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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4.02 weeks ago

Very beautiful castle from the outside and especially up close such that I’d recommend walking through the park just to get here. Observing it from too far away just doesn’t do the structure justice.
I haven’t been inside but from what I understand it’s rather staged and not at all authentic - a little bit like the windmill in Wimbledon, in my native London.

5.0in the last week

Amazing place to visit regardless whether you go up or not. The surrounding is quite amazing and despite the amount of tourist, the place doesn't seem to be too crowded. Lots of great angles to take epic pictures of the castle. The whole park surrounding castle is very authentic (well, it is) and the place has been well kept and taken care of.

4.0a week ago

One of the remaining castles in all over Japan.

I have never been to the interior part of the building. It's always a group photo stop right in front of the main building of the castle.

To reach it, we need to walk like 10-15 minutes. the walk itself could be very lovely as we pass the trees with the view of the castle along the walk. Autumn is the best to visit. Toilet is easy to find.

4.0a month ago

Impressive castle with access through nice grounds. The castle looks good from the outside with expansive views from the top floor. As with some (most?) other Japanese castles, the inside is fitted out as a modern museum. There are some genuinely interesting exhibits, some nice video exhibits and most of it has English translation. Personally, I would prefer the inside to be more authentic hence only four stars.

4.02 weeks ago

Should be aware it's a rebuild and the interior floors are modern. However there is a good history of the castle and key players in it's history. It's been destroyed enough times to qualify as a drummer for Spinal Tap.

The undeniable highlight is the views afforded you from the top. Make sure you spend time in the castle grounds go and make the most of the castle exterior

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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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