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

In case you're like me just here to take photos and not planning to go into the castle. A must take photo spot is at this pond area. Its a perfect distance from the castle and the pond reflecting the castle gives a very nice photo. You can find it after when you cross the moat into the castle, passed the well wall, to your left is a toilet and further left is the pond area. I think this is the best spot for photo taking at the castle! Enjoy!

4.0a month ago

The architecture and colour scheme was very eye catching. The gold plates shines blindly during the evening! Really populated with tourists, but a good shot of the castle can still be taken at any angle :)

If you don't want to walk through the park to get to the castle, you can pay ¥300 for a little tram ride up to the castle entrance!

4.0a week ago

Beautiful free park. Very worthwhile to visit. No need to pay castle admission or visit the private gardens. Only place in Japan I have seen street performers. Also, it is easy to get here from anywhere in Osaka.

4.02 weeks ago

Iconic. You'd better start at the top by taking the elevator to top and work your way down or you'll be too tired like many others. With the amazing pass you won't have to line up. Just go straight to the gate

5.0a month ago

IT'S A MUST TO VISIT THIS PLACE!!! so beautiful!!! I really love the color of the castle, the roof, the ornaments.. it's breathtaking for me.. I came from "back gate" so it was quite surprising when I see the real facade from the "front gate".. you can choose whether to visit this castle from both gates, it's still beautiful after all.. and don't forget to go inside and reach the top of the castle!! wonderful museum! magnificent view!

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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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