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Review of Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
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Ranked #7 of 856 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.
Shanghai, China
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“Lovely place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

The castle and its surrounding is very pleasant indeed. The fort, castle building, and the park is very nice indeed. Recommended for family outing. Climbing up all the way to the top level will pay off. The view of Osaka is great. I went there during the daytime and unsure how it looks like at night (if possible at all). I felt that the castle is over maintained. The castle looks too new to me. Perhaps it is the Japanese way of having tip-top perfection.Besides the castle, one can wander around the compound, enjoy the scenery, and relax in the park. There are some small stores in the park where one can have a bite and buy some handicraft as well. Recommended to go if you have never been to a Japanese castle before.

Visited March 2013
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“Closed when I visited - check your dates!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Getting to Osaka Castle on public transport is very easy. Once off the train there are signs in English that help you exit the train station at the right exit. Once you are above ground you can see the castle poking up above the tree line.
You have to walk through a beautiful park (which has public toilets dotted all over) and passed a variety of food vendors. Sadly I can't tell you too much about the interior of the castle itself as it is closed around New Year which is when I went. I hope that people find this helpful though so that they can avoid the disappointment that I suffered!

Visited January 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Osaka's Symbol??”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

Loved the surrounding area but not the Castle. Not worth the visit. But, do like the scenic walk from the station to the castle and back to the other station. Also, loved those eateries and souvenir shops outside the castle. If you are not into the history of the castle, don't bother paying the entrance fee!

Visited February 2014
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“Lovely park, interesting castle, but don't bother going inside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

The park surrounding Osaka Castle is lovely and a great place for a run. You can take a look at the towers, castle walls, and moat, all of which are quite impressive. The castle itself is beautiful with interesting architecture. The area right outside the castle has some tasty food trucks (Takoyaki!) that I'd suggest giving a try.

I deducted one point due to the inside of the castle. It is an (uninteresting) museum inside that has not preserved the original castle's interior. I'd skip the entrance fee and going inside. Just enjoy the walk through the park an architecture of the castle's exterior.

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

To get to the castle you walk through a nice park that surrounds it. When we got to the castle it was a great opportunity to take photos and look around. Once inside we asked the information for the English audio guides which were helpful and made the castle interesting as it explained all the artefacts and history. The audio guides were also free to use which was a plus. Osaka castle had a few little street food stalls around it which had delicioys takoyaki. All the staff were lovely. Worth a visit.

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