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Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
(Settsu Province/Osaka Prefecture)

The site of Osaka-jo was originally Ishiyama Honganji built in the 5th year of Meiou era (1496). Honganji was allied with the Mouri clan during the Sengoku period, and fought against Nobunaga Oda. Ishiyama Honganji was formed into a fort and managed to hold out against sieges for a long time, but after a peace treaty was made with Nobunaga, the fort was abandoned.
After Nobunaga's death, Hideyoshi Toyotomi built the Osakajo castle. It is said the castle tower built at the same time was covered in gold leaves for luxury. The Osaka-jo existed as a symbol of Toyotomi's political power, and after Hideyoshi's death, his successor Hideyori took over.
However, the 9th year of Keicho era (1614) and the year after, Toyotomi forces were attacked by the Tokugawa army, eventually perishing along with the castle. After that, Osaka-jo was rebuilt and finished in the 6th year of Kan'ei era (1629). The design of Osaka-jo seen now is a remnant of this. The castle tower was rebuilt as well, but burned up by a lightning strike.
After the Meiji restoration, the castle was abandoned. The castle tower was restored in the 6th year of Showa era (1931), remaining intact even today.

(2008/1/4 、2012/12/15 、2015/9/21 )

Osaka Castle
Main load
Osaka Castle Main load
Korai gate of Main entrance
Osaka Castle Korai gate of Main entrance
Square entrance of Main entrance
Osaka Castle Square entrance of Main entrance
Tamon turret of Main entrance
Osaka Castle Tamon turret of Main entrance
Sengan turret
Osaka Castle Sengan turret
West enclosure
Osaka Castle West enclosure
Shouen storehouse (Nishinomaru enclosure)
Osaka Castle Shouen storehouse (Nishinomaru enclosure)
Inui turret
Osaka Castle Inui turret
Rokuban turret
Osaka Castle Rokuban turret
The ruins of South-shikiri gate
Osaka Castle The ruins of South-shikiri gate
Sakura gate
Osaka Castle Sakura gate
Base of the main tower in the main enclosure
Osaka Castle Base of the main tower in the main enclosure
Main tower (view from the second enclosure)
Osaka Castle Main tower (view from the second enclosure)
Main tower (view from the main enclosure)
Osaka Castle Main tower (view from the main enclosure)
South and North of Main enclosure
Osaka Castle South and North of Main enclosure
East of Main enclosure
Osaka Castle East of Main enclosure
The ruins of Shimo-Shikiri gate under the main tower
Osaka Castle The ruins of Shimo-Shikiri gate under the main tower
The ruins of Hime gate
Osaka Castle The ruins of Hime gate
Kakushi enclosure
Osaka Castle Kakushi enclosure
Yamazato enclosure
Osaka Castle Yamazato enclosure
The ruins of Yamazatoguchi gate and Gokuraku bridge
Osaka Castle The ruins of Yamazatoguchi gate and Gokuraku bridge
Tamatsukuri entrance
Osaka Castle Tamatsukuri entrance
Ichiban turret
Osaka Castle Ichiban turret
Aoya gate
Osaka Castle Aoya gate
Kyoubashi entrance
Osaka Castle Kyoubashi entrance
Kinzo Storehouse
Osaka Castle Kinzo Storehouse

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Settsu Province
Osaka Castle
Arioka Castle
Ikeda Castle
Takatsuki Castle
Ibaraki Castle
Jiou Castle

Osaka Prefecture
Kishiwada Castle
Iimoriyama Castle
Osaka Castle
Ikeda Castle
Takatsuki Castle
Ibaraki Castle
Jiou Castle

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Osaka Castle Main load

Main load



Osaka Castle Korai gate of Main entrance

Korai gate of Main entrance



Osaka Castle Square entrance of Main entrance

Square entrance of Main entrance



Osaka Castle Tamon turret of Main entrance

Tamon turret of Main entrance



Osaka Castle Sengan turret

Sengan turret



Osaka Castle West enclosure

West enclosure



Osaka Castle Shouen storehouse (Nishinomaru enclosure)

Shouen storehouse (Nishinomaru enclosure)



Osaka Castle Inui turret

Inui turret



Osaka Castle Rokuban turret

Rokuban turret



Osaka Castle The ruins of South-shikiri gate

The ruins of South-shikiri gate



Osaka Castle Sakura gate

Sakura gate



Osaka Castle Base of the main tower in the main enclosure

Base of the main tower in the main enclosure



Osaka Castle Main tower (view from the second enclosure)

Main tower (view from the second enclosure)



Osaka Castle Main tower (view from the main enclosure)

Main tower (view from the main enclosure)



Osaka Castle South and North of Main enclosure

South and North of Main enclosure



Osaka Castle East of Main enclosure

East of Main enclosure



Osaka Castle The ruins of Shimo-Shikiri gate under the main tower

The ruins of Shimo-Shikiri gate under the main tower



Osaka Castle The ruins of Hime gate

The ruins of Hime gate



Osaka Castle Kakushi enclosure

Kakushi enclosure



Osaka Castle Yamazato enclosure

Yamazato enclosure



Osaka Castle The ruins of Yamazatoguchi gate and Gokuraku bridge

The ruins of Yamazatoguchi gate and Gokuraku bridge



Osaka Castle Tamatsukuri entrance

Tamatsukuri entrance



Osaka Castle Ichiban turret

Ichiban turret



Osaka Castle Aoya gate

Aoya gate



Osaka Castle Kyoubashi entrance

Kyoubashi entrance



Osaka Castle Kinzo Storehouse

Kinzo Storehouse




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