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Explore Osaka Castle - one of the Three Great Castles of Japan

Osaka Castle which consists of 13 buildings that have been classified by the Government of Japan as an Important Cultural Heritage of the Country of the Rising Sun. Let's find out about Osaka Castle through this article today!

Kusa

Kusa

Published on 16 Dec 2019, 08:42
Osaka Castle (大阪 城: Osakajou) is a castle in Japan of the Chūō-ku area, Osaka City, Japan. Osaka Castle was built in the late 16th century by the famous warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi - a great warlord of the Warring States period and was named the second person to unify Japan.

Osaka Castle which is a vertical wall, surrounded by 2 moats, Osaka Castle is located in the middle of this rock wall. The central castle structure has 5 floors on the outside, 8 floors on the inside, and is built on a high rock to protect the people inside the city against sword attackers. Osaka Castel was destroyed and restored several times in 1620, 1931 and 1665 due to the impact of nature and the traces of wars left. Currently, Osaka Castle is classified as one of Japan's three great historical Castle along with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle and is carefully preserved to keep the majestic appearance of the castle for the next generation.

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

To get to Osaka Castle, I departed from Osaka Station to Osakajokoen Station, which is the last station of the Osaka Loop Line train, the fare is 160 yen (about 32,000 VND) and takes about 10 minutes. Time to visit Osaka Castle from 9:00 - 17:00 (welcoming the last guests at 16:30). However, the visit time will be longer during the cherry blossom season, Golden Week and the summer holidays.

Before coming to Osaka Castle you will come across Osaka Castle Park located in the heart of Osaka city, and the castle tower is right in the middle of this park. This is an ideal place to enjoy nature in the middle of the city, such as watching plum blossoms in the middle of March, cherry blossoms in April or enjoying the scenery of the moat built to protect the castle. However, when I arrived in the fall, it was the season of Momiji red leaf season, so I had the opportunity to admire the Japanese hills and mountains with space like being dyed the main red from maple leaves, Ichou leaves, and Iroha Kaode leaves. I went to Osaka Castle in the afternoon, but because for overwhelmed by the scenery and photographed so much that I could only visit for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, so remember to pay attention to the time to be able to visit Osaka Castle.

The moat surrounds Osaka Castle
The moat surrounds Osaka Castle
Autumn scenery in Osaka Castle park
Autumn scenery in Osaka Castle park

From the entrance of the tower on the first floor to the seventh floor is an area displaying historical documents from the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi - the person who built Osaka Castle, the model of restoring the castle, weapons such as armor, swords and miniature figures recreating the battle scene.

1st floor: There are theaters and Museum shop. There are videos of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Osaka Castle in the theater. The movie supports Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese subtitles.

Souvenirs on the 1st floor
Souvenirs on the 1st floor

2nd floor: Showcases basic knowledge of Osaka Castle and Japanese Cities. It also displays a true-sized replica of the symbols mounted on the Tenshukaku tower such as Shachihoko (the symbol of a dragon head with a fish), Easter Tiger ... With 300 yen you can experience the feeling of wearing the Kabuto hat of Samurai fighters during the Sengoku period, try on the armor of the warriors.

Guests try on the armor of the warriors taking souvenir photos
Guests try on the armor of the warriors taking souvenir photos

3rd floor: The products on display change every 2 months. There is also a miniature model that recreates Osaka during the Toyotomi and Tokugawa periods, and the gold-plated tea room model built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi has been restored to its original size.

4th floor: Like the 3rd floor, also change the product display every 2 months, details will be updated on the Website. However, on the 3rd and 4th floors, visitors are not allowed to take photos but can only observe.

5th floor: There are a panoramic map and a miniature model of the summer campaign of the Osaka siege which equipped with 2 panoramic diagrams, with subtitles in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.

Miniature models of campaigns
Miniature models of campaigns

6th floor: As a corridor so there are no display items.

Floor 7: There are corners for display such as: "The Anniversary of Thai Cap Dai Nhan" - recreating the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the form of a diorama model, "Historical truth - the hypothesis of Thai Cap Dai Nha" - episode The story revolves around Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

The diorama model is an interesting way to build scenes in small spaces, often showing historical, natural or fiction scenes that you can unleash your creativity and innovation.

Therefore, the acting of the characters in the story is created very lively and interesting. The story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's life is broken down into several segments and shown on different screens, after watching you will go to the next screen to continue watching the story. Especially including the lines, the sound should help you to imagine honestly about the context at that time.

The diorama model recreates the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
The diorama model recreates the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi

8th floor: This is the observatory. It is equipped with 3D glasses "Naniwa Fukei" to help visitors see the ancient Osaka scenery vividly, there is a "Museum shop" selling souvenirs of Osaka Castle. There is also a "Museum shop" on the 1st floor, but the products sold are completely different on the 8th floor. On the 8th floor, you're able to have a panoramic view of Osaka Castle and Osaka City Street from a height of 50m to enjoy the atmosphere and watch the sunset if it comes in the evening. The observatory is designed to be convenient for even wheelchair users so you can be assured in all aspects.

A view of Osaka City taken from the 8th Floor of Osaka Castle
A view of Osaka City taken from the 8th Floor of Osaka Castle

The journey to Osaka Castle is really great for me since I can explore the natural beauty in autumn, study and observe the history of Japan also feel very impressed by how to combine modern technology to introduce history. If you have the opportunity to come to Osaka, be sure to visit one of Japan's three great historical Castle.

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