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“A castle in the middle of a city”
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Osaka Castle
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Ranked #7 of 881 things to do in Osaka
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Brisbane, Australia
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“A castle in the middle of a city”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

The castle will set you back about 2-3 hours. Take the Chuo line train from Hommachi station to Tanimachi 4-chome (or Tanimachi Yon Chome). Exit out and head left from the main street. You will hit a park immediately and in the distance you can see the castle. Just walk in that general direction and you will find your way easily to the Castle without need of a map.
We enjoyed some snacks from the vendors out front. They were selling custard filled pancakes and of course, anywhere in Osaka there is takoyaki. There was also a busker outside which was entertaining. I recommend taking lots of photos outside becuase inside is purely a museum describing the history of the castle. We took an elevator to the 6th floor, walked a further 2 floors and got up to the top viewing area. Nice place to take photos of Osaka with a 360degree view. The other floors were the museum. We enjoyed learning about the history of the Osaka region and the castle. Lots of walking so don't bring too manythings although you can leave your things at the front for a small fee.

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

It was the first Japanese castle I saw on my previous visit and the last one this time. It looks magnificent from the outside. One can only imagine how grand it looked inside. I walked the castle grounds and around the walls and the moat this time

Visited October 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“A nice castle!”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

A long walk (at least 15 mins) from the subway closest station. 600 yen per person admission fee to enter the castle. A nice view from the top floor. You can see all 4 directions of the city. The other 7 floors are exhibition. The escalator will only take you to the 5th floor and you have to walk 3 floors to the top to see the view. In 2nd floor, you can pay 300 yen to wear Sogun's (Japanese General) hamlet and suit to take pictures. You can spend around 30 mins in the castle. I think it worth the money. if you go all the way to the Osaka castle, why not pay 600 yen to see more? We stayed in a decent business inn and didn't try the expensive crap meal (which we planned to) in Domtondori already saved us 20 to 30 thousand yen. Inside the castle, you will see several big fish which made with gold somewhere.

Visited November 2013
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“Lovely in November”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

The fall colors are lovely in the park surrounding the castle grounds (which you cross a moat to visit). Obviously, the exhibits inside of the castle will be more interesting to you if you know something of Japanese history - notably that of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu (but of course this isn't necessary).

Visited November 2013
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“Better than Tokyo's Imperial Palace”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We can't help but to compare both visits. While Tokyo Imperial Palace was actually a huge garden with beautiful autumn leaves and visitors had no access to the anything resembling the palace, the Osaka Castle was magnificient. It was majestic from the outer boundary to the inner courtyards and when we paid JPY600 each to enter the 7 storey reconstructed castle, it was worth it. You get to learn from the exhibits and paintings the true story of the different era of Japanese history from there. My kids were most impressed with the usage of audio visual story telling when you move from one screen to another in sequence. There were like 30 screens I think. When you leave the castle, you can't help feeling why the Japanese have true fighting spirit and even a desire for world domination.

Visited November 2013
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