Osaka Castle is the first day we visited on our second day on this 8 day Japan trip. We were supposed to go on the first day but since we could not check in early at our hotel and go about our day after, we skipped this on our first day. The Osaka Castle was the biggest castle built in its time. The castle complex is huge. It is surrounded with gates, moats and gardens.
HOW TO GET THERE
Since we have the 3 day JR Kansai Pass, we took the JR Loop line from Osaka station and stopped at Osakajokeon station. From the stop, it’s still a long way to the main castle because the castle grounds are so big. There is no other way to this, you have to be ready to walk a lot to visit this sight. Aside from the JR loop line, you can also take the Tanimachi Subway line or the Chuo Subway line and stop at Tanimachi 4-Chrome Station.
We saw a boat going around the moat which is also a nice way to see the area. I’m not sure where to take it since we just saw it on the way up to the castle.
We saw people taking photos dressed in Samurai costumes. It says free but not sure if it’s entirely free. There was also a restaurant across the castle. We also saw two Japanese girls in kimono in front of a Moet stand just in case you want champagne while visiting the castle. 🙂
The Osaka Castle was really majestic and there’s a clear path in front of it, perfect to take pictures or selfies. As expected it’s crowded. If you see the small house on the left, that’s where the ticket machines are for entry.
THE OSAKA CASTLE
As we approached the castle, we saw that the lines were very long. We were already gonna go line up but I stopped the schatje and I said that I should ask the girl at the ticket booth since we have the 3 day Kansai pass. I know that we have a 100 yen discount, maybe the machine does not know how to recognize that so they have to do it manually. Hence, not having to go on line. It was exactly like that. We paid with the girl and proceeded straight to the line for the elevators.
The way it works is you either take the elevator to the top floor and walk your way down or take the stairs up and walk your way down. I’m not a fan of stairs so I asked the schatje that we wait for the elevators alstublieft. While waiting on the line, I saw the free guides on the left. We borrowed a couple, just needed to present to them our passports and it was free. Fortunately, the line to the elevator was not that bad.
We were able to see the views from up top of the castle. The audio guides were nice to hear information while looking at the views.
The castle had a lot of symbolism like the fish on the roof. The picture above faces the front where we just came from wherein the samurai pictures and moet champagne were being sold. The building on the left has the restaurant.
After looking at the views, each floor had displays. We just looked at some of them and did not really stay too long because each floor was a bit crowded too.
On our way back to the station, we saw some impressive bonsai pine trees. They were also very expensive but understandably so. They are grown and mature and probably very, very old.