Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park

Built by Meiji Emperor honoring Toyotomi Hideyoshi

By Takako Sakamoto    - 3 min read

When I visited Osaka Castle the other day, I had one more thing I wanted to see besides the castle itself. It was Hōkoku Shrine inside the Osaka Castle Park because I'd already visited the Toyokuni Shrine in Kyoto and both shrines were built (resurrected) by the order of the Meiji Emperor just after the Meiji Restoration in 1868 and enshrine Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan who was the Tokugawa Shogunate's enemy. I find it interesting that the Tokugawa Shogunate considered Hideyoshi their strongest enemy and after his death destroyed everything related to him, including Osaka Castle. Yet, as soon as the Tokugawa Shogunate was overturned by the new Meiji government which consisted of pro-Hideyoshi clans, Hideyoshi's glory was resurrected! Ironic twist of fate. This shrine was built in 1879 by the order of the Meiji Emperor in Nakanoshima, Osaka, and was moved to the current location inside the Osaka Castle Park in 1961 overlooking the Osaka Castle, the best place for Toyotomi Hideyoshi who built the original Osaka Castle a long long time ago (1583). For further information on this shrine, please see the links below.

Osaka Castle Park Series 1. Osaka City Museum Building 2. Hōkoku Shrine in Osaka Castle Park 3. Small shrines inside Hōkoku Shrine 4. Shusekitei in Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka 5. Beauties at Hōkoku Shrine, Osaka 6. Shudo-kan in Osaka Castle Park 7. Kyoikuto in Osaka Castle Park 8. Pretty Flowers in Osaka Castle Park 9. Animals in Osaka Castle Park

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.