Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Dec: Osaka Castle

Destination: Osaka Castle
Travel Date: December 2, 2012
Location: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm (last 4:30pm)
Entrance: Osaka Castle (600yen) + Osaka Museum History (600yen) = 900yen

How to get there:
From Osaka City Subway Chuo Line, drop-off at: TANIMACHIYONCHOME (C18), and take EXIT 09.
Crossing several streets until we had a view of Osaka Castle.

I was welcomed by these waste bags of dried leaves, Oh no!  As if I wanted to throw them back on the castle grounds.  

Good thing that there are still areas those were not yet swept away by the cleaners.

Passing by the bridge to reach Otemon Gate.

Try to budget your time and visit the insides of the castle.

Must try are the street food like takoyaki and toasted dumplings.  The same as seen in Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X) movie, 2012.

Summary of 5 days itinerary in 2012 Autumn Osaka, Kyoto Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Il Bar, Kyoto Station
Hearton Hotel in Shinsaibashi
Day 2
[Osaka] Universal Studios
Pasta Frolla, City Walk
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 3
[Kyoto] Saga-Arashiyama: Sagano Scenic Railway
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple
Snacks (sushi) in Sagano Station
Restaurant in Gion
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 4
Lunch in Daimaru
European Market in Umeda Sky
Street Food near Osaka Castle
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 5
Sacra Famiglia (Catholic Church) in Umeda

Hearton Hotel