Osaka Castle was built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and played a pivotal role unifying Japan during the sixteenth century.
The castle is protected not by a measly wall, but by two huge moats.
The main tower was destroyed twice during the Meiji Restoration and World War II but was restored to its former glory in 1997.
That being said, if you’re a history buff with a thing for Japanese architecture, make sure you pay a visit to Osaka Castle. BUT. If you visit the castle, especially the interior, expect to see a very bland museum. I actually love museum trips. But paying to go into the castle to stare at screens playing scenes of historical happenings that had to do with the castle wasn’t that interesting.
For me, taking a few snaps of the exterior of the castle was enough to withstand 35 degree celsius weather with the sun boring down on my back at high noon.
Though during the spring or fall, the park is probably a lot more inviting.
Before making my way towards the second moat, I came upon a mysterious large building.
If you pay a fee to go into the castle where there is a, like I said before, very unentertaining museum, you can also go to the top floor for a view of the city. You can see this charming sign warning you of flying hats.
Part 3 of my Osaka adventures coming soon!