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IMG_5251We went to Osaka Castle by taking the JR line from Shin-Osaka station to Osakajokoen station. It was a good 10-15 minute stroll before we got to the actual castle. Since it’s spring, we got to pass by cherry blossom trees and people who were having picnics underneath them. There are plenty of signs around so you won’t really miss it.

IMG_5260The Osaka Castle is very beautifully preserved.

IMG_5261There are kiosk machines before the entrance where you can put in your money just like a modern vending machine and it dispenses the tickets. The guard who checks the tickets gives you a map of the premise. Admission is 600 yen per person.

IMG_5263Here are our tickets.

IMG_5272The elevator inside only goes to the 6th floor and it doesn’t stop on each floor and it doesn’t take people down either unless you are handicapped. So the best way to see every floor in my opinion is making your way top, on the 7th floor to see the views from the deck, then make your way down each floor.

IMG_5274You can take pictures inside except for the 3rd and 4th floors. They had really cool displays like the miniature dolls of the Summer War of Osaka and the cherry blossom viewing in hologram.

IMG_5294 IMG_5288On the bottom floor, there was a vending machine which dispenses a Osaka Castle coin and there’s another machine next to it where you can stamp your name and the date. Cool huh?

IMG_5301 IMG_5302After that, my cousin wanted ice cream so we bought one and sat on the benches or steps across the castle but we took a couple of pictures with these awesome trash collectors. They were in costumes, so kawaii! ^.^

IMG_5325Then we called it a day and went back to our hotel to pick up our luggage and move on to Kyoto.