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youtube.comexternal page Osaka Castle is a popular attraction in Osaka with an fascinating history.youtube.com The castle keep is wheelchair accessible, but slow walkers may find the distances a challenge. Osaka Castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks as it played a major role in the final days of the Sengoku Period. Modeled after Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle, Toyotomi Hideyoshi started construction of the castle in 1583 and by the time it was finished in 1597 it surpassed his predecessor’s castle in every way. Toyotomi Hideyoshi died in 1598, one year after completion, and the castle passed to his son Toyotomi Hideyori.

external siteOne of Hideyori’s regents created tensions with many of the generals and they ended up siding with the ambitious Tokugawa Ieyasu. Tokugawa Hidetada began reconstructing the castle in 1620 and the walls stand to this day. The current reconstruction started in 1995 and was completed two years later. The castle keep is made of concrete and houses a museum. The castle grounds, which cover approximately 60,000 square meters has 13 buildings that have been designated as important cultural assets by the Japanese government. Within the grounds is the Nishinomaru Garden, a lawn garden with 600 cherry trees and a tea house but requires a separate entrance fee. The rest of the castle park has open green spaces and is free to the public.

It is a popular place to see sakura cherry blossoms in the spring. The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The park is one of Osaka’s most popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in early April. The castle tower is open daily (excluding December 28 - January 1) from 9:00-17:00 for an entrance fee of 600 yen. There are occasionally extended visiting hours during holidays and special exhibitions, so be sure to check the official website. Nishinomaru Garden is closed on Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday) as well as the New Year holidays.

Operating hours are 9:00 to 17:00 (or 16:30 November - February). During the cherry blossom season the garden is open until 21:00. Admission is 200 yen, but jumps to 350 yen during cherry blossom season. Osaka Castle can be reached from either Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line or Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line. Both stations are wheelchair accessible. Two small electric trolleys operate between the stations and the castle. The one serving Osakajokoen Station has a ramp for wheelchair users but can only handle up to 70kgs, so power wheelchair users will not be able to use it. The trolley going to Tanimachi 4-chrome Station does not have a wheelchair space. The castle is fairly far from both stations, and those who have difficulty walking may prefer to use the trolley.

Since the castle is a defensive structure, there are a number of hills on the way to the keep, adding to the difficulty for slow walkers and those using manual wheelchairs. Ramps have been added to the gates. The final bridge to the keep is a both a bit steep and rough. One of the old army buildings has been converted and now houses restaurants and a few shops. There is an elevator and accessible toilet available. An elevator has been installed on the outside of the castle to get up to the castle keep. After buying a ticket a staff member will guide you to the elevator as it is off-limits to other visitors.

Once at the top of the outer elevator, a guard will guide you inside the castle and to the elevator inside the keep. The first stop is the top floor observation deck. One of the four exits to the balcony has no steps, so it is possible to go outside. Unfortunately, the walkway around the observation deck is very crowded and quite narrow (about 1.5m wide). While it is possible to go on the deck in a wheelchair, it certainly not a relaxing place to enjoy the view. Places to rest are available in the museum and n accessible toilet is available on the 2nd floor. The gardens are a mixture of accessible paths and a few that are not, but can be seen in a wheelchair. The tea house is not accessible. Guide dogs are allowed in the castle. Osaka Castle is a must-see if you are visiting Osaka. Even though the reconstruction was built before many of Japan’s accessibility laws, it is nice to see the effort that has been put in to ensure that the castle can be enjoyed by everyone. The biggest challenge will be for those who tire easily as there are not many places to rest.

Like most of Japan, your local itinerary can head into the future (like visiting the Mazda car factory) or revel in a glorious past (the seemingly floating red shrine gate of Grand Torii). While nearby Kyoto laps up the fame, 8th century Nara prefers its role in the metaphorical shadows. In Nara, you’ll find the world’s largest wooden building, Japan’s biggest collection of national treasures, the tallest pagoda, and the largest Buddha statue.tripadvisor.com However, Nara’s greatest appeal is the hypnotic harmony and preservation of these ancient wonders, and the serene capital never relinquishes its evocative deliverance of charm. Japan isn’t the first country that springs to mind when it comes to white sand and turquoise ocean.

But let’s remember, these are Pacific Islands, as unforgettably imbued by tropical beauty as any other in the world’s largest ocean. Okinawa epitomizes the idyllic beauty, mile after mile of pristine island beaches fulfilling the most demanding of getaway dreams. There’s a different rhythm out here, one of swaying palm trees, lush jungle clad retreats, and irresistible marine adventures. Ever since the 7th century, Osaka has been a land of conspicuous consumption and elaborate luxury. It’s a city of indulgence, one of the finest on the planet for eating like royalty and thoroughly treating yourself. While the flashy city lights are integral to the city’s attraction, it’s easy to escape into millennia old shrines, endless spring cherry blossom, and intricate puppet theaters. Nestled on forested mountain slopes and swimming with charm, the historic villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama take you into another brilliantly original Japanese narrative. Thatched roof gasshō-zukuri homes fill the villages, indicative of a longstanding dedication to tradition and a harmonious adaptation to an isolated environment. Recognized as World Heritage sites, and dazzling amongst a white blanket in winter, they provide the intermediate stop between Japan’s ancient traditions and modern wonders.

We just got back from Japan more than two weeks ago for a holiday. Japan is a beautiful country. Its people, heritage, and culture. Not to forget its food! My trip to Japan before this was seven years ago. Since then, Japan was always on my radar as the travel destination and I knew we would go back again some time in the future. If you can recall, J and K were not part of the trip. We were there just the two of us: my wife and I. You can read about the trip here. Even after the recent visit, I still love Japan.

I don’t deny the fact that I will pay the Land of the Rising Sun another visit soon. For the recent trip to Osaka and Kyoto, we took J and K along. It was their first trip to Japan and they loved it to the bits. It’s an eye-opening experience for them and Japan is a good place for children to learn about good manners and being considerate to others. This trip is different from our trip 7 years ago as this trip was self-tour. We moved around on our own and without a guide. If you are asking, “How could that possible? ” then read on. At first I was skeptical too about moving around in a country that her people don’t speak English. But after I came back from the trip, I can tell you confidently that it is possible.

If you ask the locals when is the best month to visit Japan, many will answer April. April is a sunny month with fresh Spring weather across Japan. The month starts with cherry blossom season in much of the country with large parties under the trees. It ends with the beginning of Golden Week. The following April weather averages for Japanese cities represent major regions of Japan. Tokyo has pleasant weather in April but is chilly at night. The city has dozens of excellent cherry blossom spots that bloom until mid April. Different varieties of sakura trees are planted around the city that peak at different times making the season fairly long.

The Tohoku region of Japan is far colder than Tokyo in April. Its cherry blossom season trails Tokyo's by about two weeks. Many spots peak towards the end of the month. Hokkaido's deep blanket of snow melts but it's still a little too cold for cherry blossoms in April. Osaka begins April with massive hanami parties under the cherry blossoms. By the end of the month, Koinobori decorations for Children's Day can be seen all over the city. Hiroshima gets both more rain and more sun than Tokyo in April. It's also a little warmer. Shikoku Island is dry and sunny in April. Tourism starts to really pick up, especially school trips.

youtube.comKyushu Island is warmer than much of Japan. Its cherry blossom season often peaks in March but extends into the early days of April. Okinawa starts to feel increasingly tropical in April. The sea is warming up quickly and has reached 23 °C (74°F). Swimming becomes tempting but the beaches are still mostly empty. January is the coldest month of the year across Japan but the sunniest month in Tokyo. February is the peak time for Japanese winter festivals. March offers pleasant early spring weather and the first cherry blossoms in many regions of Japan. Arguably the best weather of the year. The heart of Japan's rainy season. July sees the end of rainy season and the start of summer.

August is an intense month of heat. September sees some excellent summer weather but is rainy due to typhoons. October transitions from the heat and rain of summer to a cool autumn by the end of the month. November is a month of crisp autumn weather. December is the pleasant side of winter with relatively mild temperatures and many seasonal attractions across Japan. Some interesting items that can be purchased from Japanese vending machines. A list of events and seasonal attractions in Japan for the month of April. A few ways to say “lucky” in the Japanese language. Yakitori is bite-sized food on skewers that's grilled over charcoal.

A hidden gem festival that beats Sapporo's massive Snow Festival in many ways. The best time to visit Sapporo is undoubtedly during the Sapporo Snow Festival in February. A tradition that began with a territorial dispute between two temples. A calendar of Japan's many festivals, events, public holidays and seasonal attractions. Weather and events by month. Each year there are 200,000 festivals in Japan. Festivals range from quiet to wild and dangerous. These are the best. A calendar of major festivals, annual rituals, trade shows, sports events and seasonal attractions in the city. © 2002-2019 Japan Talk. View credits & copyrights for this page. We are always working to improve Japan Talk. If you find an error, please report it. Distances and walking times are approximate. Prices and schedules reflect our best information at the time of publishing and are prone to change. If you have an update, please let us know.

Osaka's tourism has been hit hard as last week's typhoon ripped through western Japan causing a partial closure and reduced flights at Kansai International Airport. Although both domestic and international flights have partially resumed, only 10 percent of international flights were operating as of Tuesday. While cleanup efforts are under way in the flooded terminal, its escalators and elevators were not working and electricity was cut off in some areas. There were some signs of recovery at the other terminal as restaurants and convenience stores started to re-open, but the usual mass of foreign passengers – mostly Chinese, Koreans and South Asians – are gone.

Many seats remain empty in the lobby. Peach Aviation Ltd., a budget airline with an office at the terminal. Osaka's tourism industry is worried about the sudden reduction in visitors to the city. The number of tourists to Osaka Castle has almost been cut by half compared with last year due to the typhoon. Hotels were also hit hard by the typhoon and there was prolonged traffic disruption. 40 to 50 percent of its customers are foreigners. Osaka authorities had hoped that an increase in foreign tourism would spur the city's growth. 10.6 billion) in the city. Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui said last Friday at the city's growth strategy session.

The central government is also participating in the recovery effort, especially after the typhoon in western Japan had been followed a few days later by a devastating earthquake in Hokkaido. He also said the tourism ministry's overseas bureau will send accurate information abroad to reassure travelers. Ishii also indicated that rail service on the bridge connecting the airport and the mainland may start working within a month, and not in early October as had been expected. The tanker that crashed into the bridge during the typhoon smashed a road lane into the rail line, making it inaccessible to trains. A crane is expected to pull up the crushed lane by Friday. Ishii also said the southern part of the disabled terminal will start operating as flights, including international ones, will be temporarily diverted to different airports. Forty flights will be diverted to Itami airport, straddling Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, and 30 to Kobe Airport.

Outside the usual travel cost-cutters such as taking transit over taxis and hostels over hotels, there several simple ways to see Japan affordably. If you think exploring this intriguing place means bleeding your budget, think again. Here's 6 easy tips to travel Japan on the cheap! Psst, want to save more money on a visit here? Check our tips on eating cheap in Japan, plus Japan Rail pass tips. As with Europe, rail passes have become a popular staple for travellers in Japan. While it can be cost-effective for short trips (check our cost-analysis guide), there are much cheaper ways to get around.

After payment, you'll get immediate confirmation and a confirmation e-mail. Simply show your confirmation e-mail on your mobile phone to the driver. 141 USD). Cheaper passes are available for use on Mondays-Thursdays only, while slightly pricier options exist for any day use. These travel trips (referred to as “days” on the site) can be used anytime, non-consecutively within a 2-month window. There are many overnight bus routes, which saves on a night's accommodation. The buses are quiet, clean, and cozy, complete with reclining seats and a pull-over head blind to block out light (see below). Popular bus destinations include Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya. 7-day rail pass (which must be used within the 7 days), you've got added flexibility for half the cost.

If you don't purchase a bus pass, individual bus tickets are still typically cheaper than trains for long distances. Trains can often be crowded with commuters and may require several transfers, so a bus can often be a more convenient method of travel. Note: for flying cheap around Japan, there are several discount air passes which are only available to tourists. 40USD across the country, flying can be hugely cheaper than the rail pass. For more tips on flying cheap, check our flight-booking hacks.youtube.com Think all fast food is deep-fried, processed junk? Think again. In Japan, “fast food” means steaming bowls of rice, savoury meats, crispy dumplings, miso soup, with a side of green tea. 6 USD. Check our thrifty dining tips for Japan here.

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Of growing up in a multi-cultural heritage household, Osaka has said, “I don’t necessarily feel like I’m American. Of her Japanese culture, Osaka said, “Japanese culture? I love everything about it.  . . America, I live here.blogspot.com I train in Florida.  . . And Haiti, if you’ve ever met a Haitian person, they are really positive, and literally if you’re friends with them, then they will do anything for you. Of playing Williams, Osaka has previously said that she hopes to emulate the famous tennis player. She said via USA Today, “I was really impressed by her and wanted to play like her when I was little.

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