Exploring Osaka Castle (大阪城)

When one is visiting Osaka, one of the not to be missed to visit is the most famous landmarks of Osaka, Osaka Castle (大阪城). This Japanese Castle played a major role in the unification of Japan back in the sixteenth century during the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

Our journey to Osaka Castle (大阪城) started from our walk (estimated about 5 mins walk from Dotonbori) to Namba Station where we took the subway to Tanimachi 4-Chrome on the Chuo Subway Line. From the station, we took a walk of about 15 minutes towards Osaka Castle (大阪城)

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One of the interesting sight along the walk towards Osaka Castle (大阪城) is the site of the Hoenzaka Warehouse. These large, elevated-floor warehouses were built in the latter half of the 5th century and were discovered on the northern edge of the Uemachi Plateau. There were said to be a total of 16 of such warehouses constructed and arranged in an orderly fashion. It is believed that Hoenzaka Warehouse were constructed by the same great king who built the large tumuli in Mozu and Furuichi with the intention to display his great power. The significant of this building is reflected on the Osaka Museum of History signboard that is seen.

More interesting monuments along the way

As we walked towards Osaka Castle (大阪城) via Osaka Castle Park, we saw the magnificient view of South Outer Moat.

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A beautiful ground, Osaka Castle (大阪城) is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, moats and stone walls and covers over 15 acres of 13 structures that has been designated as an important Cultural Assets by the Japanese Government. These Cultural Assets includes :

  • Ote-mon Gate
  • Sakura-mon Gate
  • Ichiban-yagura Turret
  • Inui-yagura Turret
  • Rokuban-yagura Turret
  • Sengan Turret
  • Tamon Turret
  • Kinmeisui Well
  • Kinzo Storehouse
  • Enshogura Gunpowder Magazine
  • Three sections of castle wall all located around Otemon Gate

 

Tamon-Yagura Gate (多聞櫓) with Tamon-Yagura Turret

Sengan-yagura Gate (千貫櫓) where Sengan-yagura Turret

We entered Osaka Castle (大阪城) through Sakuramon Gate (桜門), the main gate of Hommaru (Inner Baily) of the Castle ground. It is said that the name, Sakuramon Gate which also means Cherry Gate came from the line of Cherry tree planted near the gate during the Toyotomi period back in the late 16th century.

On the left upon entering the gate, we saw the Well Curb of the Gimmeisui Well. This well was once sauce of drinking water by the officials during the Edo period.

This leads us to the huge stones at Sakuramon-masugata Square. These stone wall, built during early Endo period was created to protect the front entrance of the Hommaru (Inner Bailey).

Former Headquarters of 4th Division of Imperial Japanese Army

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In the Osaka Castle (大阪城) ground, there are many Japanese Street Snacks available for sale. One could see people enjoying themselves in the park.

And the highlight… Osaka Castle (大阪城)

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Time Capsule @ Osaka Castle (大阪城) – to be open in year 6970

We ended our tour of Osaka Castle (大阪城) with snacks sold next toIshiyama Hongan-ji monument (石山本願寺推定地碑).

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Ishiyama Hongan-ji monument (石山本願寺推定地碑)

 

 


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