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Osaka Castle

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Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 6-6941-3044
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s...

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.

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Good for walk or jog, if you do not plan to enter the castle or the museum. Pay an early visit in the morning to keep the crowd, you will get a amazing photography.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a 7-story museum and viewing area I was severely underwhelmed (and out of breath from all the stairs!). The walk around the ground is pretty and the moat area is cool to see but the castle itself is a musty tomb to probably less than 50 artifacts (floor 4 was closed during my stay). Not worth the 600yen or... More 

Thank Jenna W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A long tiring walk from the nearest subway station. Inside the castle, there are stories of past battles and the various warlords of Osaka. Starting from the top floor, you follow the stories of the rise and fall of various empires, some depicted by pictures, toy figurines and 3D screens. There are four floors of historical display. Accessible by lift... More 

Thank merc8989
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good for walk or jog, if you do not plan to enter the castle or the museum. Pay an early visit in the morning to keep the crowd, you will get a amazing photography.

Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Castle and caught the elevator to the top where there is a good view. The you have to walk down to each level where they show small scenarios on how it used to be. Lots of reading to do, some artifacts.

Thank Stancer
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Huge castle and gardens based within the island. The history museum is spread across many floors and guests are encouraged to start from the top which is also the observatory and work their way down. Many exhibits aren't well translated for English speakers, it's also very tired and needs refreshing. Worth visiting for the view and pleasant gardens.

Thank Steven G
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Left most of the review in the Osaka Castle Park page, but thought the highlights may as well be left here too. Plenty of English everywhere and the view is worth the crowds and admission. The park around it is very lovely, but gets quite dark after sunset with very little lighting so do go early to fully enjoy it... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nearest station would be the Tanimachi 4-chrome. Once exit, you will see the Osaka Muzeum and NHK building. Across the road would be the Osaka Castle and the park. It's a nice place to chill around with food stalls just in front of the castle - ranging from ice creams to takoyaki and yakitori. If you have the Osaka Amazing... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Osaka Castle tour talks about the political history of Osaka (shogunates and battles) with entertaining and interesting artifacts in about 4 or 5 floors worth of displays.

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As everything is mostly in Japanese, there isn't much to see in there unless you can read it. The park is worth your time, but the castle itself is not a must.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On the overall, the Osaka castle is definitely worth a visit. It detailed Osaka's history and origins in a very systematic way, leading one from floor to floor - and from the higher floors downwards. There are interesting visual representations of the history provided screen by screen and visitors virtually walk through them, making it easy to comprehend as there... More 

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