Osaka Castle Keep

Sightseeing information about Osaka Castle Keep in Japan.


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This castle was originally built in 1583 for Toyotomi Hideyoshi as a symbol of unification of Japan and was the largest castle at the time. In the 1620s, the ruling Tokugawa family reconstructed the castle and added watch towers and stone walls. The present reinforced concrete structure of the castle keep dates back to 1931 and miraculously survived the WWII air raids.

The castle keep is similar in design to that of Himeji Castle and surrounded by a huge garden area with expansive moats. The entrance level floor now has a threater that plays videos about the history. The top floor offers a panoramic view of the city. The illumination of the castle is also stunning after dark. It is warned that you can take an elevator to the 6th floor but have to climb stairs down all the way.

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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 14km) Google Transit

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A Google User

4.0a week ago

Nice view from the top. Beautiful building, but not sure it is worth going up unless you are into the history aspect. A ticket cost ¥600 for an adult. While inside they offer a photo opportunity with traditional male and female costumes for ¥500. Overall a nice way to experience Japanese history.

A Google User

5.0a month ago

One of the main tourist destinations when you go to Osaka. Enjoy the scenery surrounding the castle as well because it is very nice, especially during the fall/winter months. It was quite a walk to the castle, but there are signs to point you there. There is an entrance fee for the castle, but is free if you buy the Osaka Amazing Pass. You can either walk the stairs to the top floor or wait for an elevator. At the top there is an observatory. Walking down, you will pass a lot of exhibits of the history of the castle. Great if you like history and culture.

A Google User

5.0in the last week

The castle itself is a magnificent structure and shows what a rich history Japan has.
At the time of visit there was a construction/renovation at a certain section of the palace area. You can buy a ticket at the entrance to be able to see the inside of the palace.
This is definitely a must see historical spot when visiting Osaka.

A Google User

5.0in the last week

Amazing place, the castle is a stunning structure contrasted against the city around it. There are a lot of neat displays and objects. I recommend learning a little bit of the history of the castle and the people involved before you visit to help appreciate it.

A Google User

5.0in the last week

This is the tallest castle in Japan and very majestic. Inside is a historical museum largely revolving around its origins and the Battle of Edo. You could spend lots of time here and the surrounding park outside. The 360 view of Osaka city at the top is outstanding. Not a castle to be missed and a must visit in Osaka

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Showed me around the unique and beautifully restored Osaka castle.Recommended museum and many huge stones.

Showed me around the unique and beautifully restored Osaka castle.Recommended museum and many huge stones.

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Osaka castle is one of the biggest and well-known castles in Japan. It sits on the hill of "houenzaka" and attracts so many visitors from all over the world because of its magnificent size and beauty. The inside of the main t...

Osaka castle is one of the biggest and well-known castles in Japan. It sits on the hill of "houenzaka" and attracts so many visitors from all over the world because of its magnificent size and beauty. The inside of the main tower has been completely renovated and turned into a museum where historically valuable items are exhibited. You can learn the history of the castle and appreciate its presence. During the cherry blossom season(usually early April), you can see the castle from the osakajou park(Osaka castle park) where over 200 cherry trees are in full blossom.

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Since I was born and grew up near the Osaka castle, I know this spot well. The castle surrounded by big stone wall and moat is one of the biggest castle in Japan. By the way,there are many other tourists spots in Osaka City, such as ...

Since I was born and grew up near the Osaka castle, I know this spot well.
The castle surrounded by big stone wall and moat is one of the biggest castle in Japan.
By the way,there are many other tourists spots in Osaka City, such as Dotombori, Shinsaibashi and Umeda Sky building. I can also guide these spots.
Please visit Osaka!!

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Osaka castle was the impregnable fortress, but surrendered to the Tokugawa Shogunate. The various miniature models and documents on dislay inside the castle tower serve to help us understand how suplended and gigantic the castle was.

Osaka castle was the impregnable fortress, but surrendered to the Tokugawa Shogunate. The various miniature models and documents on dislay inside the castle tower serve to help us understand how suplended and gigantic the castle was.

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