Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

At the time of its construction in the late 1500s by shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle was the largest and most magnificent castle that Japan had ever seen. A turbulent history of siege and destruction led to a 1930s reconstruction that recaptures all of the castle’s original glory which, very luckily, managed to escape damage during World War II. The castle is still wonderfully formidable, with a moat and towering ramparts, all set in a lovely park. Five stories from the outside but 8 stories within, the interior of the castle is now a museum dedicated to the original founder, Toyotomi Hideyoshi with artefacts including art and armour.

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Five Facts about Osaka Castle

Osaka is one of Japan’s ‘Three Famous Castles’ along with Himeji and Kumamoto castles

It is a ‘flat land-style’ castle, with man-made defences rather than natural ones

The castle walls we see today are the original ones that were built in 1620 – no mortar or cement was used; the stones simply interlock

The grounds surrounding the castle include 15 other historical structures, including temples and shrines

Look closely at the castles roof and you’ll see dolphin and tiger motifs, all gilded with gold   

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