Mint Museum, Osaka
Museum exhibiting many materials
Important in the history of Japanese coins
The Mint Museum is a grand brick building refurbished from a thermal power plant, built in 1911, on the premises of the Japan Mint. It was opened in 1969 to exhibit precious coins and other materials stored by the Japan Mint as a way to introduce the minting operation to the public.
The museum exhibits big and small old gold coins, Olympic medals, plaques of the National Honorary Award, and other extremely valuable coins. In particular, the Tensho Hishi Oban, a big coin minted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi who began as a farmer but unified Japan during the period of warring states (1493-1590), arouses the romanticism of history as only a few of such coins exist in Japan.
Other exhibits include a scale that the Japan Mint used when it was established, a Hepburn Japanese-English dictionary, and Japan's oldest western-style gas lamp. The museum also has a section where visitors can experience the weight of an old sen-ryo chest used for 1,000 gold coins and a coin bag, and touch gold and silver ingots.With the exhibits, visitors can learn the history of Japan's mintage.
An advance booking is required to visit the minting plant. The one-way street from the south gate of the Japan Mint to the north gate is a famous cherry blossom site, known as sakura no torinuke (a place for cherry blossom viewing) until the middle of April every year.
Address: 1-1-79 Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Hours open to visitors: 9:00-16:45 (admission until 16:00)
Admission Fee: Free
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays (temporarily closed during sakura no torinuke season), Golden Week holidays, summer Bon holidays, and year-end and new-year holidays
Directions: 10-minute walk from Osaka Tenman Station on JR Tozai Line (20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station).
Advance booking required for visit to minting plant