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Osaka Castle Park

Osakajo, Chuoku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
+81 6-6941-1144
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As featured in Takimikoji on a budget
Ranked #10 of 215 Attractions in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Formally the home of the wife of 16th-century Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 15-acre Nishinomaru Garden is one of Osaka's most beloved cherry... more » Owner description: Formally the home of the wife of 16th-century Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the 15-acre Nishinomaru Garden is one of Osaka's most beloved cherry blossom viewing spots, with the Osaka Castle Tower enhancing the backdrop. « less
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Berlin, Germany
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I really enjoy the trip to the castle, the only archaeological site I visited in Osaka. The view is nice and there is a lot of history explained.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our trip to Japan, in March, was a little too early for cherry blossoms, but luckily my cousin was aware that the plum blossoms would bloom a little earlier. We were in luck -- the plum blossoms were perfect the weekend we were there! (Around March 16.) I think every family in Osaka visited the Osaka Castle Park the same... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Great place to visit. The history is amazing. The entry is free if you buy the osaka amazing pass at the information counter at the airport. It allows you to enter 28 other places free as well plus some other stuff.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The castle was interesting from historic point of view but a bit empty and a bit dry at that; what I fond the most interesting were the surroundings - the park, the gigantic walls and the shrines attached to the place. I also could not understand why the elevator doesn't take the visitors to the top floor since 800 yen... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Lots of walking required! Osaka Castle Park is amazing. I learned a lot about the origins of Osaka, the royalty and the view from the top of the castle is a really nice one.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

the park is part of the castle. When I was there in the morning i enjoy the sakura and in the evening when i came again, there are lots of people doing sakura hanami... with friends or family. seating under sakura trees with the flower petals shower.... it's great... and you can taste yakisoba, takoyaki, sausage and many food that... More

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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Saw the christmas light show projected onto the side of the Castle, was awesome! Went inside on the first day and spent some time exploring the park. There is a great gift shop and places to eat in the park as well.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a perfect place to photograph the Osaka skyscape, especially at sunset. Find your own bench in a corner of the park for a romantic date. Wow, we loved how the golf paint of the castle shined in the evening light. The breeze is so nice on a hot day, with lots of shade trees.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Visited Osaka Castle one afternoon from Kyoto. The Shinkansen was quite nice,and we found the castle with relative ease after taking another local subway train from Shin-Osaka. The castle is quite impressive from the outside. But not the inside. If you want to see an authentic Japanese castle from the inside, do not bother with this one. It is completely... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It's beautiful on the outside. The inside is a modern museum, which seemed odd considering the historic nature of the structure. If you're really interested in the history of the castle, go in. If not, just enjoy the outside.

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