Osaka Castle (Osakajo) truly lives to its promise as "Majestic Urban Oasis, which welcomes the people with changing seasonal views" as it is said on its website.
The castle's aquamarine color ornated with golden embellishments perfectly complements the rosy pink color of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
The whole castle keep and the Osaka Park covers 106.7 hectares. It is landscaped with 600 Cherry trees and guarded by colossal stone walls.
It is a major attraction in the city where you can find the best variety of food in Japan, hailed as the Food Capital of Japan. It's a relaxing place to relax and unwind for both Osakans and travel bugs.
If you get to Osaka for your food discovery, make sure you include Osaka Castle on your bucketlist.
After leisurely strolling the castle keeps and the park, visitors can go straight to Osaka Castle Museum to learn deeper and appreciate the castle's past more. There is also a souvenir shop near for your keepsake shopping.
On the second to seventh floor of the castle, the Osaka Castle Museum exhibits the historical materials and miniature figures depicting the history of Osaka castle and its people.
There is also an observation deck 50-meters above the ground where the visitors can enjoy the 360-view of the city's entirety.
You can also try wearing helmet and surcoat and have your individual or group photo taken for just 300 Yen as souvenir.
Apart from strolling the castle area, why not try touring around the city of Osaka by riding in an Aqua bus called "Aqualiner"?
Access by train:
From Tokyo, it will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes to Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. And, about 13 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Osaka-jo Koen Station via JR Osaka Station.
From Osaka, the castle area is 18 minutes away from Tennoji to Osaka-jo-koen Station by JR Loop Line.
The castle opens at 9:00 am. It is best to visit the castle in the morning, so you can have more time to explore the city in the afternoon.
There is a 600-Yen Entrance fee for adults, and 15 years old and younger can enter the castle for free.
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