”. This annual tradition of walking along the path and viewing the sakura is called “Torinuke”.

Matsuri Breakdown

This event started in 1883 and has been loved for more than 100 years by many people. Every year in April, at “Zouheikyoku”, which means the Mint Bureau, you can enjoy taking slow walks on the lane along  Yodo River for one week. The bureau’s beautiful lanes boast more than 350 cherry trees of about 130 varieties. Most of the trees are late-blossoming and with pretty thick flowers. Thus, the cherry blossoming season here is slightly later than usual. The dates vary due to the weather conditions from year to year.

Things To Do and See

Except for the large variety of cherry trees including Kanzan, Fugenzo, Shogetsu, Benitemari, Shibayama, Kizakura and Yokihi, you will also see some rear kinds of Sakura trees like Benitemari, Otemari, Kodemari, and Yorozakura. The colors of flowers vary from white and pastel pink to deep tones of purple and dark pink. Not everywhere you can see such a variety in the same place blooming at the same time.

When it is getting dark, cherry blossoms are lit up with ” BONBORI”. It becomes a beautiful sight indeed. “BONBORI” is a Japanese lantern paper lantern featuring a traditional shape. This place becomes a popular venue for Hanami activities, especially at night, so expect big crowds on weekends.

Cherry trees grow along the main passage that stretches for about 560m along the river. You will notice many stylish cafes and restaurants in this lane as well. Usually, when Japanese people enjoy viewing cherry blossoms, they are eating and drinking something under the trees. However, at this event, the organizers ask the visitors to refrain from making picnics. Thus, you will see no food stalls, and these cafes will be the only option to have a snack.

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Details and Access

Dates: Mid April every year. As the dates vary depending on the weather conditions, please refer to the official website of the mint bureau in the middle of March to check the exact dates.

Brief Schedule: You can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Place: Osaka Mint Bureau

Address: 1-79, Temma 1-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka

Inquiry: 06-6351-5105 (Public Relations Office of The Mint Bureau, Osaka)

Official Website: https://www.mint.go.jp/enjoy-eng/sakura-eng/eng-viewing-intro.html

Access:

15 minutes walk from Tenmabashi Station on the Tanimachi line or Keihan line.
15 minutes walk from Osaka Tenmangu Station or Osakajo Kitazume Station on the JR Tozai line.

There is no parking, so please use public transportation.

 Closing Remarks

Actually, I’ve lived in Osaka for a long time. When I went to “Zouheikyoku Sakura no Torinuke” it was very crowded. But the cherry blossoms were so beautiful that I forgot about the crowds. Sakura at the Osaka Mint Bureau is incredible and is something you should not miss if you are in town in April. Admiring cherry blossoms with locals will help you to feel the real Japanese traditions and see how people in this country harmonize with nature.The image courtesy of  m-louis .®

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Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

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.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

Here’s the link. URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2566/ 

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/osaka-kansai-cherry-blossoms-spots-sakura-festivals-feel-spring 

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1805/

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Don’t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

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YOSHIKO

I hope that my introduction articles about Japan will be helpful for your stay!

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