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”Ōsaka gojō gohonmaru narabini goten ezu" (Ōsaka Castle and Palace) pictured Edo Period from 国立国会図書館
Pictured in Meiji Period from 国立国会図書館
A folding screen drawned prosperity of Osaka Castle and Castle Town in Toyotomi Period from Wikipedia

Profile : Ōsaka Castle Ruins

LocationŌsaka City, Ōsaka Prefecture
Also known asNishiki Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Important Cultural properties
National Special Historic Sites
Year built1583
Castle lordToyotomi Hideyoshi
Refurbishment lordTokugawa Hidetada
Portrait of Toyotomi Hideyoshi from Wikipedia
The crest of ”Taikō" from Wikipedia

"Taikō" is often referred to as Toyotomi Hideyoshi , title for a regent, later for the grand chancellor, also for the father of an Imperial advisor who passed the role to his son.
The family crest of Toyotomi Clan from Wikipedia

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Ōsaka Castle admission

admission fee : 600yen (Adult) for free(under junior high school students)
admission time : am9-pm5
March 20-April 5 : am9-pm7
April 29-May 6 : am9-pm6
closing period : 【caution】Ōsaka Castle Museum will be temporarily closed from Feb 29 - Mar 15 2020 as a preventive measure the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus reference official site

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Ōsaka Castle Images 

The strongest castle in Tokugawa built on Toyotomi's castle
The main keep of the Tokugawa era was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1665. Osaka Castle was a castle without a castle tower until it was rebuilt in 1931. The current one has been restored from the Toyotomi era and its height is 54.8 meters, "Bōrō-type" with five-level / eighth floor has been reproduced with reference to the " Folding Screen of Siege of Ōsaka Summer Campaign".

The most distinctive features, the top black wall and the lying tiger and crane drawn on gold leaf, are very magnificent. There were three main keep in Osaka Castle, one built during the Toyotomi period, another built during the Tokugawa period, and the other built during the Shōwa era.
It is said that Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a castle owner of Osaka Castle, but he did not have much in it because he stayed "Jurakudai" or Fushimi Castle in Kyoto exclusively.
wide moat

It is said that Tokugawa Tadayori worked to widen and deepen the moat, and to use earth and sand generated at that time to increase the size of the Honmaru and Ninomaru.
Because Osaka Castle is connected to the south by land, The 1st to 7th Yaguras were set up at Ninomaru's southern outer moat for defense.
The one in the photo is the 6th,"Rokuban Yagura"(六番櫓).
Tall stone wall "Takaishigaki"

The eastern, northern, and west sides of the Honmaru has moats, and the south has trench. It features a folding stone wall that is easy to attack from the side. This is higher the further south, It is 24 m above the surface of the water and 32 m from the root stone set at the bottom of the moat.
”Octopus Stone"(蛸石) Giant stone at the end of Sakuramon Gate

The weight is estimated to be about 130 tons. The name is thought to have been named because it has a brown octopus head-shaped stain of ferric oxide on the left edge of the stone.

At this time, the technology for stacking stone walls seemed to have reached the highest level, and the moats and walls were large. Anyway, Osaka Castle is characterized by abundant use of megalithic stones, and it is a real pleasure of visiting there to realize that the stone wall processing technology was at a very high level at that time.
Sakuramon Gate
inside of Sakuramon Gate
Statue of Sanada Yukimura at Sankou-Jinja Shrine from BUSHOO!JAPAN

The place where "Sanadamaru" was set up. It is said to have been built as the departure of Ōsaka Castle. Now is said that he was "the strongest opponent to the general Tokugawa Ieyasu" who could not win truly. Even among many Sengoku warlords, their way of life is extremely popular in modern times.
It is famous for a loophole that is said to have been dug from Ōsaka Castle by him under the shrine.
Monument of suicide

It is erected in Yamasato Karuwa where Toyotomi Hideyori and Lady Yodo escaped after losing in Siege of Ōsaka Summer Campaign.
Ōsaka is a representative city of Japan and is a leading player in Japan's economy, culture and tourism together with Tokyo. Especially famous for sightseeing and gourmet spots, Hōzenji Yokochō, Tsūtenkaku, Shinsekai, Dōtonbori, etc. Enjoying Kobe, Kyoto, and Osaka on a trip to the Kansai region has become a staple.

Click here →【official site】by Ōsaka Convention & Tourist Bureau

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