Osaka Castle is surrounded by Osaka Castle Garden. Which essentially means that no matter which subway or JR train station that you start from, it takes equally long to reach the castle. Like fifteen minutes...
Man in deep thoughts on the bridge. Was he thinking "!@$@%#&! The castle is THAT far?"?
This man cycled all the way to the Osaka Castle Garden to... read newspapers?
This man was running up and down the stairs for his morning workout.
You can always count on the Japanese for being creative. They can even add some kawaii birdies on normal railings!
Two old folks walking up the slope towards Osaka Castle.
This is how far the castle looks from the garden...
Reached the main door, but the castle still looks far...
The Japanese buried this time capsule at the Osaka Castle in 1971, to be dug out 5000 years later. That is, if the world doesn't really end at 2012. Hmm... wait a minute... have we found the time capsule that we lost already? The one that was buried somewhere in the National Stadium and nobody bothered to make any markings or leave any documents? Seriously, can we find it in time to reopen it?
There are 8 levels in the Osaka Castle and take this... there is a lift IN the castle! Talk about modernisation! And the best part? On the 8th level, you can go out on the balcony to view the Osaka Castle Garden and Osaka city, and on this same level... there is a... souvenir store! The Japanese are damn good at doing business!
大阪城 （Osaka Castle） - Take the subway to Tanimachi 4-chome station or Osakajo Koen station.
大阪城 （Osaka Castle） Official Website