Mint Museum, OsakaCurrently Open
- Address: Japan, 〒530-0043 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Kita Ward, Tenma, 1−1−79
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:45 pm Details
- Phone: +81-663518509
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Family And Kids
About Mint Museum, Osaka
There are over 4000 items on exhibit in this museum on Japanese coin and currency. The collection is housed inside a building that used to be an old thermal power plant. See a miniature of the mint complex of it's 1873 layout. View the 1876 Great Clock. See The Balance used to test the purity of gold, and Japan's oldest Double-Entry Accounting Book. There's also an antique Hepburn dictionary. Lift the Senryoubako, a chest originally used to store 1000 gold coins. Finally, see the illuminated displays of old coins. Some of the highlights include Olympic medals, the Tensho Hishi Oban (a coin minted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi), Japan’s oldest western-style gas lamp, and gold and silver ingots, That's not the museum's only appeal. In front of the museum is a cherry tree line avenue. The trees bloom spectacularly in spring, drawing many people to the sight.
Mint Museum Information
- Advance booking is required for the guided tour.
Mint Museum Opening and Closing Hours
- Last admission at 4pm.
- Closed Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, Golden Week holidays, summer Bon holidays, and year-end and new-year holidays.
- Guided tours Monday - Friday: at 9am, 10am, 10:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Tours last 90 minutes.
How To reach Mint Museum by Public Transport
- Keihan Line Keihan-Nakanoshima Line Tanimachi Line stop Temmabashi Station (Tenmabashi Station).
- Bus 36 stop Higashitenma Higashitenma (bus).
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Mint Museum, Osaka Reviews
Free museum with a nice collection of Japanese coinage throughout history as well as a number of oddball coins of the world. It's a rather small museum taking only about 30-45 minutes to see everything. Worth a trip for those that like coins, but maybe a skip for less interested non-Japanese speakers.
Really informative and detailed museum covering the history of the currency, as well as how it's made. Factory tours are available but require advance sign up. I don't think same day tours are offered. However, all materials and info are in Japanese, no English. Go through the main gates of the mint for a security badge to access the museum. Along the short path are some cool historical sights.
Probably one of the more interesting museums, and free too! Nice area for walking, visit if you have time.
Osaka is where all the mint being produced since Edo. This museum provides a very thorough look on the history as well as some valuable and rare coin collection
If you’re visiting the mint (and not for the flowers or other event), the mint is almost entirely in Japanese with little translations. It’s a small 3 floor building with some stuff, but less interesting if you can’t understand much. The place is free, but not a must-go if you’re visiting Osaka. Hours are 9am - 5pm.