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1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku (06) 6941-3044

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    Osaka Jo

    by mikegr Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Osaka-jo.  Osaka's most impressive landmark

    Osaka Jo (Osaka Castle) is a stunning re-construction dating from 1959. Set in an extensive park (populated by some of Osaka's homeless), it is well worth a visit.

    The park is most popular on the weekend and during cherry bossom season in March, when countless hanami (cherry blosssom viewing) parties take place.

    The castle is illuminated at night and is particularly photogenic at this time although I don't recommend walking alone through the park at night (it's probably quite safe but it is one of the more dodgy areas of the city so I advise a bit of caution).

    The castle contains a museum, but is disappointing for those expecting an authentic interior, and it is apparent that a lot more effort went in to the exterior. Despite this there are some interesting displays and the view from the top floor is good.

    Admission to the park is free. Entering the castle costs 700 yen.

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    a great palace & museum

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The castle of Osaka has a long history but the palace that you see there today is quite a modern replica dating back to 1959, it even has a lift inside.Dont miss to take a look into the museum of Osaka castle / palace. The entrancefee was 600 YEN. My favorite part of the castle was the terrace on top of the building, see my next tip for sme photos from there !
    In my 4th photo: the signal-gun or noon-marker of Osaka castle, you will see it next to the entrancegate to the museum.

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    the view from the top of the castle

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos or videos inside the castle and museum of Osaka, but at least you can do so on top of the castle, on a large terrace going into all directions. That way you will see some of the great decorations of the palace, the fish for instance are ment in order to keep away fire from the building. My 2nd and last photos are showing some great decorations of the corners of the fence of that terrace.

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    Osaka Castle

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    View of Osaka Castle with Dez
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    Osaka Castle as you can see in the photos I posted here has a beauty of its own and one of the famous castles in Japan.

    I would recommend that when you visit the castle, do it during festival season. Also, the best time to see cherry blossoms is in the early month of April. Large numbers of cherry trees are all around the public park. From the outside, you have the chance to witness a spectacular view of the castle surrounded by beautiful colours of the blossoms.

    Osaka Castle is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM daily but closed at the beginning and end of the year. As of this writing, the general admission is 600 Yen.

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    the castle-walls

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A special technique was used in order to set togeather the stones of the walls of the palace in Osaka. There are several walls and the first such all is surrounded by a moat. You have to walk through several gates untill you will finally get to the castle of Osaka.

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    Nijo Castle

    by WYLENEoftheWORLD Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nijo Castle
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    Nijo Castle has a unique feature in it's "nightengale" floors. Outside of the main rooms, the halls are a special type of floor that when walked upon chirp like a nightengale bird. Thus, the inhabitants were alerted when an undesirable was sneaking up on them at night!

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    Osaka Castle

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 17, 2010

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    Osaka Castle with Autumn Foliage
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    Osaka Castle was originally commissioned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1684 but was later destroyed by the Tokugawa. The current reconstruction was built in the 1930s and updated in 1997. Although it is a reconstruction, the castle walls and moat are well-preserved and the inside contains a lot of information about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, as well as some artifacts. It also has an excellent view from the top of the surrounding park and city. The castle is also nice to look at from the outside with its unique green tiles.

    Entrance is 600 yen, but it is free to roam around the park.

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    A castle to take your breath away

    by muratkorman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The constrution of Osaka Castle started in 1583 by the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times. In 1931 the present reconstruction of the castle tower was built and it survived the war surprisingly. In 1997 major repair works have been done. Now the castle tower is entirely modern inside hosting a museum giving amazing details about its history. The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, moats and gates. The whole Osaka Castle Park is about 2 square kilometers with lots of green area, sport facilities, a multi purpose arena and Hokoku Shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In early April, the park becomes a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing. Admission fee is 600 JPY for the castle tower and the museum can be visited from 9 am to 5 pm.

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    Osaka Castle

    by elPierro Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Osaka Castle is situated in a large park and is really impressive. A totally different from any european-style castle but still you notice this is quite a fort. You have to pass several walls and gates before you reach the grounds of the castle itself.

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    Osaka castle

    by tompt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Osaka castle

    The castles history began in 1496. There were several rulers, and it changed shape many times. In 1868 most of the buildings were burnt down. In 1931 the castle was reconstructed and in 1948 it became a historical sites park.

    Inside the castle is a museum, where you can see the history of Osaka castle.

    Opening times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    ( Last admission is at 4:30pm.)

    Adults 600Yen , Children Free

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    Time capsule

    by tompt Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    time capsule in Osaka

    On the castle grounds a time capsule is buried. The capsule was made during the 1970 EXPO. The thought is that the top part of this capsule will be opened every century, but the bottom must not be opened in 5000 years, which makes it 6970. We will not be around by then so we searched the internet for info, what is in there?
    Here is what we found:
    There are 2098 cultural assests of the 20th century in there.
    Everything from the sacred to the profane is represented in the 2,008 objects (pictured left) enclosed: a silk condom, false teeth, a glass eye, insects encased in resin, an origami instruction book, pamphlets on how to brew sake, handcuffs, counterfeit money, a string of fake pearls, and that essential part of 20th Century life—a "micro-mini" television set.
    If you want to read more about it, here is where we found it: http://www.retrofuture.com/timecapsule.html

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    Osaka Castle

    by Gili_S Written Dec 1, 2009

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    The Osaka Castle which I understand is about 500 years old is probably the most interesting land mark in Osaka and probably the most visited place by the tourists here. It is a large facility by the water and content museum and other interested site within.

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    Osaka-Jo

    by Carino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Osaka Castle

    Built in 1583 and expanded until 1598 Osaka Castle is nowadays a major tourist attraction in Osaka. The architecture is just great and the walk up the tower (a museum actually) gives an impression about the history of the castle.

    Opening Hours
    9am - 5pm (extended in Spring & Summer)

    Admission
    600 yen

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    Osaka Castle

    by aukahkay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Osaka castle in spring
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    Osaka Castle is Osaka's iconic landmark. Built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it was intended to be the center of a new unified Japan under the Toyotomi rule. The present structure is a 1931 concrete reconstruction of the original which was refurbished in 1997 with an elevator added. The elevator takes you up to the 5th floor from where you will walk up to the 8th floor where you can have a panoramic view of Osaka.
    Inside the castle is a museum of the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's life and the history of the castle. An exhibition of samurai armous and weapons is also on display.

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    Osaka Castle

    by jlanza29 Written Apr 30, 2012

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    First built in the 1580s on the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle was the largest castle in Japan, a magnificent structure used by Toyotomi as a military stronghold from which to wage war against rebellious feudal lords in far-flung provinces. By the time he died in 1598, Toyotomi had accomplished what no man had done before: crushed his enemies and unified all of Japan under his command.

    After Toyotomi's death, Tokugawa Ieyasu seized power and established his shogunate government in Edo. But Toyotomi's heirs had ideas of their own: Considering Osaka Castle impregnable, they plotted to overthrow the Tokugawa government. In 1615, Tokugawa sent troops to Osaka where they not only annihilated the Toyotomi insurrectionists but destroyed Osaka Castle. The Tokugawas rebuilt the castle in 1629, but the main tower was destroyed by lightning 36 years later, and the rest burned in 1868 as the shogunate made their last stand against imperial forces in what later became known as the Meiji Restoration.

    The present Osaka Castle dates from 1931 and was extensively renovated in 1997. Built of ferroconcrete, it's not as massive as the original but is still one of Japan's most famous castles and is impressive with its massive stone walls, black and gold-leaf trim, and copper roof. Its eight-story donjon (keep) rises 39m (130 ft.), with a top-floor observatory offering bird's-eye views of the city. The rest of the donjon houses a museum that uses videos, holograms, models, and artifacts to describe the life and times of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and history of the castle. Unfortunately, most explanations are in Japanese only, but there's plenty to see, including a folding screen with scenes of the intense fighting that took place between Toyotomi and Tokugawa forces, samurai armor and gear, a full-scale reproduction of Toyotomi's Gold Tea Room, and a model of Osaka Castle during the Toyotomi Era. If you want, you can have your photo taken in period clothing for ¥300. Plan on about 45 minutes here.

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