Osaka Castle is one of the most famous and historic spots in Osaka. You can see the splendid castle tower, magnificent moats and stone walls. Around the castle tower, There is a castle park where has changing seasonal views. The park is also famous for cherry blossom spot, plum grove, beautiful autumn leaves spot. This article introduces some information about Osaka Castle.
The Construction of Castle Tower was started in 1583 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a powerful feudal lord, but The tower was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1665. Since then, Osaka Castle has lost the castle tower until rebuilting again in 1931.
The current castle tower was rebuilt thanks to Seki, a mayor of Osaka city at that time, and strong desire of the citizens of Osaka. In addition, The castle tower was completely renovated in 1997. It stands as beautiful symbol of Osaka.
The castle tower houses an informative museum can be enjoyed learning the history of Osaka Castle. The tower has a observation deck on the 8th floor. It offers 360-degree views of the Osaka Castle Park and you can see the famous golden dolphins.
Now, Nishinomaru Garden is quiet places to relax and unwind. The garden is suitable place for a picnic. Viewing the castle tower from there is said to be the most beautiful scenery. Especially in Spring, the cherry blossoms against the background of the castle tower in the garden is must-see.
MIRAIZA OSAKA-JO, located in front of the castle tower, is a complex built by renewing the former military headquarters of the 4th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army. It was opened on October 19, 2017. MIRAIZA OSAKA-JO is an impressive building, which looks like a European castle in the Middle Ages. The way it looks has not changed since its construction.
Inside the building, there are the specialty stores line on the first floor, selling products related to Samurai, Ninja, and the Sengoku period. There are restaurants on the second, third, and roof floors, and it’s called THE LANDMARK SQUARE based on the concept of “be a landmark of a cosmopolitan city resonating with the cool Japan vibe that the world loves.”
Jo-Terrace Osaka, opened June 2016, is shopping complex containing restaurants, cafes and stores. It is located just in front of JR Osakajokoen station. Many restaurants have a table outside, so you can relax and enjoy your meal in fresh air.
The boat covered in golden leaf goes around the moat of Osaka Castle in approximately 20 minutes. You can look up at the stone walls from the golden boat. As can be seen at the golden tea ceremony room, Hideyoshi Toyotomi who first built Osaka Castle, loved gold deeply. The boading point is located in west side of Gokuraku-Bashi Bridge.
cherry blossom viewing spot
Osaka Castle Park is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Osaka. When about five flowers in a sample tree located in this park has come into bloom at the end of March, the official announcement of blooming declaration will be made.
Every Spring, it is dyed in light pink inside the park by 3,000 cherry trees primarily Someiyoshino, Yamazakura, Satozakura, etc. The Cherry blossoms start blooming in late-March, so the best time is early-April.
The park is also famous for one of the best peach and plum blossom viewing spots in Osaka. The peach grove is about 4,400 square meters, and has about 200 trees of 12 different varieties. The plum grove is about 12ha, and has about 1270 trees of 100 different varieties.
The enshrined deity of Hokoku shrine, located in just south of the castle tower, is Hideyoshi Tyotomi who first built Osaka Castle. The shrine offers the blessings of both success in busines and prosperous trade.
– Japanese Garden –
The traditional Japanese garden is a little-known place, because the garden is located on the corner of the Hommaru square, which is just next to the castle tower. You can feel traditional Japanese atmosphere and take picture in front of beautiful pond.
– Gokurakubashi-Bridge –
Gokurakubashi-Bridge is located in north of the castle tower. You can see both the castle tower and bridge, which is decorated “Giboshi”, round shaped traditional Japanese jewel.
Osaka Castle Park
|ADDRESS||〒 540-0002 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka|
|ADMISSION FEE||Free (some facilities require fees)|
|URL||Osaka Castle Park|