The Osaka Castle or Ōsakajō is one of the many landmarks one must visit in Osaka. The castle which was built in 1583, thanks to Hideyoshi Toyotomi, was considered to be the largest castle at that time. In today’s time, the castle was turned to a museum containing information about the castle’s history. Tourists and locals also flock to Osaka Castle Park during cherry blossom season.
There are many food stalls that sells takoyaki or octopus balls, beef on sticks, desserts, and other yummy Japanese food in Osaka Castle Park. Fill your tummies with delicious Japanese street food before you enter Osaka Castle as food and drinks are not permitted inside.
Once you enter the castle you will be pleasantly surprised to know that it has air-conditioning, which is nice during the summer as it can get really hot and humid in Japan, and has an elevator (something my tired feet were thankful for). The panoramic view from the observation deck of the castle was amazing! You may also dress up as a Japanese warrior and have your photo taken. This experience comes with a fee of ¥500.
Hours: Osaka Castle is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but during holidays and special exhibitions, hours may be extended. It is important to note that Osaka Castle is closed from December 28 to January 1.
Cost: A ticket to enter Osaka Castle is ¥600 or approximately CAD$8 as of August 2016. Anyone aged 15 and under are free to enter.
Address: 〒540-0002 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City
How to get there? You can either get off at Tanimachi 4-chrome Station (Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line) or at Osakajokoen Station (JR loop line).