The Osaka Castle in Japan was constructed in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple which had been destroyed thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the centre of a new unified Japan under Toyotomi rule and it was the largest castle at the time.

The castle tower is surrounded by secondary citadels, gates, turrets, impressive stone walls and moats. The Nishinomaru Garden, encompassing the former “western citadel”, is a lawn garden with 600 cherry trees, a tea house, the former Osaka Guest House and nice views of the castle tower from below.

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