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Osaka Castle

1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
+81 6-6941-3044
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Ranked #18 of 216 Attractions in Osaka
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Type: Castles
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this castle has an observation platform with city views and a history museum that... more » Owner description: Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this castle has an observation platform with city views and a history museum that uses holograms, 3D pictures and other technologies to describe the history of the castle and the period during which it was built. « less
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Osaka Castle, one of Osaka’s most famous tourist attraction is indeed a beautiful and breathtaking building. Definitely an attraction that you have to visit if you are in Osaka. I had a great time taking pictures of the castle from different areas, surrounding the building. Nearby the castle, there are small stalls selling food, ice cream, as well as souvenirs.... More

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LA, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The castle offers some great photo ops and is a great way to get some walking in on the trip. We walked around the castle, but really we enjoyed the grounds and gardens as much as the castle. The crowds all clearly flock to the castle but you can get lost in the gardens all to yourselves while enjoying the... More

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

this is a great spot for your pictures but a bit disappointing inside. we hoped to see some real piece of japanese history but we have been a bit disappointed. the ticket costs 600 yen but if you have day pass of the metro you can save 100 yen amazing view from the top roof

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Easy to get to by subway, well signposted. A great photo opportunity, but not much else to say about it apart from that. The castle itself is a museum which had a few floors of historical exhibits, and the top floor had an observation deck where you can see 360 view of the city. A few parks, city hall etc... More

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New York, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The best part about visiting Osaka Castle itself--not the park and its surroundings, mind you, but the inside--was the view from the top. It's not quite as breathtaking as what you'd see from the Umeda Sky Building, but it's a nice view of the city for what ended up being around $7 USD and a walk up seven or so... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It's a landmark in Osaka, so most visitors should go at least once. (Like) While the outside look like an old traditional Japanese building, the inside has been renovated and updated, and it's actually a high tech modern museum showing the history of its development and artifacts from the era. (Dislike) Only Japanese labels/descriptions of the artifacts.

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Libreville, Gabon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This castle and the surrounding grounds are absolutely beautiful and impressive! The interior however is entirely modern and rather uninteresting. I highly recommend a visit, but only to the outside, don't bother going in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had a great day, the Castle is very impressive and beautiful. Lovely grounds around the castle itself, plenty of good photo opportunities. Inside the castle is a more modern museum of information, the video displays about the history were very interesting. Some videos did not have English translations which left 1 or 2 floors without any use. From top floor... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It's really a museum. Great view from the top but a bit of a walk and no vending machines so make sure you bring something to drink as I got a bit light headed but you have to go out for a drink. You have to try the dressing up part for only ¥300 you can't go wrong!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I went with my family to Osaka Castle in Aug 2014. The Castle looks really beautiful on the outside we took many beautiful shots outside. Theres a fee to pay to enter, i cant remember i guess its 300 Yen? im not so sure. When we enter, there is a choice to take the lift or to climb the stairs.... More

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