Please take the garbage home with each person
Despite it being insanely hot today, and that we woke up a little late (because this old guy was hogging both the washer and the dryer until super late last night) we took the train to Osaka, and the subway to Chūō-ku, to see Osaka Castle.
Most adorable little thing we saw on our way to the castle
The castle has alot of history (Wiki it), and was completed in 1597, sadly what's there now is just a reconstruction from the 30's. Boo.
The inside is nothing like a castle, it's basically a museum that covers the whole history of the tower; the construction, artefacts recovered from the time, the wars in Osaka, how the castle played a huge part in the unification of Japan, history of Toyotomi Hideyoshi etc. It was pretty interesting, the only annoying part was all the videos that were a huge part of the museum. They were only in Japanese with no subtitles.
The castle, the walls and the moat
We were able to go up to the top of the castle; view over Osaka
Dried up moat - west side of the castle grounds
One of the structures that isn't a reconstruction, the Otemon Gate (west). It was built in the early Edo period (1628)
On the castle grounds we also popped by Hōkoku Shrine, which was built in honor to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a significant historical figure here, lived in the castle, did loads of awesome stuff for Japan.. (And also executed one of his adopted children, wife, mistresses and some 30 people if I remember correctly from the museum)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi - statue outside the temple
Aarne looks over the moat - keeping his feet on the ground
I prefer my feet being all free and stuff - Linni Duppsko
When we finally found our way out of the castle grounds, we went looking for an area of Osaka that is supposed to be a sort of "mini Akihabara".. We were quite unsuccessful, so we just walked aimlessly around Namba.
Visited a few arcades - new fancyschmancy Drum Mania
I thought it was a bus, but no, it's a mobile dragon. The future of public transport.
Camerafun while waiting for the train back to Kyoto
Tomorrow we're going back to Osaka, better make use of the Railpasses before they run out. I might have tricked Aarne to take me to the aquarium in Osaka, which is said to be one of the largest in the world - super sweet! I'll be drooling over jellyfish and sharks all day.
I apologise for sloppy writing, I could be more informative, but that would require brain power, and I has not. Another late night (y)