Once inside the outer wall, a few more minutes of walking is required before you get to the Sakuramon gate which is part of the inner wall along the inner moat. From there, Osaka Castle would just be a few meters ahead.
Entrance to Osaka Castle Museum requires an admission fee of 600JPY. There are various exhibits inside the museum. When we visited, we enjoyed the exhibit of the swords and armor used during the Summer War. The craftsmanship and steelwork on the blades were amazing.
Although most of the descriptive texts are in Japanese, the pertinent ones have available english translations. It described how the blades were forged and the technique used by different swordsmiths of that era. It was particularly interesting to know that each swordsmith has a distinctive style when they forge the blades which becomes evident in the way the swords had these individual nuances to them. Aside from the blades, the exhibit also showcases some of the most notable scabbards and hilts. There was this one hilt made entirely out of a tiger's tail!
The museum also has other exhibits on different floors. There's a whole floor dedicated to the history of the castle itself. The story is presented through animated dioramas. The dialogue is in Nihonggo but there are english descriptions beside each "window" to guide non-speakers from story to story.
At the top floor of the castle, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Osaka from the observation deck.
Guests can easily access the castle through Tanimachi-yon-chome Station or Temmabashi Station. Check out this informative map from www.osakacastle.net to learn more about how to get to and from Osaka Castle.
- Wear comfy shoes and clothes! You're gonna do a lot of walking.
- The paths leading up to the castle are lined with Sakura trees! If you can swing it, try visiting the castle during sakura season for some good ol' Hanami
- Outside the inner moat, there's a separate garden called NISHINOMARU Garden, which is a beautiful place for Hanami, as well.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Visit the website for Osaka Castle at www.osakacastle.net