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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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As featured in 3 days in Osaka and 1 other guide
Ranked #16 of 201 attractions in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to be in Japan during the cherry blossom and walking through the park surrounding Osaka castle was amazing. The castle is beautiful and very different in design to the European style that I am used to. The castle itself has exhibitions inside and is well worth visiting.

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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit to see the structure from the outside and the fantastic surrounding walls and moats. The view from the top was fantastic. It wasn't very busy so took the elevator up. It takes you as far as the 5th floor then you walk up to the viewing platform on the 8th. Walking down through the floors isn't very... More

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Daegu, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

They say that once you've seen an imperial palace/temple/shrine, you've seen them all - this is definitely not the case for Osaka Castle. Having spend the previous two days travelling around Kyoto visiting the most famous of the aforementioned palaces, temples and shrines I was a little skeptical about how impressive this one could be, but it was amazing! It... More

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rotterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Easily reachable with both train and underground, this is a must see place in Osaka, The grounds are lovely and walking there gives you a feeling that you have been transported out of this busy city into a serene and quite environment. Yes it is a bit of a climb (but you can avoid it by taking the elevator) but... More

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Get there early it gets busy after 11am and take the stairs not the elevator. It might be helpful to know a little Japanese history to see where Osaka fits in, there's a lot of reading on the panels.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

tranquil park, gorgeous castle, perfect if you are into Japanese history and looking to chill in a beautiful park on a sunday afternoon.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

Basically you take lift to the top of the castle @ 8th floor. From top floor you walk down the stairs with different display every floor. At 2nd floor, you get to try ancient costume at 300yen. But you literally wear to post for picture and that's it. There's a queue behind and you eventually will feel sry to continue... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Impressive castle in Osaka, although I didn't enjoy much the expositions inside it. We quite much enjoyed the views from the top of the Castle.

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manila
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The Osaka Castle Park is a must see when you are in Osaka. The Castle itself is good enough to be seen from the outside. We paid 600yen (adult) each to enter the castle which has a long queue (maybe because it was a Saturday). You may use the stairs or the elevator to reach the 5th floor then walk... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

While some of the other castles in Japan are more impressive, this one has a great museum inside and has a lovely surrounding area. Some of the Castle is still original, though most of it is new. Highly recommend if you are done with the modern hustle and bustle of Osaka.

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