Osaka Castle, Osaka

Osaka Castle, Osaka (must see)

The Osaka Castle is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan. The castle functions as a museum and a popular tourist attraction.

Construction of the original castle began in 1583. It was modeled after the headquarters of feudal lord Oda Nobunaga, Azuchi Castle. Built by samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the castle was designed to have a five-story tower with three additional underground stories. It was completed in 1597.

After his death, the castle passed to Hideyoshi's son, Toyotomi Hideyori. He ruled over the castle until it fell to the Tokugawa clan in 1620. The original building burned to the ground, and Hideyori committed seppuku, a form of ritual suicide.

Reconstruction of the castle included the main tower with five external and eight internal stories. The walls, built in 1620, are still standing, but the remainder of the castle burned when lightning struck the gunpowder warehouse. What remained fell into disrepair and was neglected through the early 19th century.

The castle was fully repaired in 1843 but only lasted 25 years, until it burned again. The Meiji government turned the remainder of the building into an army arsenal where guns and ammunition were manufactured.

Osaka Castle was one of the world's largest military armories during World War II when American bombs destroyed 90 percent of the military equipment.

The castle was restored between 1995 and 1997. It was rebuilt to resemble the original castle from the exterior as much as possible. It is surrounded by inner and outer moats with four water-filled sections that represent the cardinal directions.

The castle grounds contain 13 structures that are culturally significant to Japan. Among these are, the Ote-mon Gate, the Rokuban-yagura Turret, the Kinmeisui Well, Kinzo Storehouse, and the Enshogura Gunpowder Magazine.

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Osaka Castle on Map

Sight Name: Osaka Castle
Sight Location: Osaka, Japan (See walking tours in Osaka)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Osaka, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Osaka

Create Your Own Walk in Osaka

Creating your own self-guided walk in Osaka is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tennoji Shrines and Temples Walk

Tennoji Shrines and Temples Walk

As Japan’s third largest city, it’s no surprise that there are many religious sites around Osaka. The Tennoji district in particular has a number of beautiful temples and shrines. Take this self-guided walk to see the most fascinating places of worship in the area.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Osaka Shopping and Dining Walk

Osaka Shopping and Dining Walk

As well as being an exciting Western-style city full of cool entertainment and cultural attractions, Osaka is also a fantastic place to go shopping. Its appealing range of shopping options includes covered arcades, malls, dedicated streets and much more. Take this self-guided walking tour to sample the best shopping and dining opportunities in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Osaka Introduction Walking Tour

Osaka Introduction Walking Tour

Osaka is the third largest city and second largest metropolitan area in Japan. The city has a long history that dates to the earliest days of Japan. In fact, it is thought that the area was the location where the first inhabitants of the island settled. Archaeological evidence shows there were settlers in the area more than 2,000 years ago.

The beginning of the third century brought many more...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Osaka Castle Park Walking Tour

Osaka Castle Park Walking Tour

Sprawling on the south bank of the Ōkawa (Yodo) River, Osaka Castle Park occupies a vast territory in the heart of Osaka. The second largest park in the city, it covers nearly two square kilometers with lots of greenery, sports and other facilities.

Apart from being an urban public venue, the area is also a historical site, dating back more than half a millennium. Back in 1496, during the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles