Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park is a public park in Chuo Ward, one of the 24 wards of Osaka city.
It lies on the south of the Okawa “Kyu-Yodo River” and occupies a large area in the center of the city.
Osaka Castle Park has 13 important cultural properties, including the Otemon gate, the Sengan turret, and the Enshogura magazine, along with a plum orchard and the Nishinomaru Garden that is a lawn garden with 600 hundred of cherry trees.
In the northeast corner of the garden is the tea ceremony house Hosho-an. The park is one of Osaka's most popular cherry blossom viewing spot, which usually takes place in early April.
The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers which makes it the second largest park in the city.
In its neighborhood stand the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art that presents culture and history of Osaka and a multi-purpose arena the Osaka-jo Hall with a seating capacity of 16,000.
Osaka Castle - The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer.
It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, each overlooking a moat.
The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.
The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
In summer, the Okawa “Kyu-Yodo River” in the northwest of the Osaka Castle becomes the stage for the Osaka Tenjin Festival known as one of the three largest in Japan.
The sight of a fleet of about 100 ships going down the river is a remarkable, so are the gorgeous fireworks going up at the same time.
With waterways running around the castle, there is a Water Bus Service that takes you out on a one hour cruise in the river that flows through the city.
To the northeast of the castle is Osaka Business Park “OBP”, a crop of modern high-rise buildings that form a focal point of news, culture and business in Osaka.
Skyscrapers stand side by side in the triangular OBP site, and major company showrooms and many entertainment facilities such as restaurants and the Digital Art Square are gathered here.
Osaka Castle Hours & Fee
Admission Fee: 600 yen
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 "entrance until 16:30"
Closed: December 28 to January 1
From Osaka Station – take JR Osaka Loop Line to Osaka-jo Koen Station “about 10 minutes”.
Osaka Castle - Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture