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.
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.
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.
The Main Tower of Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle Park
Osteria il Forno
Hotel New Otani Osaka
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Not only the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, in Osaka Toppers can also see the magnificent castle which is very iconic, namely Osaka Castle which has been standing since 1583.
This Japanese tourist attraction not only offers architectural splendor but there is also a museum where Toppers can learn about the long history of this attraction. Soaring above Kansai's largest city is Osaka Castle, known in Japanese as Osaka-jo. Built in 1583, demolished in 1663, rebuilt in 1931 and restored to its Edo glory in 1997, Osaka Castle is a historical landmark of Japan open for anyone to come and learn about its turbulent history.
Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park cover two square kilometers within downtown Osaka. The castle tower is surrounded by historical fortifications, towers, gates and reinforced stone walls with moats used in past conflicts.
All of the facilities in this area have been perfectly restored and renovated, ensuring the historic site complies with the code, including the elevator within the tower.
The interior of Osaka Castle houses the Osaka Castle Museum. The interior is completely modern with a traditional Japanese feel and features exhibits relating to the history of the castle and its builder, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Japanese feudal lord who wanted to unite Japan under his rule.
On the 8th floor of the Castle tower is an observation deck where visitors are treated to a beautiful view of the cityscape of Osaka.
Osaka Castle (大阪城, Ōsakajō) is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, with millions of people visiting the iconic landmark each year, particularly during cherry blossom season when there are special hanami parties and night illuminations. I’ve had the chance to visit both during sakura season and regular times of year, and will share some of my thoughts and tips for Osaka Castle in this post.
Construction of Osaka Castle began in 1583 on the site where Ishiyama Honganji Temple had been destroyed. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended for Osaka Castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule.
Once completed, Osaka Castle was the largest castle in Japan. After Hideyoshi’s death, Osaka Castle was destroyed. It was subsequently rebuilt in the 1620s, only to be struck by lightning and burnt down in 1665. Today’s Osaka Castle is a reconstruction that was built in 1931, and it highly modernized on the inside.
During our first experience with Osaka Castle, I was taken aback and even a bit disappointed by this. Having since visited Nijo Castle and Himeji Castle, I no longer feel that way. In fact, after visiting more preserved historical points of interest in Japan, I have a greater appreciation for the change of pace that Osaka Castle offers.
If Osaka Castle were the only castle in Japan I visited on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, I’d probably be disappointed. Once you go inside, it loses the aura of authenticity, and feels like a reproduction. However, if you visit either Nijo or Himeji Castles (both of which are in this general region), Osaka Castle can be viewed as more of a complementary experience.What those castles lack in expository information and displays due to their more historical character, Osaka Castle makes up for. There’s a wealth of information on display in its multi-level galleries, and it offers some interesting insight into Japanese history.
When viewed as a “hybrid museum” housed inside of beautiful architecture, I think it’s quite easy to have a very favorable opinion of Osaka Castle.
The Osaka Castle is standing tall and magnificent in the middle of the city. It’s one of the most grandeur views I have ever seen in my life. It takes quite a bit of walking from the park entrance to reach the castle. In fact, it’s a tiring uphill walk but it's very much rewarding when you reach the castle. I recommend that you go to top floor of Osaka castle from where beautiful views can be seen of Osaka City. It is a historic place and also it is surrounded by a green park where lovely pictures can be captured.
what a beautiful structure... I do missing Osaka Castle. plan to get back there again after July 2020