Kansai Trip 2015 – Osaka Castle Park

I don’t do too well with crowds, so I chose to stay far away from the Shinsaibashi – Namba Area when I visited Osaka last September 2015. I found out that the area around Osaka Castle Park was my kind of place.

 

Osaka Castle

The Castle was walking distance from my hotel, so I made my way to the park first thing in the morning. As with most parks in Japan, it was already filled with old and young people on their morning jogs.

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It was quite a big park, with two moats around the castle itself, as well as a garden, an event hall, several sports fields etc.

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It’s also really pretty.

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The Castle itself opens at 9AM. I was there early and was one of the first in line. I got myself the 2-Day Osaka Amazing Pass, which includes unlimited subway ride and entrance to a number of Osaka Attractions for two days. Osaka Castle was included in the pass so I took the chance to explore it.

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The inside of the castle was a museum and was very modern. It has elevators! The exhibits showed the history of the castle (which was a very colorful history indeed – I won’t spoil). Photos were forbidden, but I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this poster for an upcoming event. Because it looks so badass!

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There was this really big cat (see human for scale) napping outside the castle, right next to the queue for tickets. Tourists kept bothering it.

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By the time I reached the exit, the park was already filled with people, and the queue for the castle has gotten long. I checked out the concessionaires outside and had soft-serve. In the photo is blueberry from blueberry-growing prefecture (I forgot which one, LOL). They also have Cremia, which is a must-try.

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The Osaka Amazing Pass included entrance to the Nishi no Maru Garden next to the castle, although there wasn’t much to see in the summer.

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The Garden was the residence of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s wife back in the day. In spring, this place comes to life with cherry blossoms. Of course, there’s a nice alternate view of the Castle Tower.

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Sooo – I lied. The real reason I wanted to be near Osakajo-koen was because V6 concert was at Osaka Castle Hall. I didn’t have a ticket for this concert (I hit for Yoyogi), but I thought I would try and see if someone would sell me their tickets, or if scalper prices were reasonable. I spent the afternoon in the park with my sign. Five hours under the heat and 3 soft-serve cones later… nope, didn’t get a ticket. Oh well. I did get goods, though.

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