Nak melancong ke Jepun, mesti kena buat sedikit research pasal destinasi menarik di Jepun. Sebab apa, senang nak susun itinerary bagi korang yang nak travel backpakers ke Jepun. Salah satu tempat menarik di Jepun ialah Osaka Castle Sebuah Istana Indah Dan Bersejarah Di Jepun. Kalau ke Osaka, ini adalah tempat wajib lawat.
Kalau nak ke Osaka Castle, ada lima (5) stesen keretapi yang senang untuk anda berhenti. Boleh pilih untuk stop di Temmabashi Station, Osaka Business Park Station, Osakajokoen Station, Tanimachiyonchome Station atau Morinomiya Station.
Bukan hanya pemandangan yang cantik dikelilingi Osaka Park, tetapi pemandangan Istana di Osaka ini memukau pandangan siapa sahaja. Dari jauh, korang akan lihat ia tersergam indah dengan warna putih sebagai lambang kebaikkan.
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“In 1583 Toyotomi Hideyoshi commenced construction on the site of the Ikkō-ikki temple of Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The basic plan was modeled after Azuchi Castle, the headquarters of Oda Nobunaga. Toyotomi wanted to build a castle that mirrored Oda’s, but surpassed it in every way: the plan featured a five-story main tower, with three extra stories underground, and gold leaf on the sides of the tower to impress visitors. In 1585 the Inner donjon was completed. Toyotomi continued to extend and expand the castle, making it more and more formidable to attackers. In 1597 construction was completed and Hideyoshi died. Osaka Castle passed to his son, Toyotomi Hideyori.
In 1600 Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated his opponents at the Battle of Sekigahara, and started his own bakufu (i.e., shogunate) in Edo. In 1614 Tokugawa attacked Toyotomi in the winter, starting the Siege of Osaka. Although the Toyotomi forces were outnumbered approximately two to one, they managed to fight off Tokugawa’s 200,000-man army and protect the castle’s outer walls. Ieyasu had the castle’s outer moat filled, negating one of the castle’s main outer defenses.
During the summer of 1615, Hideyori began to restore the outer moat. Tokugawa, in outrage, sent his armies to Osaka Castle again, and routed the Toyotomi men inside the outer walls on June 4. Osaka Castle fell to Tokugawa, and the Toyotomi clan perished.
In 1620, the new heir to the shogunate, Tokugawa Hidetada, began to reconstruct and re-arm Osaka Castle. He built a new elevated main tower, five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and assigned the task of constructing new walls to individual samurai clans. The walls built in the 1620s still stand today, and are made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar. Many of the stones were brought from rock quarries near the Seto Inland Sea, and bear inscribed crests of the various families who contributed them.
In 1660, lightning ignited the gunpowder warehouse and the resulting explosion set the castle on fire. In 1665, lightning struck and burnt down the main tower. In 1843, after decades of neglect, the castle got much-needed repairs when the bakufu collected money from the people of the region to rebuild several of the turrets.
Under the Meiji government, Osaka Castle became part of the Osaka Army Arsenal (Osaka Hohei Kosho) manufacturing guns, ammunition, and explosives for Japan’s rapidly expanding Western-style military.
In 1928, the main tower was restored after the mayor of Osaka concluded a highly successful fund-raising drive.
During World War II, the arsenal became one of the largest military armories, employing 60,000 workers.Bombing raids targeting the arsenal damaged the reconstructed main castle tower and, on August 14, 1945, destroyed 90% of the arsenal and killed 382 people working there.
In 1995, Osaka’s government approved yet another restoration project, with the intent of restoring the main tower to its Edo-era splendor. In 1997, restoration was completed. The castle is a concrete reproduction (including elevators) of the original and the interior is intended as a modern, functioning museum – Wikipedia”
Jangan risau mudah sahaja nak ke sini. Follow sahaja group yang berjalan ke puncak bukit, InsyaAllah boleh jumpa Osaka Castle melalui jalan Osaka Castle Park.
Kalau nak best, boleh spend masa selama 1 jam di sini, tidak termasuk jalan kaki selama 30 minit pergi dan balik. Ini kerana, udara yang nyaman, pemandangan yang cantik akan membuatkan korang terpesona untuk melihat Osaka Castle.
Kalau nak masuk ke Osaka Castle Museum, sebaiknya beli pakej Osaka Amazing Pass 1 Day. Sebab jimat banyak untuk naik Subway Unlimited dalam sehari serta puluhan kemasukkan PERCUMA ke muzium terpilih di Osaka termasuk Osaka Castle Museum.
Kalau nak masuk ke Osaka Castle Museum, kena la spend lagi sejam kat sini.
Jangan lupa berjalan di sekitar Osaka Castle. Ada banyak persembahan percuma dan korang pasti akan selesa berada di sini.
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