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Osaka Castle

 

 

osaka castle

 

Beautifully standing in the middle of a lush and well-maintained park. The Osaka Castle is a building made with intricate details and well thought of design. An abundance of foliage covers the gardens around the castle grounds.

 

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The Fountain

 

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This place is massive!

 

Built in the 16th century, the castle has been one of Japan’s most famous landmark. Standing at eight storeys, this castle has endured destruction and reconstruction for over 400 years. The construction began in 1583 funded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a powerful daimyo or feudal lord. It was destroyed after a series of wars and was reconstructed after.

 

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Green water in the moat

 

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Trees covered with ivy in the castle grounds

 

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Nice small details

 

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massive stone walls

 

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The moat

 

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It was cloudy with a little bit of rain when I visited but it’s worth it!

 

The castle stands tall in the middle of its 60,000 square metre grounds. You can see the gold details even from afar. Although  picturesque and towering, the inside is more of a museum than a castle. Some floors have limited access and visitors can only go around the exhibits or the glass covered displays. There is a lift in the middle of the castle which takes the visitors from the entrance floor until the top floor. The top floor is open and everyone can take picture (displays in the inside can’t be photographed). The top floor has a souvenir shop as well. The difficult part is the going down through the tiny stairs.

 

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Autumn in Osaka

 

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Memorial of Osaka (Ishiyama) Hongan-ji Temple. The temple stood here before the construction of the castle

 

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The torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine

 

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Gold design with protection. Must be 24k gold…

 

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View from the top

 

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How to get to Osaka Castle:

 

Location:

  • 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan

Subway:

  • Tanimachi Subway Line, Tanimachi 4-chrome Station Exit 1-B or  Temmabashi Station Exit 3
  • Chuo Line, Tanimachi 4-chrome Station Exit 9 or Morinomiya Station Exit 1 or 3-B
  • Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line, Morinomiya Station Exit 3-B or Osaka Business Park Station Exit 1
  • Osaka Loop Line, Morinomiya Station or Osakajokoen Station
  • Tozai Line, Osakajokitazume Station
  • Keihan Main Line, Temmabashi Station

Open Hours:

  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Closed on Mondays

 

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just feeling touristy (you need to pay for the costume and for the ojiisan to take a picture)