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Osaka Castle

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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...more
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1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6941-3044
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A must visit place when in Osaka, highly recommended. Easily accessible by bus or sub-way (I used JR Pass and its a short walk). Incredible views from top, nice park / gardens Amazingly the view IMHO ... is much better at night, photos just does...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adea2013
Reviewed 2 days ago

This tour of the Osaka Castle gives indepth knowledge of how Osaka city begin. The 8th storey exhibits consumed every moment of the visitors time and a worthwhile trip to be there

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 7kyoto
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Osaka castle was beautiful and rich with history! It’s a great way to start your trip in Osaka. I would recommend visiting the market stalls they set up near the castle for souvenirs and climbing to the top of the castle just adds to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stephaniewalden1992
Reviewed 3 days ago

เป็นปราสาทที่ตั้งโดดเด่นเป็นสง่าอยู่กลางเมืองโอซาก้า รอบๆเป็นสวนสีเขียวตามสไตล์ของญีปุ่น กว่าจะเดินเข้าถึงตัวปราสาทได้เหนื่อยนิดนึง ตอนไปถึงก็ต้องรอขึ้นลิฟต์ไปชั้นบนสุด แล้วค่อยๆเดินไต่ลงมา บันไดเดินลงค่อนข้างเล็กเลยครับ ข้างในส่วนใหญ่ห้ามถ่ายรูป มีบางจุดที่ถ่ายรูปได้ นักเรียนเยอะมาก เหมาะสำหรับคนชอบประวัติศาสตร์ สำหรับผมเฉยๆไปนิดครับ ไม่ค่อยอิน

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank nixnaxnax
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The trains and shops have ruined this park. Too much pandering to tourists. The park has lost its peacefulness and it’s awful now. The big business had ruined it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dragon B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Let's start with the basics: this castle is a reconstruction and actually houses a museum with informative displays inside it. If you are looking for an authentic castle that survived WWII, this is not it. That said, I had fun walking through it and learning...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jazyq
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

English review is below, 夕焼の大阪城は昼の姿より全然美しいのでオススメです。ただ16時半に入場が締め切られてしまいます。最寄り駅が2つありますが、両方とも徒歩約20分かかってしまいますので、時間には要注意です。 Seeing Osaka Castle with sunset is much more beautiful than in the noon. But you should pay attention to the time Osaka Castle closes and distance from the station. There’re 2 stations close to Castle, notwithstanding walking about 20 minutes....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sassasan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were staying close to the castle and it was worth visiting even if only in around the grounds. Which I feel gives you the glimpse of how the castle and Osaka back in history. The castle itself have been updated to cater for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IsRazak
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved it. Lots to read and learn about a little poor boy born to a farmer that built this castle and unified Japan, we really enjoyed it! Great views from the top too

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roara74
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The inside was modernized. This is just a nice photo opportunity. Just take a picture then move on to the next attraction.

Date of experience: August 2018
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June 3, 2018|
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Response from peterdeane47 | Reviewed this property |
Hello Zehra Yes I would visit the shine while you are there. If you have time visit the restaurants and tourist shops across the park from the castle. It gets busy but there are places to sit. If you have more time in Osaka... More
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February 10, 2018|
Response from Danieljaybkk | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about the castle but we were outside the castle at the park area taking photo late at night. The photos are great at night.
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December 24, 2017|
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Response from Mojjoyoyo | Reviewed this property |
I think it does. But perhaps today Monday 25th Christmas Day it may be close. Better ask by a phone call
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Quick Trip Update/Report April 15 (2 Replies)
First of all, I'm sorry for all the spelling errors in this short write-up and disjointed content, but I want to give you a quick update ... so here goes... I was in Takayama from April 13-mid day April 15. Takayama festival was extremely beautiful and wasn't as crowded as I was expecting it to be. We were very fortunate w/ the weather and both days were sunny and warm (25 degree Celsius). We didn't see too many sakura in full bloom here, but the whole town was very festive. The floats...More
April 15, 2011|
Response fromShot|
Thanks for your TR. It's like I sorta traveled with you to Takayama and Kanazawa. No, I've never been to either place at the peak/pre-peak of sakura-viewing time. But I can picture how the road looks flanked by the trees at the castle and Kenrokuen. Must've been quite a sight out yonder; not in the Greater Kansai Area, or p'raps not in anywhere else for that matter, can you just see what you did in Takayama Festival. Am really envious of your trip.
JR Pass Usage Questions / Hotel Stay (5 Replies)
JR PASS QUESTION/ HOTEL STAY It's my first time to travel in Japan. I'm planning to buy a 7 days JR PASS for our 8 days trip to Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo. I got some few questions and clarification about the usage. 1. How do you use the 7 day JR Pass? What does it look like? From what i read from travel bloggers, you're going to exchange the JR Pass (it's like a brochure or pamphlet) at the JR Office located at the train station. but after you exchange your JR Pass, what are they going to give to...More
March 08, 2015|
Response fromMapleG|
Question 1-the pass is a folding heavy paper document, sort of passport sized. You get it when you exchange your voucher (which you buy outside of Japan and looks like an old fashioned airline ticket) and then you get the actual pass in Japan. You co not have to start using the pass the moment you exchange it, you can designate a future start date. With the pass every time you enter a JR station you show it to the gate attendant..you do not use the automatic ticket gates. If you want a...More
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need suggestion on osaka itinerary (1 Replies)
Hi, We will be in osaka on april 27 to may5, our tentative itinerary are: day 1 (apr 28) usj day 2 (apr 29) Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel day 3 (apr 30) Osaka Castle, Aqua liner 1-hour cruise, Shinsaibashi shopping day 4 (may 1) Umeda Sky Building, Floating garden observatory, Shopping at Umeda day 5 (may 2) day tour to kyoto day 6 (may 3) Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi day 7 (may 4) >?? any suggestions what to do in osaka? Will be highly appreciated Thank you
March 04, 2017|
Response fromAlvin_83|
Instead of a day tour to Kyoto, you might want to consider staying in Kyoto for 2-3 days. There's actually quite a lot of places (Gion, imperial palace, temples etc) that you can visit in Kyoto. Alternatively, you can add a day tour to Nara.