One of the very famous landmarks in Japan, the Osaka Castle is a Japanese castle surrounded by beautiful and serene surroundings. The entrance to the castle is impressive and the compound is huge. The castle tower was rebuilt and renovated with an elevator inside including an observation deck where visitors can enjoy a scenic view of Osaka Castle. Every floor of the castle tower has a large variety of valuable historical materials on display including the castle’s history and the life of Japan’s second “great unifier” – Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
One of the most interesting things I encountered during my visit was the very advanced technology of representing the 19 scenes of Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s life with three-dimensional figures in miniature that moved around. It was an enjoyable experience visiting Osaka Castle and I would recommend it to anyone. The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line from JR Osaka Station and the journey is approximately 10 minutes. The following link provides more information on the Osaka Castle including admission fee. (Year 2013)