Japan: Osaka Castle

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In front of Osaka Castle

The Osaka Castle is one of the most famous landmarks of Japan. If you now quickle image search “Japan” you’ll see many images of the castle in the results. Even though there’s not so much to do at and around Osaka Castle, I wanted to visit to see it for myself.

A bit of Osaka Castle’s history from Japan Guide:

“The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time.

However, a few years after Hideyoshi’s death, Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and terminated the Toyotomi lineage in 1615. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main castle tower was struck by lightening in 1665 and burnt down.

It was not until 1931 that the present ferro-concrete reconstruction of the castle tower was built. During the war it miraculously survived the city wide air raids. Major repair works gave the castle new glamor in 1997. The castle tower is now entirely modern on the inside and even features an elevator for easier accessibility. It houses an informative museum about the castle’s history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.”

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Entering Osaka Castle Park

 

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Entrance to the castle

 

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Walls protecting the castle

 

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Osaka Castle

 

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Enjoying green tea ice cream while visiting Osaka Castle

 

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View of the Osaka from the castle

 

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Lots of school children visiting

 

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Nishinomaru Garden

 

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View of Osaka Castle from the Nishinomaru Garden

 

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Koen and me with Osaka Castle

 

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Shrine in Osaka Castle Park

 

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Plum Groves

 

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Plum Groves

 

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Winding paths of Osaka Castle Park

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