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Osaka Castle is an iconic symbol that is definitely worth a visit. When you do go, be sure to enjoy Osaka Castle Park to the fullest! Here’s a guide on how to get there and what to do to make the most out of your trip. There is a video guide at the end of this blog, too.
Intro: Osaka Castle Park and Grounds
A true symbol of Osaka as well as a historically important location for all of Japan, Osaka Castle is a popular spot for people to spend a few hours or even an entire day. In addition to the eye-catching castle tower, Osaka Castle offers nice walking paths, expansive gardens, historical structures, souvenir shops, a variety of restaurants, events and performances, and more.
While entry to the castle grounds is free, visitors can pay 200 yen for entry to the Nishinomaru Garden, a vast lawn garden that has 600 cherry trees, over 1,000 plum trees, a tea house, the former Osaka Guest House and nice views of Osaka Castle Tower.
Osaka Castle grounds from above. (Photo: OSAKA-INFO)
How To Get There
There are several stations location close to Osaka Castle Park. The four closest are:
1. Tanimachi 4-chome Station (谷町四丁目駅, Tanimachiyonchome)
2. Ōsakajōkōen Station (大阪城公園駅, Osakajyokouen)
3. Morinomiya Station (森ノ宮駅, Morinomiya)
4. Temmabashi Station (天満橋駅, Temmabashi)
Osaka Castle is about a 15-20 minute walk from the closest stations.
The Three Rings
Osaka Castle Tower is surrounded by an expansive 105.6 Hectare (261 acre) castle grounds. As you start from the outside and work your way in, you will pass through a number of bridges, moats, walls, and gates. Osaka Castle Park is actually divided into three rings – Sanomaru (三の丸 lit. “Circle 3”), the outer-most ring; Ninomaru (二の丸 “lit. Circle 2”), the inner/middle ring, and Honmaru (本丸 “lit. main circle”), …continue reading