Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
49Trip End May 17, 2008
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I visited the castle on the New Year's Eve, although I knew I couldn't get into the keep. The purpose to visit was seeing the illuminated keep on the night. After I got off the JR Kanjo Line at Morinomiya, I walked up to the keep. The castle site was a park at the present and more spacious than I expected, so I had to walk for 15 minutes or so to get to the keep. On my way, I didn't care about the infrastructures such as moat, stone walls, and gates, because it was dark in the park and I was a bit in a hurry. When I arrived at the keep, there were only a few visitors viewing it. A lot of Japanese visit shrines and temples on the New Year's Eve to make a wish, but not castles. Fortunately, I was neither religious nor superstitious like them and I was able to see the beautifully illuminated castle keep. After that, I walked down to Osaka-jo Koen Station and I felt that the station was a bit closer to the keep than Morinomiya.
Osaka Castle Video
The footage shows only its external appearance....
I took the JR Line from Osaka-jo Koen to Umeda, where I was scheduled to take a night bus to Hiroshima. I had only 20 minutes left until I got on the bus, but I still wanted to see something in Umeda. It was Umeda Floating Garden, or Umeda Sky Building Observatory. Of course, I didn't intend to go up to the observatory, but I felt like viewing the top from the bottom. On the opposite side of the elevated railway tracks, I caught sight of the building in the distance. If I remembered correctly, it was scheduled to throw a New Year's event on the night there, but I doubted it, because the building was very dark. Eventually, I left Umeda without visiting the building.
Osaka Cruise Video