Hanami in Shukugawa & Osaka
Before I catch up with some overdue posts, I wanted to upload these to celebrate what has turned out to be a very resilient sakura season — despite almost 4 straight days of gloomy, rainy weather while they were in full bloom, the majority of trees around Kobe and Osaka managed to hang onto their blossoms long enough for people to enjoy them in the sun a few days later!
I was on the way to the Osaka Mint Bureau (this year’s new hanami spot) when the train stopped at Shukugawa, and I realized I’d never uploaded the pictures I took there last spring, so here they are!
Osaka Mint Bureau
I’ve known for a few years now that the Osaka Mint Bureau opens their doors to the public for free during peak sakura season, but for one reason or another I had never made it out there. This year though, I was chasing the sun (it had rained all weekend) so on a Thursday evening after work I set out to on the trip to Osaka.
The Mint Bureau is located (at least) 15 mins. walking distance from three different stations: Temmabashi (Tanimachi subway line), Osaka Tenmangu (JR line), and Kyobashi (Keihan line). I recommend the Temmabashi route — you’re only allowed to walk through the Bureau from south to north (one-way) for crowd control purposes, and also the station has a lot of useful signs to help you find your way!
Food and drinks are not allowed on the Bureau’s grounds, but on the road parallel to it (next to the river) are countless food stalls surrounded by sakura trees. If you are hungry, I would recommend detouring down that area first, before walking through the Bureau’s gates.
The crowd was significant, even on a Thursday, but people were encouraged to keep moving so it never felt claustrophobic. Some trees had already finished blooming, while others were still at their peak — there are many varieties of cherry blossom trees on the grounds, so it’s hard to be completely disappointed during your visit!
Overall, I’m glad I finally made the trek to the Osaka Mint Bureau! Now I have one more place to add to my hanami list!