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Review of Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle
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$49.00*
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Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track...
Ranked #24 of 1,277 things to do in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

A castle constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a shogun who started the unification of the country.

The main castle is located right in the center surrounded by a moat. To get to the castle requires lots of walking.

Firstly it takes about 10-15 mins from the subway station to the main gate (Otemon Gate) and from there another 10 minutes to the foothill of the castle. Just enjoy the serenity of the park surrounding the place and you'll eventually get there.

It costs 600 Yen to get into the castle which now houses a museum to showcase the history of Toyotomi. It is an educational visit and illustrates the history of Japan under the rule of shogun.

Next, the castle has 8 floors. If you're not up to walking up, there's a lift that takes you up to 5th floor. It's recommended to start from the top and slowly move down. The top floor is the observatory deck.

Overall it's a pleasant walk if it's not with the rainfall that hits Japan during summer.

I will recommend a visit to Osaka Castle if you're in Osaka. But not advisable for young children and old folks as the scaling of the stairs will be too difficult for them.

Thank phait_lee
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

Great experience - lovely historic building with beautiful perspective and ambience. Amazing surrounds and lots of history to read about whilst taking in the sights.

Thank KarlSice
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

From the moat, to the bridge, to the high walls, to the gilded castle, Osaka Castle is in every sense a castle. A lovely place to visit.

Thank toniwithani
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Easy to find as it can be accessed from the JR loop line at Osakajokoen. Once at this stop there are signs directing you to the location. After a short walk through the park you arrive at the castle.
The castle has some impressive stonework walls with a moat around it. The moat has a boat tour that costs 1500yen per person, children and seniors are offered a discount.
Admission price for the castle varies, there are numerous discount vouchers available from different maps, tickets etc. Our discount came from the JR pass we held which gave us a 10% discount.
Inside are numerous floors giving information on not only the castles history but also chances to dress in japanese attire with photos, japanese culture, souvenir shop etc.. a toilet is provided in 2nd floor. A lift taking you straight to the top is available if you want to bypass all the information and just see the sights from the top.
At the top the views are good and information is provided on what you can see.
Worth a visit if you are in Osaka area

Thank jasonwymer
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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

First you will reach the outer walls of the Osaka castle and you will be like : "holy moly that's sick." And yes, it is. But as soon as you enter the castle itself you will be beaten with the harsh reality of tourism. The hole castle itself is renovated and inside there are 7 floors where you can read about the very interesting history about this castle but still... it's not what I expected. I truly recommend to come here and see it for yourself but please don't expect to much. I did that mistake so you don't have to do it. :)

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