Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park is a public urban park and historical site situated around Osaka-Jo in Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan. It lies on the south of the Kyu-Yodo River or more commonly called; Okawa.
The park occupies a large area in the center of the city of Osaka. This park is second largest park in the city and was constructed on a site with a long history.
Osaka castle park covers an area of 106.7 hectare.
Osaka castle park is colorfully embellished.
In the 15th century, a militant temple, Ishiyama Hongan-ji, was built here. In 1583, Toyotomi Hideyoshi destroyed Ishiyama Hongan-ji and built Osaka Castle here.
From 1870 to 1945 the Osaka Imperial Arsenal used a large area and it was destroyed at end of the World War II. On 1931, Osaka Castle Park was opened to the public, but most of the area was used by the Imperial Japanese Army.
You can see about 600 cherry trees, including Somei Yoshino in the Nishinomaru Garden.
About 95 kinds of Japanese apricot flowers, 1250 trees in total bloom in Ume Grove, and in Omoide-no-mori (Grove of Remembrance), you can enjoy beautiful autumn colored leaves.
The magnificent moats and the stone walls consist of numbers of huge stones and they are symbols of the solid defenses of Osaka Castle. The moats are 70 to 90 meters in width, and a number of the stone walls, which stand at both sides of the moats, are more than 20 meters in height.
The total length of the stone walls made of granite extends to 12 kilometers and the number of stones used in the walls amounts to 500,000 to 1,000,000. The harmonized beauty of the magnificent moats and the stone walls impresses visitors.
After World War II, most of the military complex was removed and replaced by the public urban park. In the park presently, there’s Osaka Castle’s hall and keep tower, a large athletic field, baseball field, football field, open air music theater open air concert hall.
Old buildings and structures from the Edo period, including stone walls of outer moats and inner moats, have escaped the ravages of numerous wars and casualties. The 13 structures, including the gate, gun powder storehouse, and turrets, are recognized as Important Cultural Properties by the national government.
From the top of keep tower, we can see from Osaka Bay to Mount Ikoma which surround the Osaka plain. Every weekend, some busking groups perform in the park.
In spring, cherry blossom and plum blossom viewing is popular at this park.
There is also a shrine located on Osaka Castle Park’s grounds.
Hokoku Shrine or Hokoku-jinja is a Shinto shrine.
It is one of several Toyotomi shrines built in honor of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
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