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Ultimate Guide to Osaka Castle: 05

Yamazato-maru Bailey to Hidden Bailey

This photo story is to guide you step-by-step as you explore the Osaka Castle and the Osaka Castle Park. The fifth leg of the journey begins at the 'Yamazato-maru Bailey', which literary means, 'Mountain Village'. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the king of Japan who built Osaka Castle in the 16th century, loved art and architecture. He planted many kinds of trees in an effort to create his own 'mountain village' on the castle grounds, and had several tea houses built on his own artificial mountain in order to enjoy the art of tea and the beauty of nature. When you pass the Yamazato-maru Bailey you can finally see the main tower of Osaka Castle up-close. It's HUGE! and gorgeous. The stone base of the main tower is a little bit distorted and tilted due to bombings during WWII, but the castle still stands strong. This distorted stone base is also something you would probably miss if you didn't know about it. Now you know, so don't miss it! For further guidance, please refer to the links below.

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