The castle at the summit of Osaka history

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The castle at the summit of Osaka history

At Osaka Castle, symbol of the power and wealth of the statesman Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the clash of arms that carried this peasant's son to absolute power still resound.

Ran, Kagemusha, The Seven Samurai... all these films are situated in the midst of the Sengoku period, also known as ‘Gekokujo' (the ‘world upside down'). In the 16th century, Japan was the empire of chaos. With finesse and a sense of military strategy, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, attaining absolute power, reunited the archipelago and tried to pacify it—in vain. Nicknamed Saru Kuanja (‘monkey head') because of his great ugliness, Hideyoshi built the magnificent Osaka Castle in 1583.

Rebuilt countless times over the centuries, the castle was a prestigious battlefield for repeated power struggles. Now a museum, it holds many treasures: weapons, armour, screens depicting the bloody history of the country, beautiful lacquerware, portraits, and letters written by the master of the castle… Its geographical position and its vast 1-kilometre-square park make it the ‘Central Park' of Osaka.

Osaka Castle
1-1 Osakajo
Chūō-ku, Osaka
Osaka Prefecture 540-0002

+81(0)6 6941 3044

www.osakacastle.net/english/