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Osaka Castle

1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6941-3044
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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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  • Very good45%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6941-3044
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Reviewed July 5, 2016

The museum is worth the small admission fee. It is worth going up the flight of 5 stairs for the view and the park is a lovely stroll and has a botanical garden that should not be missed. There are some small food stands near...More

Thank Acesilva
Reviewed July 5, 2016

This was a place I wanted to visit for a long time. Seeing the detail of the roof, the decorations, all the things people could do back then, always amaze me. The castle is very beautiful and the exhibition inside about its history is very...More

Thank AngelaOP
Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

From the outside, it is a site to behold. White, elevated and majestic with amazing compound surrounded by a moat. The entrance fee is hefty; almost 6-7 dollars, but it is worth to see what is inside. I guess, I'm little disappointed because the original...More

Thank Gingermint
Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Simply looking at this castle from a far made me fall in love with it. The pictures exactly portray the beauty of this castle. The walk all the way to the castle was a bit too much to handle. It was around a 15-20 minute...More

Thank Jean Y
Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We started early from Kyoto and with our JR pass, were only 15 minutes away from the castle. The castle is a little hike from the JR station and is a little up hill but the views are amazing. Heat and humidity didn't stop our...More

1  Thank Stevo74
Reviewed July 2, 2016

We got wow-ed from when we entered the surrounding park to the gates and the inner area. It was a warm day so we ran out of water but of course there were stands with food and drink inside.

Thank John J
Reviewed July 2, 2016

The castle played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century, The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 and completed in 1597, however, troops attacked it and destroyed the castle and terminated the Toyotomi lineage in 1615. Osaka Castle was...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed July 2, 2016

Osaka Castle is a landmark of Osaka, and one of the most popular touristic destinations in Osaka. The castle is not the original one, which was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but it still evokes the glory of the past. On every floor there is a...More

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed July 1, 2016

The Castle itself and the surrounding area are very beautiful. The top floor of the Castle also gives you a great 360 view of Osaka. However, the inside of the Castle has been completely modernized and turned into a museum. I wouldn't mind visit the...More

Thank Infernal
Reviewed June 30, 2016

This was a great way to get a dose of proper Japanese culture and learn the history of the castle. The views from the top are a good reward for walking up the stairs as well :)

Thank peekz
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Sam W
May 3, 2017|
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Response from kings_20147 | Reviewed this property |
I saw lots of shops you can rent kimonos and they were 20-30 US dollars not sure I saw any samurai rentals but I'm sure they are around.
Jason V
April 7, 2017|
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Response from jamie e | Reviewed this property |
Castle opens and closes as stated 9-5, i think your find the grounds outside the moat are open 24 hours? main reason being they have venues nearby. The grounds inside the moat are locked down.
Richard M
March 20, 2017|
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Response from EugeneTheGreat | Reviewed this property |
There is a rail website called hyperdia you could try. Key in the time and to/from stations and it will give you the routes/trains to take. The app JapanRail is also similar and very helpful. It even tells you exactly which... More