Thursday, February 4, 2010

Anyhow walk in Japan - Osaka Castle got lift

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...

Bridge outside Osaka Castle
Man in deep thoughts on the bridge. Was he thinking "!@$@%#&! The castle is THAT far?"?

Osaka Castle Garden, Japan
This man cycled all the way to the Osaka Castle Garden to... read newspapers?

Osaka Castle Garden, Japan
This man was running up and down the stairs for his morning workout.

Osaka Castle Garden, Japan
You can always count on the Japanese for being creative. They can even add some kawaii birdies on normal railings!

Osaka Castle Garden, Japan
Two old folks walking up the slope towards Osaka Castle.

Osaka Castle, Japan
This is how far the castle looks from the garden...

Walking towards the Osaka Castle
Reached the main door, but the castle still looks far...

Time capsule and Osaka Castle
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?

Osaka Castle, Japan

Osaka Castle, Japan

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!

Roof of Osaka Castle, Japan

Osaka Castle, Japan

大阪城 (Osaka Castle) - Take the subway to Tanimachi 4-chome station or Osakajo Koen station.
大阪城 (Osaka Castle) Official Website

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