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“Lovely on the outside…inside not so much”
Review of Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
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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.
Reviewed January 12, 2014

The castle was reconstructed to perfection. The outside renders a stunning view, excellent picture opportunities. But the inside is disappointing, very bare and lifeless. But still, it is worth visiting, the surrounding park is beautiful.

Thank Buriti
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Rather than just see a modern castle during the day, we decided to go at night to enjoy the illumination show (5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m). Although freezing (dress very warm) at night ... it was lots of fun! My dad also enjoyed it a lot. The colour combinations for the lights are quite intriguing at times ...
You can walk thru & around a few of the sections ... Winter Illumination, Big Blue Light, Jewel Illumination & the Projection mapping onto Oaska Castle. And you can sit down in some of the other sections (good for old people). There is a food area, too ... it's a little pricey but, typical of festival stalls.
We paid the extra money for premium access (it's dear, at 3500 yen) but, it was worth it, as it was Christmas Eve and it was packed - and we never had to wait.
You can stand to see the Jewel Illumination to music, but it lasts about 20 minutes ... so sitting in the stands was much better (and as expected people line up for the next show, fairly early) ...
You can stay as long as you like ... so, we ended up spending a good 3 hours there.
But, dress WARM! :)

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

A good walk from the very entrance will take you 10-20min depending on how fast you walk. However, once you reach the actual castle, there's not much to talk about it. It's beautiful yet too artificial, no sign of history is shown. It's interesting because this castle used to be one of the most famous and dramatic castle in the whole Japanese history.

Thank Shin I
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I understand a lot of the attractions around Japan have been rebuilt due to fires in the past, but this one takes rebuilding to a different level. They've done a good job of making the castle look authentic on the castle, and I took many pictures leading up to the entrance because of this. However the moment you step inside and realise there is an elevator, the whole experience is tarnished. At least they could have attempted to rebuild the original interior, but no, let's turn it into a modern museum. The best thing about Osaka castle is the original stone wall around the moats.

Thank nttnf
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Dominating the skyline from our hotel, we set off to explore the castle. Whilst the awe-inspiring craftsmanship and labour can't be denied, and history apart, the actual castle itself is a little of a let-down. A lift to the 6th floor followed by a walk up to the 8th and a few photographs of the views was followed by a decent on foot down the various floors, but almost nothing was translated into any other language, which was a great shame as the story and evolution was therefor somewhat lost.

Thank RocketmanGeneva
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