Osaka Castle is a typical Japanese castle located in the central part of Osaka, Japan. Surrounded by the city’s high-rises, this famous landmark still preserves its history and tradition in one of Japan’s most modernised cities.
Built in 1583, the Osaka Castle was the largest castle at the time.
Constructed on the former site of a destroyed temple, the castle symbolises the unification of Japan in the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. Over the years, the castle was destroyed in battles, struck by lightning, and neglected by the government in power, but as a beloved symbol Japan’s national spirit, each time it was rebuilt with fundraising.
The castle grounds are surrounded by moats, citadels, and gates, that shelter a beautiful park during the favoured cherry blossom season, in addition to sports facilities and an arena. The Osaka Castle can be reached from Osakajokoen Station on the JR Line and Tanimachi 4-chome Station, on the Tanimachi and Chuo Line, which is close to the Otemon Gate.
Major reconstruction works took place in 1931 when the castle was given a ferroconcrete facelift. The castle survived the air raids during WWII, with some damage to the main tower. The latest reconstruction works in 1997 gave it a sleek look and modern interior, featuring an elevator.