Osaka Castle Grounds

Japan has many castles, but Osaka’s is perhaps one of the most well-known and most visually stunning of them all. Nestled within the sprawling and modern city, Osaka Castle is part historical monument, park, and attraction all at once. It is well worth a visit if only to explore the beautiful grounds surrounding the exterior of the castle.

The towering structure is encircled by more than a moat. Trees, walkways, and parks form an amazingly interesting border between ancient and modern. Could you imagine going for a jog past a major castle every day? The wide areas and beautiful scenery attract both locals and tourists in a comfortable yet harmonious mix.

I found the grounds surrounding Osaka Castle a metaphor for the rest of Japan. A unique blend of new and old, local and seeker, casual and fast paced. I hope you enjoy the pictures.