It is relatively minor among Osaka, which has a number of tourist attractions, but it attracts attention because it looks fashionable and has many attractions. The section where you can get in touch with the real Gold bullion is also popular, and there are many visitors.
The Mint Museum is a facility that has been rebuilt as a thermal power plant. It is located in Kita Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. It has opened as a museum to introduce the minting business. The museum was redesigned in 2009 with the aim of a museum that is both human-friendly and environmentally-friendly.
Various coins of Japan are displayed in the hall. Valuable coins such as oval gold coins in large and small sizes, “Chogin coins” and “Kocho-Junisen” (twelve coins of the Imperial Court) are also on display. In addition, the number of exhibits of foreign money, medals, crafts etc. is about 4,000. You can learn about money while having a fun tour.
The lobby on the first floor is an open-air space. The big clock that feels nostalgic somewhere is very impressive. This clock was made in 1974 by the engineer Ohno Norichika. At the beginning of construction, this clock was installed in front of the factory, and when it was on time, it sounded a bell.
Among the exhibits are other unusual exhibits such as foreign money, medals and shields of national honor awards. It is an easy-to-understand commentary on the history of the minting business in Japan, and you can enjoy the history of minting in a fun way.
In the hall, the new government’s senior officials who have made great achievements and hired foreigners are introduced in the process of making a Mint. Sometimes referred to as the Mint, it is introduced with a monetary relief rather than photographs and portraits. It is playful and interesting. You can also feel the force that you can not say anything.
There is also a section where you can touch gold and silver ingots. Usually there is no opportunity to touch gold or silver, so it will be a rare experience. Because the unique feel and heavy weight can also be felt, it is very popular from children. There are a coin bag, a corner where you can experience the weight of sen-ryo-bako, and a puzzle challenge corner, so you can enjoy it for adults and children.
The building of “Mint Museum” had used as the thermal power plant was remodeled, and was opened as a museum which carries out general public presentation of the money etc. which had been accommodated in the Mint Bureau. Domestic and abroad money such as the old coin reaches about 4000 points, the history of mintage, and the change of money, etc. are introduced, and it’s possible to visit valuable material.
There was no technology of manufacturing money in Japan in the those days when a Meiji new government established the Mint Bureau in Osaka. Then, Tomoatsu GODAI and others purchased a set of machines of the Hong Kong Mint Bureau which was in the closed state. The equipment of those days is exhibited in the site.
There are hands-on spots where one can actually experience to lift a sen-ryo-bako (a box exclusively used to store a large amount of koban (former Japanese oval gold coin) during the Edo period.) with the equivalent weight of the real one. Moreover, the experience section which a child can also enjoy touching gold and silver ingot or a puzzle challenge section are also attractive. A factory can be inspected in the money factory tour (reservation required), while hearing explanation of the guide to over glass.
Moreover, in Mint Museum, the sculptural reliefs of Hirobumi ITO, Shigenobu OKUMA, Tomoatsu GODAI who played an active part at the time of its foundation, and others are located in line.
The highlight which is most will be exhibition of unusual the oban and the koban (large and small old Japanese gold coin), a medal and a metal handicraft. The showpiece which is seen only here such as takenagashikin (gold dust melted and poured into a bamboo tube to make them into bamboo shapes) found at Yodogawa river by chance and money of non-issue are lined.
The Mint Bureau is also known about by “Sakura no torinuke” (making pathways lined with cherry trees open tothe public). Approximately 350 cherry trees of about 130 kinds are planted. The visitor during a period are about 600,000 people, and it is the famous place of the cherry tree which represents Osaka. At this time, a factory tour and a museum will be closure, so please be careful.
|Address:||1-1-79, Temma 1-chome, kita-ku, Osaka 530-0043 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tozai-sen Line “Osaka Temmangu-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|