Osaka: Osaka Castle
Get There: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward. Catch the JR West Osaka Loop Line and get off at Osakajokoen Station, or the Tanimachi Line and get off at Temmabashi Station, then follow the signs.
For many this is the symbol of Osaka, the towering 16th century castle that guards over one of the country’s biggest cities. It’s not the original like some of the masterpieces of construction that are littered throughout the country, but this faithful reconstruction is definitely worth a visit. Even before you reach the castle, the impressive moat, gardens and surrounding grounds offer a lot for those willing to explore. From almost any angle you can spot the main tower, which lights up of a night.
But don’t faorget to come during the day either. For a small price you can enter the castle, offering up a fantastic glimpse into the history of not only Osaka Castle but the city itself. You can dress up like the warriors of centuries past, or simply take in the host of artefacts that are spread across the floors – and all the displays are written in English as well as Japanese so don’t worry about missing out. What’s even better, from the top you get some phenomenal views across the city. Feel like a king looking upon your kingdom from atop your castle; what more could you want?!