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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
Description: Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this...
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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Gardens and exterior are wonderful and authentic

We really enjoyed walking around Osaka Castle - the moat, the gardens, the musicians, the other temples. The Castle is also quite beautiful from the outside. We expected to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you are in Osaka go visit the Castle as it is a truly magnificent and awe inspiring structure. You can walk in the garden and watch the castle from the outside however it's 600 yen to get in. Consider carefully if you want to shell out this as the inside of the castle is nothing like the outside. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed walking around Osaka Castle - the moat, the gardens, the musicians, the other temples. The Castle is also quite beautiful from the outside. We expected to see some authentic interior but it was all modern with dropped ceilings filled with museum pieces. Disappointing that there is nothing exposed inside. The Plum Garden below the Castle was in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

After walking around Osaka the whole day this place was a great place to visit and see a bit of history. The views of the castle and from the castle are amazing. If you're in Osaka and you haven't been to a Japanese style castle then this one is a must see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We managed to find our way there only to realize the castle itself was really far away. We didn't even make it half way before getting exhausted. We decided to sit on some benches in the shade where you could see the tip top of the castle. We couldn't make any farther of the walk so if you are willing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Whilst on a business trip to Osaka I managed to grab a couple of hours to explore Osaka Castle Park and the Osaka Castle Main Tower and Museum ('Tenshukaku'). I did not arrive at the Main Tower until 3:45pm (the Castle closes at 5:00pm with last admissions at 4:30pm) but this was just about enough time to take the audio... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Located within the Osaka Castle Park, the Osaka Castle Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks in Osaka. Opening hours are from 9am - 5pm. Last admission is at 4.30pm. There is an admission fee required though discount rates are available for those with certain passes. Go up to the highest floor where you can have a great 360... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I used the Osaka Day Pass for free admission to the castle. I immediately went to the top for the great overview, and then going down floor by floor I looked at the various displays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

walk a little far from the subway so choose the visiting day carefully. really pretty from outside. inside display some stuff. kinda like a museum. have some fee i don't remember the price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great one for the kids! Interactive displays and tours, dress ups, plus the history lessons are memorable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I used to leave near Osaka Castle and ride my bike around it and just hang out and enjoy the beauty of Osaka. It's a must see. I always take my friends who visit. Hanami (The cherry blossoms) is very nice in the spring and everyone sits and drinks and eats.

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