Osaka Castle Keep4.5
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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5.0in the last week
Absolutely beautiful castle. Be sure to give yourself hours of free time to make sure you can finish everything in time. There is a lot of interesting history to read throughout the castle. The top floor has a patio you can walk out to and sight see. (Make sure the day you go it isn’t a really windy day. ) The top floor also has a small gift shop with some goodies :)
5.03 weeks ago
Osaka Castle is a place you must see when visiting Osaka. The property is beautiful and it's worth a visit.
You can purchase a combination ticket to enter all buildings or just purchase tickets individually. Entrance fees are modest.
It's not allowed to take photos of the inside of the Main Tower, only allowed on the top floor/observation area.
Everything is clean, there are plenty of resting areas with toilets and vending machines.
The souvenir shop prices are modest, though the food/coffee/ice cream prices ate quite high.
Nevertheless, a visit worth. It's a breathtaking, beautiful castle.
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.
4.0a month ago
Wonderful piece of history lodged in the centre of modern chaos. Being an English speaker I was glad to see so many exhibits had English translations - not quite all, but certainly enough. The external of the building is awesome and takes you back in time. The inside is obviously totally rebuilt to make it suitable for the hoards of modern tourists. The gardens are big and spacious, and possibly the best part is getting out onto the "balcony" that surrounds the top of the building - incredible views.
3.0in the last week
The exterior of the rebuilt building is definitely impressive, but I'm not sure if I would go inside for the museum. It is basically a very detailed look at a couple of the families of feudal Lords. Interesting, but I'm not sure foreign tourists necessarily need to know quite so much about them.
There are some English translations, but not for everything. We didn't get the audio guide, but if you are fully committed to learn about this material and can't read Japanese, it would probably make sense.
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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.Read moreClose
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!!
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.Read moreClose