Osaka Castle: The symbol of Osaka since 1583

Osaka Castle, one of the must-see building, must-go place in Osaka. It was built in 1585, during Azuchi-Momoyama period. The one we see today, it is the third generation. If you visit the Osaka Castle, you will see and experience the castle should be built because of wars. Same as most of the castles in Europe, each king needs to protect their people and show their power to other kings. The castle was constructed on a small hill and surrounded by a moat.

half day for visiting Osaka Castle

Before traveling, I made a plan for the trip. As the schedule, we have 3 hours to stay at the Castle… However, it’s a castle with a huge park. We arrived at Morinomiya station at 9:00 am in the morning. We chose one of the exits which direct to Osaka Castle. Once, we went out the exit. Wow!!! What a totally different world with the busy city. I couldn’t believe we only took 10 to 20 minutes of the metro system and it’s the world with full of plants, green, fresh air. Also, you will see the tower.

The tower of Osaka Castle in a corner of the Osaka Castle park

If you get lost in the park, follow people, the tourist groups, they will lead you to the entrance of the castle.

At the first entrance to the castle which is the one and the only road to across the moat. You shall see some huge stones / big rocks. Tired? These rocks not for sitting but for stepping. The horses were too big and too high and Japanese couldn’t reach it. Therefore, they need the rocks to step it on and to ride the back of the horses.

Keep going and you will see the Osaka Castle after the second turn. There are some vendors if you are tired, take a rest and have some snacks.

I highly recommend the one on the left-hand side when you face to the Osaka castle. It sells Matcha product, I couldn’t forget the taste of matcha ice cream, especially the double thick one. It was under a 35-degree weather and we were so tired and hungry. There are five products on the menu and we have five people but two of my family just want to share with someone else. We chose three items. It is super delicious! The ice cream was thick enough and soft. The taste of matcha full of my mouth. We couldn’t stop until finished all of them and would like to have more.

A history museum

What is it in the castle? Follow the route, you are going to experience Japanese culture, the history of the Osaka castle and the story of the leaders in the castle. In the museum, you cannot take pictures in the third and the fourth floor. Oh! Do you need to go toilets? The one and the only, it is on the second floor. Go to the toilet before you start visiting the museum and go again while leaving.

View of the Osaka city

On the 8th floor which is the observation deck. Look at the Osaka city from 50 meters above the ground. Also, you will see some details of the Osaka castle.

the view from the observation deck

It’s about three hours since we arrived at the station. I totally underestimated the duration we need in here so if you are going to have fun here. It is worth for a one-day trip.

“Leave a whole day trip for Osaka Castle Park.”

Information of the Osaka Castle

Open: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.)

Closed: December 28th through January 1st

Admission fee: Adults 600 Japanese yen. (15 years old and younger: free)
If you have Osaka amazing pass, it’s free! Click here to see what is Osaka amazing pass.

Nearby stations: Morinomiya, Temmabashi, Tanimachi 4-chome

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