Osaka Castle

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Our final stop was a visit to Osaka Castle [大阪城] before heading back to Taiwan. Like most vacations, the best weather we encountered was on our last day. It was a great day of hopping from train to train, taking a ton of pictures in the process, and getting to spend a beautiful afternoon visiting one of Osaka’s historic sites.

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From the Japan National Tourist Information website:

The Osaka Castle was built in the end of the 16th century by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a well-known warlord who brought the whole country under his rule in the late 16th century. It has been burned down in a series of battles in the 17th century, and reconstructed later. Once again it was destroyed by fire, its donjon only reduced to ashes this time, and was reconstructed at last early in the 20th century.

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Display depicting the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Osaka [大坂の陣]:

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A trio of panoramas:

Our first is the Cherry Tree Gate [Sakuramon] which was built in 1626 during the Tokugawa period, burnt down during the 1868 civil war and reconstructed in 1887. The walls on both sides were restored in 1969:

Pan at Osaka Castle

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Panning the city skyline from Osaka Castle is challenging because of the security barrier around it. But if you can hold your camera out and not drop it you should do just fine:

Pan from Osaka Castle

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Held the camera vertically for this one, not sure I’m too wild about it:

Pan of Osaka Castle

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All information, unless otherwise noted, is from tourist information plaques and brochures.

Carrie of My Several Worlds [another Taiwan blogger] has also recently been posting pictures from her recent trip to Japan. Definitely check out her fish market post!

4 thoughts on “Osaka Castle

  1. I’m surprised we didn’t run into each other while in Japan since we traveled to all the same places. I’m not nearly as organized as you (and also not typing very well at the moment). Your photos are fantastic!

  2. That thought was in the back of my mind, it would have been interesting to bump into another Taiwan blogger while in Japan. As for organization, everything looks pretty nice on the blog, but it has come to my attention that I need to reorganize my Flickr account to make it a little more friendly to people who stumble on it.

    I have a semester break right now from Shida freeing up my mornings, hopefully I’ll get to explore some far reaches of Taipei that I never got around to seeing.

    Get well soon Carrie!

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