Osaka Day 3 and Osaka Castle
One of the things about coming to Osaka was to check out some of the sites, and one of the places I wanted to visit was Osaka Castle. This was our next place to stop by for Osaka as I really didn’t get time to plan out an itinerary for Osaka since I knew so little about it. Anyway hit the jump to read on about our final day in Osaka.
Hopping onto the train, thanks to the JR pass we didn’t have to pay, we arrived at Osaka-Business Park (Osaka-jo Koen) and walked along to see Osaka Stadium in front of us. We took a detour to have some breakfast and headed into one of the many Pronto cafes that we’ve seen since we arrived in Japan. I opted for Carbonara and Bacon as I haven’t had it for quite a long time.
Finishing off breakfast, we walked on to head towards Osaka Castle. Along the way we came across people fishing and saw some koi as well. Upon arriving at the base of Osaka Castle I was astounded at how such historic monuments can still stand amongst such a clustered city such as Osaka, yet can blend in as if it was a part of the modern day. Once we paid the admission fee and entered in, I learnt a bit more about Osaka itself and how the castle had withstood time. Below are some of the pictures that were allowed and a view of Osaka itself from the top of the tower.
Heading back out of the Castle and resting for a bit, our next destination was Shitennoji Temple, which has one of the oldest stone torii gates. Again not knowing the train system and how far it is, we opted to take a taxi to drive us there. Exploring the temple was great, but they were still preparing for a festival of some sort that unfortunately for us, was when we were in Kyoto. Still it doesn’t stop us from marveling at it’s wonders. One of the awesome things about this template was the ponds in the middle where there were a lot of turtles lying around. But the more eerie thing about these turtles was that they had red eyes and looked pretty evil.
Following up Shitennoji Temple, we headed towards Tennoji Park (Tennoji-Koen) and played some pachinko on the way and also came across another temple. We eventually arrived back at Osaka Tower. At this point we really didn’t have any other places to go as we were pretty tired and with an impending rain coming, we headed off towards Ebisu-cho again, which we found to not be that far from Osaka Tower. There is a reason why we headed back to Ebisu-cho, and that is to spend up again. This item for me however, far exceeds the Da Capo sketch illustration book in terms of price. But you shall see what this item is at a later date.
Heading back to the hotel we rested up and for dinner, we headed to a family restaurant down the road. One thing I loved about coming to Japan is the number of family restaurants that can give you a meal at a fairly cheap price. Compared to Australia we don’t have many family restaurants and eating out can be quite expensive depending on what you eat. Below is what I got for dinner:
That pretty much wraps up the third day of Osaka for me. I went to sleep earlier than expected where I know the others went out and spent up on pachinko and ufo catchers. All up I would say Osaka is a great place to visit, but I really wished I was more prepared and did more research on some places to visit. Just from the places I went to, it seems as though Osaka really didn’t have that much to offer. One place I wanted to goto was Dotonbori, but due to it raining on the last day, we decided not to head out that way. The next time I head to Osaka I’ll make sure to plan it out a bit better, chose a hotel much closer to the central sections of Osaka, and make sure my feet aren’t killing me.