Osaka Castle Course

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Osaka Castle Course

Modern Osaka has its origin in the establishment of ”Osaka(Ishiyama)Gobou” by Rennyo. Osaka became one of the most famous cities in the world after Hideyoshi Toyotomi who succeeded Nobunaga Oda’s spirit Osaka Castle in 1583. Hideyoshi found Uemachi Daichi very important as the location of Osaka because Yodogawa river and Yamatogawa river joined in its northern part. Uemachi Daichi , the center of water transport in Kinki region and Seto inland sea could easily be protected by the military. Large-scale construction was done for establishing a base for Toyotomi’s administration, and Osaka became the political and economic center of Japan. The castle was rebuilt by the Tokugawa family after the ruin of the Toyotomi family, and it was the base of the Tokugawa administration in western Japan by the end of the Edo era. Currently, This historic site is loved by many as a park.

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大阪城ルートマップ

ルート詳細
桜門
桜門 Sakura-mon 桜門 Sakura-mon

 Sakura-mon which literally means cherry gate was so named because the beautiful cherry trees lined up on this access to the castle in the Toyotomi Period

天守閣井戸屋
天守閣 Tenshukaku(Osaka Castle Museum) 天守閣 Tenshukaku(Osaka Castle Museum)

Tenshukaku(the donjon)built by Tokugawa was about 58 meters high which exceeded the original one built by Hideyoshi(burned in a battle). Tokugawa used the donjon to show his power. Tokugawa’s donjon was burned by lightning in 1665 and thanks to the donations by citizens, the current one was rebuilt in 1931 modeled on Hideyoshi’s donjon.

大手門
大手門 Ote-mon 大手門 Ote-mon 「城を守る強固な門と英知を誇る防衛術」

Ote-mon is the front gate of Osaka Castle. When you enter the Ote-mon gate, you will see the Tamon-yagura turret built on the big stone wall; the square enclosed by the Ote-mon gate, the ensuing walls, and the Ote-guchi Masugata(Ote-Square). It was used to prevent enemies from entering inside of the castle.

西の丸庭園
西の丸庭園 Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden 西の丸庭園 Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

Nishinomaru used to be where Hideyoshi’s wife, Nene lived in until Iyeyasu, Hideyoshi’s enemy occupied it. It now has been a well-known garden for cherry-blossoms, Hideyoshi’s favorite flower.

大阪歴史博物館
大阪歴史博物館 Osaka Museum of History 大阪歴史博物館 Osaka Museum of History

Osaka museum of history is located exactly at the site of Naniwa Nagara Toyosakinomiya established by Emperor Koutoku in the Aska Era. Each floor uniquely introduces the history of Osaka from ancient to modern times.

越中井
越中井 Ecchui Wall 越中井 Ecchui Wall

Christian Garasha Hosokawa told her vassal to kill her when enemy, Misunari Ishida tried to kidnap her at Sekigahara battle in 1600. The well inside Hosokawa family’s residence has been still preserved as Ecchui.

聖マリア大聖堂
聖マリア大聖堂(玉造教会) Grand Cathedral of  Virgin nary of Osaka 聖マリア大聖堂(玉造教会) Grand Cathedral of Virgin nary of Osaka

Tamatsukuri Church was originally established in 1894. The current one built in 1963 features 100 stained-glassed windows and store statues of Ukon Takayama, a Christian feudal lord and Garasya Hosokawa in front of the church.

玉造稲荷神社
玉造稲荷神社 Tamatsukuri-Inari Shrine 玉造稲荷神社 Tamatsukuri-Inari Shrine

“Tamatsukuri” is named after Tamatsukuribe, ancient craftsmen of ornaments. Ever since Hideyoshi Toyotomi rebuilt the shrine in 1603, it has become a guardian god of Osaka castle.

太閤下水
太閤(背割)下水 Taikoh Gesui(Lord Sewerege) 太閤(背割)下水 Taikoh Gesui(Lord Sewerege)

Hideyoshi who built Osaka Castle also developed an elaborate and unique sewer system spanning some 350km which in the oldest in Japan . Remnants of this 400 year old project can still be seen. (Reservations are need.)

アクアライナー
アクアライナー(大阪城港) Aqua-Liner (Osaka River Cruising) アクアライナー(大阪城港) Aqua-Liner (Osaka River Cruising)

Take the “Aqua-Liner” and tour the “Water Metropolis” from the river. The long, flat boat 2.3m in high (in total, above and under the water), so that it can pass under bridges.

Web Link
http://www.osakacastle.net/
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