Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle was the largest in Japan when completed in the 16th century, though it was destroyed twice during fierce battles between shogun loyalists and dissenters. It was rebuilt and expanded in the 10th century. The faithful reproduction stands as the symbol of Osaka, with an eight-story tower that contains a modern museum describing the history of the castle and its occupants. The surrounding park is also famous for cherry blossoms in the spring.

This former merchant's town is one of Japan's largest cities famous for Osaka Castle, street cuisine, shopping arcades, comedy and a recent modern architectural renaissance that including Japan's tallest building.