Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a landmark tourist spot in Osaka. Aside from Osaka Castle and Osaka Castle Park, the area where Osaka Castle is located is packed with many must-see places, including the neighboring Naniwa no Miya Ato (Naniwa no Miya Palace Ruins). Osaka Castle was built in 1583 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi (a samurai who held the supreme power over the state in the latter half of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573 – 1603)) over the ruins of Ishiyama Honganji Temple, but it was destroyed by fire, around the same time as the death of Toyotomi, during the Summer Siege of Osaka. It was later rebuilt by the Edo Shogunate (which held power from 1603 to 1868) by burying several meters of it in soil. The castle standing there now was erected after the Edo period.

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