Osaka Castle is one of my favourite places in this city, it’s also conveniently near my apartment. So yesterday evening I headed up there, SLR in hand.
Despite my visit being way after the Castle’s opening hours(10am – 4pm), it was still possible to walk around the grounds after hours, all the way up into the Honmaru(inner bailey) to the base of the Donjon(main tower). It’s a popular place with runners and dog walkers, along with the odd budding street performer who wants to perfect their routine in a quiet spot.
At the moment, the castle is being illuminated in Autumn colours, in preparation for an Autumn festival in the castle grounds this weekend. The turning of the leaves in Autumn is called Koyo(紅葉) – it is this to this season what cherry blossom is to spring. Although it was quite dark, I could see the leaves are certainly changing, and in a couple of weeks the castle grounds should be full of an array of fantastic colours.
Another shot of the Donjon
The Autumn leaves are turning
The Otemon(west gate) entrance, looking outward
The Otemon again, this time looking inward
The bridge to the Otemon
Osaka Castle is usually so busy, taking an evening stroll there is a great chance to see it in peace, plus the main tower looks great when it’s lit up at night!