Built by the Toyotomi clan to be the center of a new, unified Japan, Osaka Castle was captured and destroyed by the Tokugawa shogunate less than 35 years later. Over the years, the castle has been rebuilt and destroyed and rebuilt. Today, the inside of the castle has been modernized and turned into a museum to educate people on the history of the castle, while the outer façade maintains its Edo-era aesthetic.
A garden of 600 cherry trees has been planted on the location of a former citadel just to the west of the main tower of the castle. During cherry blossom season, this garden is one of the most popular spots to visit in all of Osaka.