Fortress In Focus!

The steel and concrete tower of the Osaka Castle is a 1995 restoration. Faithful to its Tokoguwa era splendour in appearance, and the final in a series of rebuilding attempts since its founding in the 16th century.

The castle’s very modern interior houses a small but informative museum, with exhibits on the Shoguns (warlords), who were an intrinsic part of its history.

Osaka Castle

The 30 meter high ramparts, surrounded by a magnificent moat, are much older, with two (of the seven original) turrets dating back to the 17th century Edo restoration.

These walls are reputed to have been constructed with over 40,000 rocks – a million according to some accounts – that powerful daimyo from around Japan, personally hand carried to the site, in order to display their loyalty to their Shogun!

Turret, Osaka Castle

But it was the castle grounds that delighted my voyeuristic soul.

Osaka 7

A cutting edge time capsule………

Osaka 13

and the rapt perusal of the castle contours, by adorable little Picasso’s…

Until next time………happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

40 thoughts on “Fortress In Focus!

  1. You never fail to impress! How do you get to catch all these happenings!!!???
    That castle is mighty gorgeous! And the stone walls, it’s so amazing how they do this thing back in the days.

  2. Wonderful photos, Madhu. I particularly like the one of the children in the meditative posture. The image speaks serenity to me – something we all need. Bless you.

  3. Very impressive buildings, what a story they tell – fascinating enthusiasm from the children’s part – beautiful, very weel captured… 🙂

  4. Love the blend of focused attention and walls. I love how these kids have just plopped down to do their drawings. Be it palaces, parks, temple grounds, etc., it seems to bring out an eclectic mix. The super hero definitely gets the quirky award, but look how focused he is.

  5. japanese buildings are treasured and restored so faithfully …it looks even better now than when we were there in the 90’s (i must go and pull out our photos now)…such charming photos of the people around too, thanks madhu!

  6. Thanks for posting Madhu , I really love your great choices of image for this week theme stunning my friend 🙂

  7. I’ve never been to Japan…Beautiful castle and interesting surroundings! Great photo as usual and we get the story too. Their old culture is very interesting – and their children so focused. This spring my children are going to Japan both of them. They are interested in the old art. Myself I would like to visit some of their magnificent gardens too…Maybe someday…

  8. Beautiful photos. The adorable little Picasso took my breath away. 🙂 His pagoda is already beautiful at that early stage. How talented he is. 🙂

  9. it is beautiful Madhu…I love the crazy justaposition of it all…the old/new…the inane [superhero]/serene…it has so much there to sate the senses

  10. The architecture of the fortress is beautiful, and the local artists, endearing!

  11. Impressive! This brings back memories. Osaka Castle and its museum is one of the first places I visited on my first trip to Japan. Great photos, Madhu!

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