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Osaka Castle

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Historical Architecture
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Open Open from 9:00am-6:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-4 hours
Address: 1-1, Osaka Castle, Chuo-ku, Osaka

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Osaka city is located in the western part of the city of Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, and is one of the designated cities of the cabinet order. Osaka city has an area of 223 square kilometers and a population of about 267 million. It is the third most populous city in Japan after Tokyo and Yokohama. "Osaka" is often called "Osaka" in ancient times, and the word "Osaka" first appeared in the Muromachi period. Since the Nara period, Osaka became a trade port because of its geographical location on the sea. Hideyoshi Toyotomi built Osaka Jo castle and Osaka was the center of the Toyotomi government. In the Edo period, Osaka and Kyoto were called "three capitals", which were the most economically active commercial cities in Japan. After the war, they were still large cities in West Japan. Osaka has a heavy industry mainly in steel, machinery, metal processing and light industry mainly in textile, printing, food, paper and chemical industry. The city has more than 100,000 stores of all kinds. Osaka is also known for its unique culture. In the city's Hankyu District, there are bustling underground streets. The scale of business activity and mass transit railway density are among the highest in Japan. On December 13, 2017, Osaka, Japan, officially announced that it would cancel 60 years of friendly city ties with the United States. In 2019 1, Osaka was selected as the "2018 year WFBA world characteristic charm city 200 strong".

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Located in the center of Osaka, Osaka Castle is a major landmark of Osaka. It is also listed as one of the three famous castles in Japan's history together with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle. The Osaka Castle is divided into inner, middle, and outer castles (i.e., Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru). The magnificent city gate, the steep walls and the wide moats inside and outside are very spectacular. The pavilion also overlooks the streetscape around Osaka Castle. In the parks of the castle, plum blossoms and cherry blossoms bloom in their respective seasons, and they are famous places to enjoy plum and cherry blossoms in Osaka.
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Getting Around

By Subway: Take the JR Loop Line and get off at Morinomiya Station or Osaka Castle Park Station. Take the JR Tozai Line and get off at Osaka Castle North Station.
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Helpful Information

The castle tower of Osaka Castle is a great sight at night. The tower and grounds are illuminated from sunset through the night. This is an ideal photography enthusiast destination. The castle tower at Osaka Castle provides foreign language historical information and maps for tourists from all countries.
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