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Most Famous Japanese Castle: Osaka Castle

Most Famous Japanese Castle: Osaka Castle

on Oct. 4, 2009 by

Osaka castle is a place not to be missed during a visit to Japan, its located on a gorgeous hill surrounded by moats, shrines, gardens and barriers to fight off invaders.

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An enjoyable day at Osaka Castle was just what I needed after the heavy drinking during Osaka Nights.

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They were serving beer at the castle during an Austrian promotional event, quite interesting. Especially since I ended up going to Austria a few years later, check out my Innsbruck adventure.

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The castle was gorgeous and the view from the roof balcony was breathtaking.

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Originally called Ozakajō, it is one of Japan's most famous castles, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

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Under the Meiji government, Osaka Castle became part of the Osaka Army Arsenal (Osaka Hohei Kosho) manufacturing guns, ammunition and explosives for Japan's rapidly-expanding Western-style military.

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The castle is open to the public, and is easily accessible from Osakajōkōen Station on the JR West Osaka Loop Line.

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It is a popular spot during festival seasons, and especially during the cherry blossom bloom (hanami), when the sprawling castle grounds are covered with food vendors and taiko drummers.

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The surrounding park was gigantic, you could walk around the castle for hours. It was a hectic day because right after I had to catch the train heading towards the Nagisa festival in the Osaka Harbor.

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