The Osaka Castle dates back to the 16th century and is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. A huge moat surrounds the castle and was a great way to keep out intruders.
We walked around, checking out different viewing points of the moat.
After we circled the moat perimeter, we headed into the castle compound.
Inside you will quickly understand why this castle is a famous Japanese landmark! After passing through the massive gates, you can see the castle straight away. And it is magnificent!!
The trees surrounding the castle make for some nice photos 😊
And a great spot to relax and take it all in with a beer or two 😉
The Siege of Osaka Castle
In 1614 the Siege of Osaka went down at this castle. The occupants held off an army of 200,000 strong attackers and the castle clan were out numbered two to one. Luckily the moat surrounding the castle kept the attackers at bay. Eventually the attackers were defeated and the siege was won!
Unfortunately the following year the castle was attacked again. And this time they weren’t so lucky. Everyone inside the castle walls perished. Then the castle was burnt to the ground.
Many years later, the castle was rebuilt. But since then, many more battles have gone down here. Over the years a lot of blood has been shed here.
Here is a map of the layout of the castle and its surroundings.
One of the buildings near the castle is now home to a theater, souvenir shops and little restaurants. There is even a ninja shop where you can throw shiricans to win prizes!!!
Damn I wish I could be a ninja!!!
It was a lot like one of those carnie games you see in side show alley at the local carnival ha ha. Needless to say my ninja skills were on point this day 😊
Keep an eye out for some geisha that will pass by in the crowd.
An amazing statue of Samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi watches over the castle grounds.
So if you’re in Osaka Japan, I highly recommend spending a day at the Osaka Castle!!!.. Especially since it’s so easy to get to from central Osaka and Dontonbori ✌️