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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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 14km) Google Transit
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4.03 weeks 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 week ago
The walk up was very scenic and I enjoyed seeing the different layers of the castle. The outer moat is still in tact but the inner moat has dried up. You can pay to travel up to the top of the castle but the views are beautiful from the ground and the view of the city is also pretty good since the castle is already on a hill. Must visit if in Osaka
5.03 weeks ago
The magnificent Osaka castle. It is one of the best places I have visited ever. The mare size of the area is astounding. All the walls are made of huge chunk of rocks and matched perfectly. There are tour vehicle inside the boundaries of the castle and the best part is they are dressed like ninjas. Ceremonies and marriages are held in the shrine inside the boundaries of Osaka castle. The east side has a beautiful park as well. This is definitely one of the top visiting place in Japan.
4.0in the last week
The castle looks so gorgeous and I can't imagine how beautiful it would look during cherry blossom season or autumn when the leaves are all golden orange. I was surprised that you can actually go inside the castle although there isn't much to see. Once you get to the very top you can observe a beautiful view of the Osaka city. You might want to bring a jumper or scarf because it does get very windy up there as it's an open observatory. Be prepared for a ton of tourists.
5.0a month ago
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 :)
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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.
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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.Read moreClose