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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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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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Educational and interesting visit

Inside the castle is a museum with exhibits explaining the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and then the rise of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The information is predominantly in Japanese but there... read more

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

Inside the castle is a museum with exhibits explaining the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and then the rise of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The information is predominantly in Japanese but there are more than enough English explanations to get a great understanding. The top level offers views around Osaka, which are pretty average and there's a gift store at the top and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Perhaps we are not into castles and museums and the park surrounding the castle seem pretty ordinary for a park. However it does seem to be well like for the locals. We were there during winter but can imagine it to be a great place to stroll and picnic during cherry blossom

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The grounds and the castle from the distance are impressive and worth a walk around for sure even in winter. Though the castle isn't really that old it is still a good looking place. The view from the top is great but we found the inside to be mainly historical information and in Japanese (as it should be!) but didn't... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Be prepared for a long walk through the park from the train station. A nice castle for some lovely pictures. Inside the castle, there are lots of historical displays about old Japanese clans. On the top floor, there is a souvenir shop and the 360 degree viewing platform around the balcony at the top floor.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The castle building itself leaves a lot to be desired, much of what you see is not old but new replacements, if you want to see the original paintings you have to pay an additional fee, only 100 Yen but it makes you feel a little cheated, also there are two many recordings blaring out offering explanations in Japanese only... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This was the first castle we visited in Japan and is one of the most memorable ones. It has been renovated with tourists in mind and is very easy to get around in. It has beautiful golden architecture and white brick work, it is called the 'White Egret' castle. It has extensive city and garden views from all levels. You... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I visited there for my idle time when I was on business trip. It was nice experience that I knew the history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Well, gotta say I'm not a castle lover, so I didn't feel 'WoW' when I saw it. Anyway, it's beautiful and has very great park around it. I really enjoy the way from train station to the castle although it's a bit far and require some hiking skill, well I'm kidding about hiking. :-P I didn't go inside the castle... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I really enjoyed this castle. It is beautifully decorated and has spectacular views from the balcony and top levels. It is a museum inside and is very hard to follow but worth it for the views.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Osaka castle is generally one of those places recommended in travel books, but I found it really disappointing. The actual castle (tower) is a reconstruction from the 1950s (complete with elevator). It's popular with field trips and has a museum in it (with some interesting items, but you can't take pictures), but honestly, it's a couple hundred yen to see... More 

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