Osaka castle is one of the most beautiful in Japan and one of the most fascinating in the world. First time when I visit this place I was delighted with the architecture and way how this castle is build. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
Castle is located on the hill overlooking the city of Osaka.Osaka Castle features an observation deck at the top floor and a museum inside where you can find a large variety of historical materials and displays.
At night Osaka Castle is illuminated making an outstanding sight which can be seen from a great distance. The whole of the Osaka Castle complex has been designated as a Special National Historic Site and includes many Important Cultural Properties.
Osaka Castle was originally built in 1583 by the order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, however the castle suffered several destructions throughout its history. The current Osaka Castle dowas built in 1931 with the external appearance of the castle built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. In 1997 the Japanese Government designated the main tower as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
The steep walls which rise close to 30 meters high are made of huge blocks of stone that were transported to Osaka from quarries over 100 km away. The sheer height of the walls and the wide moats they rise above the surrounding plane to make for a grand sight that can be matched by no other castle in Japan. The dolphins on the roof, the ornamental roof tiles and reliefs carved in the shape of tigers are all gilded with gold.
Sakuramon (Gate) is effectively the main gate to inner realm of Osaka Castle. It is located on the Southern side of the castle tower within the Inner Moat.
Inui-yagura turrent provided protection to the North Western side of Osaka Castle from its raised position on the land between the South Outer Moat and the Inner Moat.
Rokuban-yagura (Turret) provided protection to the Southern side of the Castle with its raised position on the land between the South Outer Moat and the Inner Moat.
The Takoishi Stone is the largest stone in the Castle with a surface area of 59.43 square metres and estimated weight of 108 tonnes. The Takoishi Stone forms part of the Sakuramon-masugata Square which is just inside the Sakuramon (Gate) and effectively the main entrance to Osaka Castle. The wall created by the stones including the Takoishi Stone provides a further level of protection to the Hommaru (Inner Bailey) of the castle. The wall was built in 1624 (Edo period) by Tadao Ikeda, a feudal lord of Okayama, who was placed in charge of this key part of Osaka Castle by the Tokugawa shogunate.
This castle is show all beauty and glamor that Japanese monarchy had. If you traveling to Japan this is one of the thing that you must see.