Hi, guys! Sorry for the very long hiatus from blogging! Anyway, last June, I flew to Osaka with my good friend Farrah; it’s our first time to travel abroad together!
The trip was arranged by JTB Philipines so we didn’t need to worry about anything! Like I always say, if you’re planning a trip to japan (especially if it’s your first time, I highly recommend JTB)!
Our first stop straight from the airport was Osaka Castle. I consider myself lucky that I got to visit the second time around (hopefully, not the last!).
The construction of Osaka Castle (大阪城, Ōsakajō) started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time.
Here are 4 things you can do while you’re in the area!
- Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery — it’s going to be a bit of a long walk from the bus parking area to the castle so why not use this time to enjoy the view, and take lots of photos!
2. Shop and Dine in the Miraiza — it is situated right in front of the Osaka Castle; opens at 9:00 am and closes at 11:00pm (but it differs per shop/facility).
“Built in 1931, this building originally was in service as the Headquarters of the No.4 Division of the former Imperial Japanese Army. Post-war, it was used as the Osaka City Museum until 2001. Now it has been renewed after 16 years of silence, packed with shops, cafes and restaurants. Situated in a premium location, right in front of the Castle Tower, the facility offers comfortable dining and shopping for visitors.”
4. Enjoy Local Snacks and Refreshments — Thirsty? Hungry? Not a problem! If the Miraiza wasn’t enough, you can always check out the food stalls and vendo machines around the area.
Hope you enjoyed this post! We stayed in Osaka for 5 days so more posts are coming! By the way, if you’re planning a trip to Japan (or any other country), you can still use my code to enjoy a discount – FPCRISSEY – on the Flytpack website.
I’ve used this wifi router for 5 trips already and I’m super happy with their service. Gotta stay connected to the rest of the world even while I’m on tour, right? hehe