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

Reviews

5.0a week ago

Very enjoyable experience, it was interesting but the food around was quite expensive. If you want to get inside the castle, it is good to come early, when they are announcing it's open. Otherwise, you might stand a long line. The actual museum inside was nice, included small holograms and translated text, and another thing that you could enjoy, is that you could dress up for 500 yen ( per person ) and take a photo in kimonos & war clothes. The actual photo was 1200 yen.
Overall, you should definitely take this into consideration while in Osaka.

5.0a week ago

Easy access by metro. 6 dollars entrance allows you to see the Castle top to bottom. Beautiful historical place full of stories videos and fantastic views of Osaka. Restaurants and bars in smaller castle next to the big castle. Handicap access to some areas. Only problem the stories written in the exhibit are only in Japanese. I had a great time. Cool place to visit.

4.02 weeks ago

Seeing it from the edge of the park made it all the more exciting for us to reach the castle. However, after paying the 600 yen admission fee and getting inside, I was a little surprised by the how little of the old castle was preserved. Regardless, it was a beautifully assembled history museum with a variety of national relics relevant to the castle. The top floor had an amazing view over the entire city.

Having arrived a bit later in the day, 4pm, there were relatively few people and by the time of closing very few people were there.

4.03 weeks ago

Absolutely an amazing place to view from any distance. It's quite a walk, about 20 minutes to the admissions, which costs about 600 yen per adult. Closes a tad early at around 16:30, but later during the summer. The view of the outside alone is worth the trip if you can't get in. Once inside, it's actually a museum. It's crowded inside and you walk around the center staircase reading about the history of the castle. It's interesting to say nonetheless, but I thought the interior would more traditional. It was still very nice to see. The top floor has a balcony to view Osaka from the castle.

5.0in the last week

Definitely worth visiting, plenty of Japanese history on display and a lot of intriguing stories to be watched or read.
It does have a massive queue to use the elevator to get to the top, as it is recommended you start at the top and make your way down. But as an alternative, if you're fit to climb about 8 floors, take the stairs as it gets you to the top while people wait for the lift.

The view from the top is also breathtaking as you can see most of Osaka city and the lush greenery it has to offer.

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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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