Osaka Castle is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich landmarks in Japan. Built from 1583-1597, it played a major role in the unification of Japan and was burned down / struck by lightning a couple of times since. It’s definitely a highlight for anyone visiting Osaka, especially in spring when the whole surrounding palace grounds are filled with cherry blossoms. It was quite the opposite because we visited the castle in winter but we avoided the large crowds and everything was quite peaceful. The dreary overcast definitely made it feel like I had traveled back in time and it’s something I hardly experience at home. Osaka castle is open to the public every day from 9am-5pm and there is a 600 yen admission fee if you want to explore the 8 floor museum inside.
Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside so I wasn’t able to capture much but you start from the ground up, finishing at the 8th floor observatory with 360 views of the castle grounds. Appreciating the cityscapes of Osaka on a gloomy day~
My favourite view of the castle on the other side of the moat. Super majestic :’)
There are many footpaths and areas to relax around the castle if you want to take things slow and soak it all in. If you’re down for a bite, check out the nearby food stands selling hot snacks and sweet desserts.
Probably looking up where to eat next…