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Monday, March 24, 2014

Osaka Castle {Japan}

Happy Monday Y'all!  
For today's post, I want to share the last place we visited before leaving Osaka. I still have a couple Japan posts I want to share with you, but hopefully they will be done soon.  

Osaka Castle 

Osaka Castle was built in the late 1500s by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The story goes that Toyotomi loved gold and had the exterior of the Main Tower covered in gold accents. This castle was important in a lot of the wars throughout the country, and helped unify the nation. After a fire and some other damage, the castle was reconstructed in 1931. In 1955, the castle was recognized as a Special Historical Site. The inside of the castle is now a 6 story museum. 

You have to pay to get into the museum, but the views from the top of the castle are pretty cool. We checked out the museum, and to be honest I pretty much ran through. Matt really enjoyed it, but I was so tired I just wanted to go to the airport. 

 The walls surrounding the castle. 

Even though I was so ready to go back home, I really am glad we stopped by Osaka Castle. I think if you are in the area- you really should stop here. The park was really nice to walk through and it's free just to see the castle. You only pay to go inside the museum. It's a beautiful castle to see and it's so different from the palaces here in Korea. 

Basic Information
Cost: 600 Yen for museum *Under 15 FREE
Hours: 9:00 - 5:00 {Closed from December 31 - Jan 1}
Location1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
*We took the train and it was really easy to get to. Here is a list of all the options to get there. 
*Lockers are provided for 100 Yen for bags or jackets.* 
{For more information click here

Have you ever been to Osaka Castle? Would you go? 

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