A castle constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a shogun who started the unification of the country.
The main castle is located right in the center surrounded by a moat. To get to the castle requires lots of walking.
Firstly it takes about 10-15 mins from the subway station to the main gate (Otemon Gate) and from there another 10 minutes to the foothill of the castle. Just enjoy the serenity of the park surrounding the place and you'll eventually get there.
It costs 600 Yen to get into the castle which now houses a museum to showcase the history of Toyotomi. It is an educational visit and illustrates the history of Japan under the rule of shogun.
Next, the castle has 8 floors. If you're not up to walking up, there's a lift that takes you up to 5th floor. It's recommended to start from the top and slowly move down. The top floor is the observatory deck.
Overall it's a pleasant walk if it's not with the rainfall that hits Japan during summer.
I will recommend a visit to Osaka Castle if you're in Osaka. But not advisable for young children and old folks as the scaling of the stairs will be too difficult for them.
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