Inside Osaka Castle are nineteen scenes from the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the original architect of the castle. There are also Panorama vision screens showing scenes from the Summer War of Osaka, during which an army of two hundred thousand men attacked the city of Osaka and the castle. Despite being severely outnumbered, the defenders won the day.
Fires have plagued the castle, including in 1660, when lightning struck a gunpowder warehouse, which set the castle on fire after an explosion. In 1955, the movie “Godzilla Raids Again” had the titular monster destroying the castle as it pins Anguirus against it.
A Town Just by Itself
With multiple churches, a monastery, numerous courtyards, halls, and more, it wouldn't be wrong to call Prague Castle its own town. Touring the castle allows you to see the Royal Palace which was rebuilt in the fourteenth century in the Gothic style by King Charles IV.
There is also the Golden Lane – which consists of small, bright houses – as well as both St. George's Basilica – a Romanesque basilica – and St. Vitus Cathedral. The cathedral is immense, and one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture in the country. It contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.
Osaka Castle – Osaka, Japan
Osaka Castle is one of the five beautiful Hirajiros that Japan is home to. It is beautifully white, gilded with colors, and the sprawling castle grounds are full of traditional cherry blossom trees, making the public park a popular destination when the trees bloom. The bloom's Hanami festival is home to food vendors, taiko drummers, fireworks, and much good cheer.
The castle is one of the more important spots in Japan's long history. It was built in the fifteen hundreds and was the setting for the unification of Japan in the sixteen hundreds, which led to the Shogunate and samurai era.
Kronborg Castle – Helsingor, Denmark
One of the most famous plays of all time, "Hamlet", was set in Kronborg Castle – though William Shakespeare called it Elsinore. Nestled on the border between Denmark and Sweden, the castle was an important stronghold between the sixteenth century and the eighteenth century.
First built in the fourteen hundreds, it began as a fortress (known then as Krogen) for King Eric VII, controlling the entrance to the Baltic sea. King Frederic II, between 1574 and 1585, transformed the fortress into a magnificent Renaissance castle. A fire destroyed much of the castle in 1629, but King Christian IV had it rebuilt.
Modern Interior With a Classic Exterior
The castle consists of four wings surrounding a courtyard, and a Great Hall – the largest of its kind in Northern Europe – is used for banquets. The interior also boasts royal apartments, a large ballroom that has been updated with modern aesthetics, and a “Little Hall,” full of tapestries portraying a hundred Danish kings.
There is also a chapel that has been used as an army barracks, a gymnasium, and a fencing hall. Numerous famous actors have played Hamlet in the castle of his history, including Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi, David Tennant, and Jude Law.