Today is the last day for sightseeing in Japan before our departure tomorrow. We wanted to avoid the crowd to Osaka Castle and our bus actually reached Osaka Castle before 9am. It was a 30-40 minutes walk to the castle itself from the bus parking area! Didn't tell everyone in order that no one gives up. We had a few photo shots every now and then as a group so that not many realized that we had walked a long time.. Sorry to disclose it now. :)
Osaka Castle (大坂城 or 大阪城, Ōsaka-jō) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.
Exhibits in the Osaka Castle depicting the war on May 7, 1615. They really behead people back then.. How gruesome. Luckily we were not born during then.
Breath taking view of the Osaka City from Osaka Castle Level 8 open air area.
I often get requests from tourists about Japanese sword. These miniature ones are safe to be brought back to your home countries.
We were so lucky on our final trip to be able to see a sweet Japanese couple getting their wedding photo shooting at Osaka Castle. In traditional kimono!!
At noon, it was shopping time again! Our last stop was Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. Dōtonbori or Dōtombori (道頓堀, pronounced [doːtomboɽi]) is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan, running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city's Chuo ward. Historically a theater district, it is now a popular nightlife and entertainment area characterized by its eccentric atmosphere and large illuminated signboards.One of the area's most prominent features, a billboard for confectionery company Glico (see picture below) displaying the image of a runner crossing a finishing line, is seen as an icon of Osaka within Japan
We also visited the Shinsaibashi (of course!). Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is a district in the Chūō-ku ward of Osaka, Japan and the city's main shopping area. At its center is Shinsaibashi-suji (心斎橋筋), a covered shopping street, that is north of Dōtonbori and parallel and east of Mido-suji street. Associated with Shinsaibashi, and west of Mido-suji street, is Amerika-mura, an American-themed shopping area and center of Osaka's youth culture. Major stores and boutiques concentrates are found around the area. Shinsaibashi is easily accessed via the subway.
You can also find a lot of Anello bags in Shinsaibashi. Please make sure you compare the prices before buying. Many shops offer discount to attract tourists to buy from them. Tax refund can be made at Daimaru Shopping Mall right in the middle of Shinsibashi.
We ended our tour after everyone had enough shoppings. We even went to Donki Houtei to shop!