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Osaka Castle Park News

Photo Essay: Osaka Castle — A history of mystery, war and tragedy Special

Osaka - The history of Osaka Castle, spanning almost 430 years, is filled with wars, violence, tragedy and destruction; the magnificent fortress has been rebuilt several times, and now, restored to its XVI Century splendor, the castle houses a historic museum.
 

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The inner moat is as wide as a river. Only one bridge in the proximity of the castle crosses the moa...
The inner moat is as wide as a river. Only one bridge in the proximity of the castle crosses the moat. The outer moat is wider and has four bridges.
Huge walls hold the terraces where the Castle is located.
Huge walls hold the terraces where the Castle is located.
Children perform on stage in front of the main tower during the 2012 Autumn Festival at Osaka Castle...
Children perform on stage in front of the main tower during the 2012 Autumn Festival at Osaka Castle Park.
Sign at the entrance of Osaka Castle announcing the Autumn Festival.
Sign at the entrance of Osaka Castle announcing the Autumn Festival.
View of a section of one of the many walls around the Castle. Estimates put the quantity of rocks us...
View of a section of one of the many walls around the Castle. Estimates put the quantity of rocks used to build the moats and terraces for the castle in about 40,000.
Inner moat and wall of Osaka castle. The walls have a gentle curve and the stones fit perfectly.
Inner moat and wall of Osaka castle. The walls have a gentle curve and the stones fit perfectly.
Main tower of Osaka Castle.
Main tower of Osaka Castle.
Main tower of Osaka Castle. This estructure is a replica of the original building constructed in the...
Main tower of Osaka Castle. This estructure is a replica of the original building constructed in the XVI Century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
Skyline of central Osaka seen from the observation deck of Osaka Castle s main tower.
Skyline of central Osaka seen from the observation deck of Osaka Castle's main tower.
Inner moat of Osaka Castle.
Inner moat of Osaka Castle.
The main tower has five levels in the exterior  but 8 floors in the interior. The halls of the Histo...
The main tower has five levels in the exterior, but 8 floors in the interior. The halls of the Historic Museum are very modern. There is an observation deck on the eight floor.
Gokurakubashi Bridge provides access to the hill where the castle stands. The original bridge was de...
Gokurakubashi Bridge provides access to the hill where the castle stands. The original bridge was destroyed by fire in 1868. The present bridge is similar in appearance to the original; it was built in 1965.
View from the observation deck of the main tower. There are many of these beautiful gold-plated fish...
View from the observation deck of the main tower. There are many of these beautiful gold-plated fish adorning the roof of each level of the main tower. The background shows a section of Osaka Castle Park with threes in fall colours.