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The appearance of striking pink petals signals the start of spring in Japan. Cherry blossom season, also known as hanami (which means “flower viewing”), begins at the end of March, and the number one activity during this time is to simply take in the views. Combine the site-seeing with copious amounts of eating and drinking for a truly good time at any of these top spots for picnics among the cherry blossoms in Osaka.
The Japan Mint is exactly what you think you think it is—a governmental building responsible for making and monitoring Japanese coins. It is also home to more than 300 cherry trees in more than 100 varieties. For just one week, at the start of every April (usually the second week of the month), the grounds are open to the public so anyone can enjoy the flowers. A stroll through the Mint this time of year is quite beautiful. While there, be sure to check out the Mint Museum, as well.
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park’s main claim to fame is flowers, so it would stand to reason that the grounds would thrive during cherry blossom season. Originally the site of the 1990 International Garden and Greenery Expo, the park has remained home to a variety of exotic flora, as well as the largest greenhouse in the nation. There is a lot to do at the park, and there is even a restaurant, if you’d rather pick up your picnic when you arrive. Head across the grounds to have your picnic among the cherry trees, and be sure to check out the traditional Japanese tea house when you’re finished.