Osaka Castle Park is a massive complex in the middle of Osaka. It’s nothing like I’ve seen in Japan. Japan is filled with history and the country is rich in culture.
There are only a few places in this world with as much history as Japan — China, the Middle East, Greece and Italy. Osaka Castle Park is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. It played a major role in unifying Japan in the 16th century. It sits on 16 acres of land filled with important Japanese culture.
Osaka Castle Park castle grounds are guarded by an outer moat. The moat expands around the castle grounds with only a few gates to enter the complex. The central castle is 5 stories when looking on the outside; within the castle, it’s an 8 stories building. It’s an architectural feat because it was built on a stone foundation to protect from attackers. The castle has been reconstructed throughout its existence.
I walked over from Nakanoshima Park. Osaka Castle Park was close to lunch time and the locals were filling the restaurants. There were a number of tourists in the area but it wasn’t overbearing packed. The park grounds was free to enter but there was a 600 Yen (i.e., ~5 USD) fee to enter the castle. Within the castle, there is a viewing deck with panoramic views of Osaka.
It’s definitely a must-stop while you’re in Osaka along with Nakanoshima Park, Sumiyoshi Tasha, and Dotonbori. It’s a piece of history from the 16th century and a visit would appease any history buff. I know it satisfied my expectations not like Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace.
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