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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5.02 weeks ago

One of the main tourist destinations when you go to Osaka. Enjoy the scenery surrounding the castle as well because it is very nice, especially during the fall/winter months. It was quite a walk to the castle, but there are signs to point you there. There is an entrance fee for the castle, but is free if you buy the Osaka Amazing Pass. You can either walk the stairs to the top floor or wait for an elevator. At the top there is an observatory. Walking down, you will pass a lot of exhibits of the history of the castle. Great if you like history and culture.

5.0in the last week

Love the mysterious aura of the building as you approach it. The interior is many floors of the building's history which is worth the read - from wars to the actual architecture of the castle. The shops inside were actually affordable and looked beautiful. Highly recommended!!

5.0in the last week

This is one of the beautiful white Castle in Japan and situated in Osaka. It's natural view is very beautiful. But they have only one ticket counter, so it creates a long queue. There's a restaurant and a garden nearby.
A must visit place in Osaka.
Ticket price: 600 yen.

4.0a month ago

Really great experience. Very pretty from the outside and the inside had been turned into a museum with Japan's history which is very cool. There is a lookout at the top floor as well. Unfortunately there is no ventilation in the castle so walking through in warm or hot weather is quite unpleasant.

5.0a month ago

Gorgeous, even though we went in autumn and it wasn't cherry blossom season. You go through a lovely park to get to the castle, make sure you're comfortable walking. Each floor of the castle walks you through the founder and his history. There's a lovely view from the rooftop. If you're in Osaka this is a must-see!

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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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