Closing in on the last day in Japan now . . (chokes back a sob) and it’s a beautiful sunny day to enjoy our last few hours.
We start the day off with a visit to the gorgeous Osaka castle.
The construction of the castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple.
However the castle has had a chequed history as it was then destroyed by troops in 1615.
It was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main tower was then struck by lightening in 1665 and burnt down.
It was not until 1931 that the present reconstruction of the castle tower was built.
Somehow it managed to survive the city wide air raids of World War two and now stands proud as a symbol of the city.
The castle tower is surrounded by impressive stone walls and moats and it looks truly magnificent against the perfect blue sky.