Osaka Castle - peaceful late-autumn days
Osaka Castle (大阪城 - Osakajou) is known as the dazzling gem attracting tourists to the city of the same name, Osaka. The castle is not only an essential historical witness, but it also carries many memories from the Sengoku period of The Land of the Rising Sun. This castle also appeals to tourists for its beautiful atmosphere and natural scenery once autumn approaches
On a late-autumn day in November, when the whole place was filled with the yellow color of leaves and calm autumn wind, I got the opportunity to visit Osaka Castle - one of my favorite historical sites ^^
Let's find out about Osaka Castle together!
Osaka Castle is one of the most important historic sites and tourist attractions in Japan. It was built in 1583 by one of the most famous lords of Japan at the time - Hideyoshi Toyotomi
After many times of complete reconditioning, recovery, and repair, we can finally see the subtle and serene castle as it is today.
Surrounding Osaka Castle is a large park full of rows of cherry blossom trees. It is also known as one of the best spots to go cherry blossom viewing in Japan in spring ^^
I came across this cute fellow while walking around in the park of Osaka Castle
How did I get to Osaka Castle?
I departed from Osaka Station and went to Osakajokoen, the final station of Osaka Loop Line (it took me only around 10 minutes)
Another way to get there is by choosing the closest station to Osaka Castle, which is JR Station at Osaka Castle Park. You can walk from Morinomiya Station of JR Line, the subway to Osaka Castle Park, to avoid the crowd. When you leave Morinomiya, turn left, and you'll see Osaka Castle Park.
As Osaka Castle is huge (as far as I know, there are around 8 stations nearby), there are many stations for you to choose from. However, in my experience, the two ways I mentioned above are the most convenient.
Admission fee to Osaka Castle
My admission ticket took 900 yen, as it was an all-in-one ticket (including admission to Osaka Museum of History. If you only want to pay a visit to Osaka Castle, it'll take 600 yen for adults and free for middle school students or younger.
Astounded by the unique beauty of Osaka Castle
The first time I visited Osaka Castle, I was impressed by its solemn and sophisticated beauty.
I went there at the end of autumn, so the rows of trees covered with the faint pink color of the cherry blossoms were no longer there. Instead, the trees covered themselves with the shiny reddish-yellow color, thus having their very own autumn feel and atmosphere.
The reddish-yellow color of the trees decorates and highlights the peaceful and calm beauty of Osaka Castle during late autumn days - like a warrior resting for a while after long-lasting battles
Taking a tour inside Osaka Castle
As I take an interest in Japanese historical sites, I took a little tour and researched from level 1 to level 8 of Osaka Castle.
From level 1 to level 7, there were mainly areas displaying historical data during Hideyoshi Toyotomi's lifetime, like models for the restoration of the castle, weapons like helmets, swords, and tiny figures describing the battlefields.
I then took the elevator to level 8 - also the top level of Osaka Castle to overlook the city of Osaka via the 3D observatory. I was astounded because it was not the modern Osaka that I saw, but rather the ancient Osaka.
However, my personal favorite was still level 2, because I could learn the basic knowledge of Osaka Castle's development and other castles in Japan. I also could try out helmets and combats vest from the Sengoku period that had been restored
My visit to Osaka Castle on a late-autumn day left me with many special memories and emotions. Therefore, I really want to show you this place the next time you come to Osaka. What are you waiting for? Grab your backpack and get there right away! I assure you that the scenery there won't disappoint you ^^
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