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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5.02 weeks ago

Fantastic place to visit if you’re in Osaka. Recently it’s been getting busier and busier so getting a quiet photo can be a little bit of challenge. The castle is set not too far from the city. Surrounding the castle are beautiful well kept gardens. If you’re in Osaka it’s definitely a recommended place to visit. Recommended.

5.0a week ago

Gave Osaka Castle a top 5 Star rating as it's one of the very impressive and memorable castles that I'd ever seen in Japan. Despite hundreds of years, this castle is still well kept and maintained.
The Castle is huge and majestic. The architectural designs, both external and internal, is amazing and mind boggling.
Despite the hundreds of years, this Osaka Castle can still "entertain" the endless flow of tourists!!!

5.0a month ago

A nice little castle in the middle of Osaka. they had guys that spoke English in the information area which was great to get a little bit more knowledge. Lots of places to walk around and enjoy. Tons of amazing photo spots. They have quite a few little restaurants and shops in the area. A nice free outing if you are looking to get a little culture.

5.0a month ago

In a bustling city you'd never expect to come across an enchanted castle but beyond the moat walls is not just the Osaka castle but a world of serenity and beauty. There's rich history and it's not overwhelming with tourists as you'll find in Tokyo and Kyoto. The sunset is wonderful to watch along the walls but at sunset the castle and the forest comes alive with enchanting lights (tickets are required for the full lighting experience).

5.02 weeks ago

Our family traveled from Tokyo to Osaka to visit to Osaka Castle. I am a big history buff so the castle was amazing. The castle is close to the train so it was a short walk to the entrance. There are many shops and restaurants between the train station and the castle. I wish that there was more historical information available to explain historically significant sites and events. The whole family enjoyed the trip and we took many photos.

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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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