Osaka is in central Japan. It’s a long way from Tokyo. It’s a short ride from Kyoto. Osaka is a largest port city and commercial center in Japan. And it was the major battleground between Godzilla and Anguirus in Godzilla Raids Again.
1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
Approach through Otemon Gate at the park’s southwestern corner. The closest station is Tanimachi 4-chrome Station along the Tanimachi Subway Line and Chuo Subway Line. The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line, a 10 minute, 160 yen ride from JR Osaka Station. http://www.osakacastle.net
And Osaka has plenty of shops too. I have not been to Osaka but here is a list of shops that I can’t wait to visit.
〒530-0027 Doyama-cho 9-28, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Access: 5 minutes walk from: JR Osaka Station Central Exit or Midosuji line Umeda Station Exit 12 or 13)
Shinsaibashi (M19) – on the Midosuji (M) (Red) line 〒542-0086 Nishi Shinsaibashi 2-9-22, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Access: Go from Midosuji Metro Line Shinsaibashi Station Exit 7 in the direction of Nanboku Station
3-4-16 Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0005 Hours: Mon.- Fri. 12:00-20:00, Sat./Sun./Holidays 11:00-20:00 http://jungle-scs.co.jp
Hero Gangu Kenkyujo
4-9-21, Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka Hours: 12:00-19:00 (Holiday: Wednesday) http://www.herogangu.com/
Volks Osaka Showroom
The whole building is filled with hobby shops! From model trains, beautiful girl figures, toys, mechanisms, robots, character plastic models to parts and tools for plastic models, scale models of airplanes, battleships and tanks, and even dolls! An overwhelming number of items from 1F to 7F, occupying a prominent place in Japan. 4-9-18, Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Hours 11:00-20:00 (Open all year round)