Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a fortified building surrounded by a park and moat, located east of the economic capital of Kansai. First erected in 1583, Osaka-jo's keep has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, until its last modern concrete version was completed in 1997. It is one of the city's main attractions for visitors.

Like many of its counterparts in Japan, Osaka Castle has been rebuilt several times. Dating from the end of the 16th century at the initiative of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the last reconstruction of the dungeon of Osaka-jô dates from the end of the 20th century and its interior therefore now has all the modern comforts. The ramparts and moats, on the other hand, remain original.

This explains this very modern glass ramp, adjacent to the castle, which serves as a disabled access. Visiting the interior, you will discover a museum on its history and that of Osaka during the Edo period, far from the place that the castle now occupies in the heart of the city's buildings. The view from its top floor (the eighth, despite five external levels) allows you to appreciate this astonishing topographical position.

The walk around Osaka Castle is no less pleasant since the park around it is quite large (one square kilometre) and offers a lung of greenery to the east of a city that is very urbanized. Thus, this large park acts as a kind of Central Park for the locals, who will come to run or take a long walk with their dog.