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Personally, the Warring States period is extremely fascinating and I hope that the extraordinary lives that these five famous samurai held and the overall historical period is as interesting to you as it is for me. The backstory of the man behind Osaka Castle and timeline of the castle itself can really express the value of remembering the past. With that, I am excited to see that those five samurai have their own figure. Now, only one question remains, how to get them?


Samurai figure bandai

Samurai Figure Collection produced by BANDAI


Seeing as we just talked about Osaka Castle, I’d like to show you exactly how to buy one of these awesome figures at the itself. One of the machine will be on the first floor of the Osaka Castle Museum Shop. In case you won’t be visiting the Kansai area or just won’t be able to see the castle, there will be list of other locations where you can get the figures at the end of the article.


The gatchapon vending machine at Osaka Castle.


1.Find Gashapon

First, an introduction to the mechanism for those who aren’t familiar with it. The figures are inside of something called a Gashapon, which is basically a vending machine that dispenses toys in a capsule. I’ll be showing how to use one of these specifically for the Bandai samurai collection featured in these past articles!


The gatchapon vending machine in Osaka Castle


2.Insert Coins

After that, it’s extremely important to remember to have the exact coinage on you. Not in any assortment either, exact change in 100 yen coins. Prices range depending on the Gashapon and what’s inside. Needless to say, the price goes up as overall quality of the prize increases. Remember, for this Gashapon product, you’ll need three 100 yen coisn, the other four 100 yens coins exactly.
Note: Prices may vary by the Gashapon product.


The 300 yen required for this gachapon.


3.Twist the lever

You’ll put that money into the slot and twist it right 360 degrees.


Inserting the 100 yen into the machine.


Just like a childhood gumball machine.


The dial to twist.


The prize has dropped into the slot at the bottom left of the machine. Now, reach in and claim your prize!


The prize in the drop area.


4. Take the Capsule

If you have a little trouble opening the capsule, find the little lock-like mechanism on the side and pinch that in, then open it up.


The capsule prize.


5. Take out the Figure then assemble it

An interesting part of this Gashapon is that you get to put this one together!


The pieces of the samurai.


6. Take a picture in front of  the castle!

Look! It’s Sanada Yukimura, back to defend Osaka Castle!


Sanada Yukimura figure in front of Osaka Castle.

I hope that you enjoy finding your favorite hero from the Warring States period!


Where to get it:

Osaka castle:

  1. The museum shop of Osaka castle

       Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002,Osaka Prefecture

Himeji Castle:

  1. Inside of Himeji Castle: Nishinomaru Shop
  2. Inside of Himeji Castle: Himeji Tourism and Convention Bureau Shop
  3. Kakiuchi Store

Address: 68 Hommachi, Himeji 670-0012, Hyogo Prefecture

Hikone Castle:

  1. Inside Hikone Castle: Honmaru Store
  2. Inside Hikone Castle: Kane-no-maru Store

Address: 1-1 Konkicho, Hikone 522-0061 , Shiga Prefecture

Nijo Castle:

  1. Nijo Castle Shop

Address: 541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto 604-8301, Kyoto Prefecture

Ueda Castle:

  1. Ueda Castle Tourism Hall

Address: Ninomaru, Ueda 386-0026 , Nagano Prefecture

Gifu Castle:

  1. Kinkazan Ropeway Mountain Base Shop

Address: 18 Tenshukaku, Kinkazan, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture

Odawara Castle:

  1. Castle Tower Shop

Address: 6-1 Jonai, Odawara 250-0014, Kanagawa Prefecture

Marutake Industry Chiyoda Store:

  1. 1st floor of shop in Chiyoda

Address: 2-1-15 Sotokanda, Chiyoda 101-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Tokyo Sky Tree:

  1. 4th floor of Sengoku Dama Shop
  2. Gotochi Pins Plus

Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida 131-0045, Tokyo Prefecture

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Sim Bouphathong

Sim Bouphathong

Currently an exchange student at Aoyama University, I hope to experience as much of Japan as I possibly can and share that with visitors of Voyapon!

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