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Osaka Castle

The Fortress of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, key to Japan’s unification in the 16th century

Photo of Osaka Castle, Japan (Osaka Castle Park (Revisited) - 大阪城公園 by John Dunsmore)

Osaka Castle stands as a monument to Japan’s storied past, reflecting feudal conflicts and modern reconstruction efforts. Originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583, this iconic structure has played roles across significant historical moments, including the unification of Japan and its post-war rebirth. Presently, Osaka Castle functions as a museum celebrated for its historical displays and panoramic city views.

About Osaka Castle

The genesis of Osaka Castle dates to the Azuchi-Momoyama period when prominent daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi aimed to consolidate his power. Built on the site of the former Ishiyama Honganji Temple, the castle was designed to be the political center of a unified Japan. Its robust base, lofty walls, and deep moats embodied Hideyoshi’s aspirations. After Hideyoshi’s death, the castle’s control became a military objective, leading to the Summer Campaign of the Osaka Campaign, resulting in the fall of the Toyotomi dynasty.

Osaka Castle experienced several destructions and reconstructions. The Tokugawa shogunate erected a new main tower in 1629, but it was destroyed by lightning in 1665. Post-Meiji Restoration, the castle faced further tumult, eventually undergoing significant damage and repurposing. The main tower, rebuilt in 1931, survived World War II and remains today.

The main keep features a five-story exterior with an eight-floor interior, affording expansive views of Osaka. The museum details the castle’s historical significance and contains numerous artifacts. Osaka Castle Park, sprawling across two square kilometers, is a beloved spot for hanami with its cherry blossoms in spring.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the main keep and museum, as well as original gates, yagura, and stone defenses. The tranquil Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden, inclusive of cherry trees and a tea house, complements the castle experience. Osaka Castle Park’s green spaces also feature sports facilities, Osakajo Hall, and a shrine honoring Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Osaka Castle represents a significant chapter in Japan’s feudal history and invites guests to engage with the stories that have shaped the nation.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Osaka Castle

C 19

 Osaka Metro Chuo Line + 2 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.1km)
O 07

JR Ōsakajōkōen
 JR Osaka Loop Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)
T 23

Tanimachi Yonchōme
 Tanimachi Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)
KH 03

 Keihan Nakanoshima Line + 2 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.5km)
H 42

JR Ōsakajō-kitazume
 JR Tozai Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)
KH 04

 Keihan Main Line + 4 more

 20-30 minute walk (1.9km)

Around Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Castle in Osaka

open 9am - 4:30pm (varies)
closed Seasonal Dates


大阪城, 大阪

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