We don’t have many castles in America. European settlers arrived on the continent after gunpowder had rendered the structures practically obsolete and the tribes of the First Nations weren’t really into the whole castle notion. Aside from a few drab affairs I visited in Europe, I didn’t have many first-hand experiences exploring castles. That changed when I arrived in Osaka.
One of the premier attractions in the city is Osaka Castle. Towering over the grounds of an extensive city park and protected by two massive moats, it sticks out in an otherwise modern and buzzing city.