About my Japan trip
Following the morning in Nara, I come to Osaka to spend the rest of the afternoon wandering and exploring the top attraction of Osaka: the Osaka castle.
OSAKA – Day 1 in Japan
You might remember this place during my article on my ice-cream adventure. But this landmark is not only the symbol of Osaka or the top attraction but also a good place to relax. The castle tower is surrounded by stone walls and moats, but surround the moats are beautiful Osaka Castle Park which is free for visit.
However, to get the best view of Osaka Castle, you will have to enter Nishinomaru Garden, which requires a certain fee of 200 yen. Entering the emerald roofed tower normally costs visitors 600 yen but when I was there the structure is under construction. From the outside, Osaka Castle is a harmony of both modern and history, with the old Japanese design and an elevator to get on top of the big rock.
Because of the beautiful autumn scenery, the castle area including the park is filled with autumnal shades of yellow and dashes of red. They say, in the spring, those cherry trees in Nishinomaru Garden will bloom to their fullest and it is one of the best places in Japan for cherry blossom viewing.
Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entrance until 16:30)
Extended hours during various holidays and special exhibitions
Closed December 28 to January 1
Fees: 600 yen
Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from November through February)
Open until 20:00 during the cherry blossom season.
Closed Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), New Year holidays
Fees: 200 yen (500 yen during the extended hours of the cherry blossom season)