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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 215 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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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Osaka Castle is my opinion one of the top attractions of the city, completely surrounded by nature and tranquility of the park Osaka. To gain access to the park is totally free ticket for the castle instead has a price of about 10,000 yen (€ 10). The castle is a sort of museum where there is a wide range... More

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Oslo,Norway
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23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I´d recommend just walking around in the park and seeing the castle from the outside as it is stunningly beautiful. Inside is a museum over 5 floors with just some poor displays as well as some samurai helmets and suits. Not worth the admission price of the queue for the elevator or the many many many flights of stairs you´d... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Visited castle at night - 3D Projection Mapping Illumination was impressive. Quite a walk from subway to castle but worthwhile to see this grand and beautiful castle.

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful castle. Its interior has a nice layout. Furthermore, it gives a lot of knowledge about its history because of the dayoramas and videos.

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San Fernando, Trinidad
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

One of the top things to see in Osaka. Didnt go inside the castle but yet the walk in the park and just admiring the castle was a really relaxing and inspiring visit.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

It was a nice walk from the subway to the castle. You can see many people jogging in the park. There are some benches outside the castle and a very beautiful park for relaxing stroll. There is a souvenir shop nearby, great choices and price is reasonable.

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Tromso, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

As others have pointed out, this is not the most impressive castle in Japan. On the other hand, the castle grounds are beautiful and the whole "package" is well worth a visit if you're in Osaka. I notice a lot of people criticizing the combination of castle and museum, but I honestly don't see the problem. No, this is not... More

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

If you thought seen one, seen them all - you probably are missing something impressive. I could tell you about the awesome views or the spectacular looking exterior or even that inside is like a modern museum but the thing that truly made me feel like this was a castle was the three stone gates you have to get through... More

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Kota Kinabalu District, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Still a place to visit if you have the time to, everything outside of the castle still contain the Japanese castle and historical feel. Brick made bridges, tall walls for defence, nicely shaped gardens and clean fresh air. However, the castle itself, is a little disappointing with a huge "too" modern elevator bind right in front where most of us... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The overall feeling after having spent several hours in the gardens and the castle itself was that the place seemed to lack an identity. It wasn't sure what it was meant to be. It was part castle, part museum. Unfortunately the museum part was directed at the locals as the various items on display had only Japanese descriptions. The castle... More

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