history on osaka castle.
The Osaka Castle was built in 1496 as a temple complex, named Ishiyama Hongan-ji. In addition to the monk's quarters and temple, the entire complex was fortified to protect the inhabitants from the efforts of the warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi to consolidate his hold on the region.
3rd and 4th floor of osaka castle
The 3rd and 4th floors are dedicated to the historical materials gathered from the reign of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, as well as scale models of the Osaka Castle complex as it appeared during both the Toyotomi and Tokugawa periods. The photo to the left shows some of the 8,000 artifacts on display.
5th and 6th floor of osaka castle
The 5th and 6th Floors are devoted to the transition period between the fall of the Toyotomi Shogunate and the rise of the final Japanese Shogunate, the Tokugawa. The main subject of this transitional era is, of course, the monumental struggle between the two families for supremacy.
7th floor of osaka castle
The 7th floor focuses upon the history of Osaka Castle and its environs during the reign of its first shogun, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The photo to the left shows the large screen panel that traces the lineage of the Shogun and his family.
8th floor of osaka castle
The 8th floor contains an outdoor observation deck, as well as a series of Nishikie (multi-colored woodblock prints) that offer a view of the Port of Naniwa, as it appeared around the time of the Shoguns.