August 2, 2015 Osaka Castle, Japan


It was an easy stroll (roughly 20 minutes) to Osaka castle from the Osakajokoen train station, but it still was a very exhausting one for me. It was noon when we dropped by and the sun was rather intimidating. There weren’t many tourists and the charming cherry blossoms were absent. The entire park was covered in green, just bright and ordinary.

From the moment I stepped foot at the entrance of the castle, I can’t help but stare at the huge structures in front of me. It was my first time seeing a Japanese castle and it was hard to keep my jaw from dropping. From what I can recall, the castle dates back in 1583 when Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's unifier, ordered to have it built. It was attacked and destroyed after his death but was reconstructed until 1997.

To get in, you’d have to buy a ticket at a vending machine outside the castle’s entrance. If I remembered correctly, I paid ¥600 and got a paper ticket which doubled as a souvenir. In case you’re wondering what’s inside, there’s an observation deck at the top floor that lets you view the entire scenery of the park and the main tower (from 1st to 7th floor if I’m not mistaken) are set up as a history museum.

The castle ground has a wide spot as well for locals and tourists to hang out. There’s this side with carts that sell takoyaki, crepes, and green tea ice cream. You'll be saved from all the walking. Lol.

If you happen to visit Osaka, don’t forget to squeeze in a trip to Osaka Castle especially during the cherry blossom season. Thousands flock to see the hundreds of cherry trees in its lawn garden.

Truly a beautiful sight.

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