There seems to be a castle wherever you go in Japan, but Osaka Castle should be on your short list of must visit Japanese castles. Originally built in 1583, Osaka Castle is the main symbol of Osaka. If you happen to visit between late March and Early April, then you’ll be lucky to see the castle surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Now THAT would be pretty (and cost you a pretty penny).
View of the castle from the outside. The inside of the castle was completely renovated and is now a modern museum of artifacts from Osaka’s past.
Joel’s smiling here, but it was pretty darn hot. We decided to walk from our hotel, which was located about 4.8km (~3 miles) from the castle. It was a sweat fest. We also panicked a bit once we reached the castle because we noticed that our cameras were a bit moist and from our rainy adventure the day before at Miyajima Island. Fortunately, that resolved itself quickly.
Selfie (or, groupie…is that a thing?) game was strong throughout the Osaka Castle grounds. If they asked, I would have taken those photos for them.
A lot going on here.
Everyone knows it’s girth that that counts, not so much length.
This is the view from the observation deck on the 8th floor.
They’ve also got various artifacts and displays on the lower floors, but all the fun is on the 2nd floor. There you can try on samurai outfits for 300 yen. Joel had tons of fun doing just that.