The most visited sight in Osaka.
The Osaka Castle was build 1583, and it was the largest castle at the time. It has through a lot in the years since, however a large renovation was done as late as 1997, and today it is standing tall as an important symbol of Osaka.
The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. The Nishinomaru Garden, surrounding the castle is a lawn garden with 600 cherry trees (blooming only beginning of April), a tea house, the former Osaka Guest House and nice views of the castle tower from below.
The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine, where we of cause went by to have that special castle temple stamp for our temple books.
The park is a beautiful green oasis in the middle of busy Osaka, however we went on a day where it was 35 degrees and humidity was sky high. So we went for “refugee” in a Starbucks that offered frappuccinos and aircon. Just when we left it started raining, and those 2 hours spend here turned out to be the only one where it didn’t rain while we were in Osaka.