Osaka Castle
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Tommy
Calgary, Canada144 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Osaka Castle is a great place to visit to get a bit of a history lesson and get some great views of the city through the observation deck on the 8th floor.
The entry fee is 600Yen per adult, which can be purchased at the base of the Castle through ticket machines. You then proceed up the stairs on the castle entrance where you can stay left to take an elevator to the 5th floor or go right to take the stairs up.
To avoid the crowds, take the stairs on the side instead of the main middle ones. Be sure to pay attention to the direction of stairs as well.
It is recommended to start on the 8th floor and work your way down. As you get to each floor (7, 5, 4, 3, 2) follow the arrow (left) to catch the flow of the exhibits.
It was pretty busy when we went so we primarily took pictures from the top and saw what we could from exhibits. I’d much prefer the ground level and catching the scenery around the park instead.
Written January 21, 2020
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Juan Rodriguez III
Chania Town, Greece8 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
This castle land area is massive. You can see it all in one day, but it will take at least 3-4 hours. Maybe even 5 hours or more if you are walking and stopping everywhere and taking in the scenery and reading the plaques with information. The castle is very tall, taller than it appears in pictures. Very well maintained and beautifully preserved. It was closed due to winter, but still cool to check out. Summer is when you want to come here apparently since everything is open then and flower gardens everywhere. Fellas, if your in Japan, plan a trip here for your lady in the summer. I know I will. The souvenir building had plenty of small shops to get something as well as a a few places to eat or just grab coffee. Huge courtyard as well if you just want to hang out. Awesome visit. Will be back in the summer in the future.
Written January 1, 2022
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Geobar01
Manchester, UK1,496 contributions
May 2019
The original castle (Osaka-jo) was erected in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi following the 16th century unification of the country but Japan's historical buildings have succumbed to earthquake, fire and modern warfare. The castle we visited is no different being a reconstruction dating from 1931 so rather than granite we see concrete. That doesn't mean the castle is unimpressive or not worth a visit, it looks impressive and offers good views from its top floor as well as many interesting displays as you ascend.
Like other Japanese castles it's a steep climb up narrowing wooden staircases so not so friendly to anyone with mobility problems.
Inside there are printed histories and audio, photographs and diagrams as well as historical artifacts and armour and a cased samurai sword that extended out at one end so you can lift it and feel the kind of balance absent from the so many European swords. Entry when we visited cost 600 yen and we enjoyed our visit, walking around the surrounding park afterwards where there are some great views of the castle to be found. It's worth wandering to check out some of the other surviving elements of the castle complex. Though not one to make a detour for like the vastly superior Himeji Castle it's definitely worth a visit if you have some time in Osaka.
Written April 18, 2020
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kerry_hulton
London, UK130 contributions
Feb 2020
Lovely place to walk around and the castle is a nice view. We went inside the castle for around 600-800 Yen each. The view from the top is nice and over looks the surroundings, In the spring/summer it would be nice as the trees would all be in blossom. We went in February which was still a nice view. It has about 8 floors, a lift goes to the top and then you walk down, we walked up as we didn't want to wait for the lift.

Each floor gives history of the surrounding area, I don't know if I would go in if I had known what was inside as the history is not too interesting but the view is still nice. I would recommend to visit the castle and only go inside if you really feel like you have to.
Written February 10, 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
Sep 2019
I went to the Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle, and I’d say by far I liked this castle much more. First of all, the inside of this castle actually has a lot of history of Japanese emperors especially Hideyoshi who built the castle and was the first man to reunify Japan as well as a lot of armors, paintings from that era. But even from just it’s external beauty discounting the history inside, the castle is extremely beautiful, has nice grounds with lots of vantages for an excellent view of the castle and from the top of the castle itself the city views are nice and unobstructed by railing. One word of caution, there are 8 floors with a lot of stairs. I’d recommend to take the elevator at the bottom to the top and read everything on the way down to prevent exerting yourself a lot for the remainder of the trip. We climbed all stairs, and it affected rest of my Osaka trip. Overall definitely one of the best highlights of Osaka. Reasonably priced entrance at 600 yen.
Written January 11, 2020
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Xiaosu X
Seattle, WA30 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Great informative exhibits inside the Osaka Castle Museum for a fascinating history of the castle. The panoramic view on roof top was nice, too.
If you have 1-day subway pass, you can skip the kiosk line and buy discounted tix at the counter. This helped me avoid a ~1hr line when I visited on Jan 2.
Written January 2, 2020
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Timbalso
2 contributions
Aug 2022
This is the second castle I've been to in Japan. The first one was Himeji Castle. Based on that, I went in expecting Osaka Castle to have a more original interior like Himeji Castle but was disappointed when it wasn't especially since I love historical architecture. The interior is very modern and I would consider it more of a museum than a historical castle even though it's called Osaka Castle. Despite this, I did enjoy walking around the castle grounds and visiting the nearby Osaka Peace Museum.
Written August 9, 2022
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Amanda W
Seattle, WA81 contributions
Feb 2020
A gorgeous castle with beautiful grounds. The Museum is interesting in telling the full story on the construction, the owners, and the reconstruction of the castle. Including an outdoor observation area on the top and spacious and beautiful grounds. See the plum and peach grove as well in early spring as the blossoms are magical and fragrant.
Written February 23, 2020
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Eric Kennedy
4 contributions
Feb 2020
As we were about to leave Osaka, I hopped in a cab and did a quick trip to Osaka Castle. Really awe-inspiring sight. I climbed all the stairs and had a look around the interior and was impressed with the history and story-telling in the castle. Once on the top level I took in the views of Osaka. I had a really good, quick experience. If you want to hit a castle in Japan and have limited time, I highly recommend this one.
Written September 27, 2020
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,870 contributions
Nov 2019
The example of Osaka and its castle proves again, that re-building a city's identity through forgotten or destroyed landmarks is a valuable thing to do. Not only does the castle serve as a tourist magnet that is nice to look at and take pictures in front of, but it strengthens the ties of its citizens and their home town. Unfortunately we only got to visit the castle from its outside, as we arrived rather late in Osaka (not even sure if they do tours), but that alone was worth the effort, as we took a stroll through the surrounding park, took pictures and simply enjoyed the view - all for free.
Written April 28, 2020
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