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Osaka Castle was constructed from 1583 to 1597 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a warrior, general and politician, known as Japan's second "great unifier." This castle building, one of Japan's most famous, stands 5 stories above ground and is situated on a one square kilometer plot in the center of a much larger fortress. The castle is surrounded by a series of walls and two moats, and outside of the castle, there are thirteen Japanese government-designated Important Cultural Assets.

Many of the existing walls were constructed in the 1620s by samurai clans on behalf of Tokugawa Hidetada. The castle tower was destroyed several times by war and fire, but the current structure was completed in 1928. This tower was heavily damaged in World War II and finally restored in 1997 as a modern concrete reproduction of the original with modern features like elevators and air conditioning.

Osaka Castle is one of the biggest historical sites in Osaka. The tower contains a museum that covers several floors and hundred of years of Japanese history. Even though many exhibits are in English, not many of the exhibits will be familiar to Westerners unless they are well studied in Japanese history. The biggest attraction of Weterners and Japanese is the overlook on the top floor of the tower, which offers 360 degree views of Osaka.

Address: 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku
Directions: subway: Temmabashi Station or Tanimachi 4-chome Station on the Tanimachi Line. Osaka Business Park Station on the Nagahori-Tsurumiryokuchi Line
Phone: (06) 6941-3044
Website: http://www.osakacastle.net/

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  • Written Oct 5, 2013
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