Complete guide to the highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden

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The Nishinomaru Garden is a lawn garden located where it used to be called the Nishinomaru during the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Osaka Castle. In Nishinomaru Garden, you can view the magnificent Osaka Castle Tower from the vast lawn square, and you can also see historical buildings such as the Enshougura, the Sengan-Yagura, and the Inui-Yagura. It is also known as a famous spot for cherry blossoms, and it becomes bustling with many spectators in the spring. This article introduces the highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden.

For a comprehensive overview of the entire Osaka Castle, please refer to 「Highlights and access methods of Osaka Castle (Osaka Prefecture)」.

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How to enter Nishinomaru Garden

The most convenient way to get to Nishinomaru Garden is to enter from the Otemon Gate.

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If you go a little further past Tamon Yagura, you will see the entrance to Nishinomaru Garden on the left.

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Lawn plaza and Osaka Castle tower

Nishinomaru Garden is a spacious lawn area.

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There was a guide board labeled "Osaka Jyoudai Yashiki-ato." The term "Jyoudai" refers to the retainers who were entrusted with the defense of the castle by feudal lords. The Osaka Jyoudai was appointed after it became Tokugawa’s Osaka Castle, and Fudai-daimyo were appointed.

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Lawn plaza: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(9)

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From Nishinomaru Garden, you can get a good view of Osaka Castle's main tower. During the cherry blossom season, you can see the main tower across the fully bloomed cherry blossoms.

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View of Osaka Castle castle tower from the lawn square: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(12)

View of Osaka Castle castle tower from the lawn square: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(13)

View of Osaka Castle castle tower from the lawn square: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(14)

View of Osaka Castle castle tower from the lawn square: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(15)

Cherry blossoms in Nishinomaru Garden

Osaka Castle's Nishinomaru Garden is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot. During the cherry blossom season, about 300 cherry trees, including Somei Yoshino, are in full bloom, attracting many visitors.

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I will update the photos when the cherry blossom season arrives.

Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House

The Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House is located inside Nishinomaru Garden. It was built mimicking the Kyoto Nijo Castle's Shiroshoin to host dignitaries from various countries during the international conference, APEC 95. It was also used as the venue for the banquet of the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019.

Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(17)

The Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House can be used for occasions such as wedding ceremonies and banquets. It also operates as a restaurant on certain days.

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Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(21)

Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(22)

For information on how to use Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House, please refer to the official website below.

Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House

Tea room Hoshoan

Houshouan is a tea room located within the Nishinomaru Garden of Osaka Castle. It was donated to the city of Osaka in 1969 by Mr. Konosuke Matsushita. It is not usually open to the public.

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Tea room Hoshoan: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(24)

Enshogura

Enshogura refers to a yagura where gunpowder was stored. The existing Enshogura was built in 1685 during the Tokugawa shogunate era.

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Sengan-yagura and Inui-yagura

Sengan-yagura and Inui-yagura were both constructed during the same period when Osaka Castle was built in the Edo era, making them the oldest existing structures in Osaka Castle. They can be viewed from the outside of the moat, but if you enter the Nishinomaru Garden of Osaka Castle, you can view them from the inside.

Inui-yagura:

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Inui-yagura: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(33)

Sengan-yagura:

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Sengan-yagura: Highlights of Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden(35)

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )