Catch the late bloomers at the Mint

sakura at the mint
The Hiroshima branch of the Japan Mint in Itsukaichi opens for one week only from Wednesday April 16 to give the public the opportunity to enjoy some 57 varieties of late blooming cherry trees within its grounds. The blossoms, mostly varieties of Yaezakura, really are gorgeous and quite different from the someiyoshino blossoms that colored Hiroshima city center pink a week or two ago.

This year’s “bloom of the year” goes to the hanagasa or parasol sakura (pictured above) which hails from Hokkaido and is characterized by its relatively large size and slightly crimson coloring.

See photos from the mint a couple of years ago here and check out further details here.


Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.