About Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle floats majestically above the fall foliage and has a sprawling view of the city. After the Umeda Sky Building, it has the second best panoramic view. Osaka Castle is a elegant white five-tiered nine-storied architectural gem with almost 450 years of history.
It was built by one of Japan's most famous and powerful feudal lord and warrior, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. He was obsessed with gold and requested it to be incorporated into the castle’s interior and exterior decor. Most prominent pieces of gold decor are the large golden sea creatures mounted on the rooftop.
Inside Osaka Castle, each floor contains artifacts that detail the history of the city and the castle itself. Much of the story is about the life of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and how he came to be one of the most important figures in Japanese history. This castle commemorates his life and his contribution to the country of Japan.
Best Time To Visit Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle is the most crowded during fall foliage and spring’s cherry blossom season. These periods are also the most beautiful times to visit. The air is crisp, the wind is breezy and the colors of the autumn leaves and pastel pink cherry blossom flowers complement the majestic accent of the jade and gold rooftops.
This view of Osaka Castle can be seen as far as the entrance of the park. The castle sits atop of an elevated platform and, interestingly, also has a baseball diamond! I had no idea the Japanese were such big fans of American baseball.
How long to spend at Osaka Castle
Pack a lunch, put on your most comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to explore the sprawling compound. I thought I'd only spend a few hours at Osaka Castle, but this visit ended up consuming most of my day. With nine stories of imperial history inside and acres of perfectly groomed landscaping outside, it’s easy to lose track of time whether you’re a history buff or photographing for the gram. I’m the latter.