Osaka Castle (大坂城) is one of the famous landmark and a must to visit when you are visiting Japan. It is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
The tower at Osaka’s castle is used as storeroom. The castle is constructed on a platform standing on the walls supported on a rock. The castle at the center is of five stories from outside and eight stories from inside and it was constructed on a high stone in order to safeguard from enemies.
It was built in the end of the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a well-known warlord who brought the whole country under his rule in the late 16th century. It has been burned down in a series of battles in the 17th century, and reconstructed later.
Once again it was destroyed by fire, its donjon only reduced to ashes this time, and was reconstructed at last early in the 20th century. On display at its 1st to 7th floors are various weapons, armors and folklife items of those days. There is a view spot on the 8th floor.
HOW TO GO
Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 15 min walk from Osakajo-koen Station (JR Osaka Loop Line)
Opening hours Osaka Castle Museum
(Located in the main tower)
9:00am – 5:00pm
(last entry at 4:30pm with extended hours in Spring and Summer)
Get the Osaka Traveller Pass and you do not need to pay for the enterance.