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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5.0in the last week

A beautiful experience. There is a building just near with a top roof restaurant. Cover costs 1000 ten with a free drink (beer it’s good, wine not so much) they close restaurant from 2 till 6 pm but anyways you can enter to take some pics. The castle itself has a magnificent view of the city. It’s a must when you visit Osaka. Walking distance from train station.

5.0in the last week

A must to see in Japan. Easy to visit from the railways. Many Japanese history to learn. Original architecture from the past. Located inside the modern city. Don’t miss the time capsule from 1970 which is located in the far right side of the park. Very tranquil and a breeze stroll.

5.0in the last week

The grounds are nicely laid out and lots of history to be told. The castle itself is usually crowded but the exhibitions are interesting, especially if you like history. The view from the top is also nice. Relatively cheap (600 yen?) and definitely worth admission. The garden grounds are free.

4.04 weeks ago

We arrived here via local train. It was a bit of a walk to the castle. Walk had several restaurants on the way and beautiful park with water surrounding the castle ground. There is also a small toy train ride to arrive at the castle. Kids will specially enjoy it. Castle itself is massive and there is viewing area on one of the upper level that gives beautiful view of the city.

3.0a week ago

Nice big castle in the middle of the city. We did not go to the top, although you can for a fee. Seemed cool the line was just too long. Really cool moat surrounds it. Close to multiple public transportation making it easy to get to.

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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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