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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5.0a week ago
Another must while visiting Kyoto. A beautiful and impressive reconstructed castle. Although the castle opens at 9 am, you can go earlier and take your time for pictures in the surrounding area. The entrance to the main castle is 600 yen. There is an elevator that can take you to the top of the castle where you will enjoy a nice view of the city. Alternatively you can take the stairs. Highly recommend.
4.0in the last week
Beautiful Castle and surrounding area (park).
If in Osaka, ensure you make time to visit.
There is a cute little tram that will take you from the bottom of the hill ( right in front of Starbucks) to the top next to the castle. The ride is a bit bumpy but its short.
There is also boat ride available that will take you around the inner layer moat. I did not try that but it looked really promising.
Start the castle visit from the highest floor and work your way down. There are audio guides available for free on the 7th floor, take advantage of it.
The view is magnificent!
The interior if the castle is all new. There are a lot of historical objects on display inside but you are not allowed photos.
The visit will take you 2 hours max.
5.0a week ago
A 'must-see' spot. And not too crowded. Nice park all around, and the walk until the Castle is nice, pleasant and easy to do (even with small kids or in wheelchair). So do not hesitate! In Spring, it should be amazing, with all the plum trees blooming!
5.03 weeks ago
Amazing castle with huge museum. Great place to learn about the history of Osaka during the early times. Be prepared to walk but there is also a "train" that goes up to the castle area. Boat rides are also available around the moat, it is a great way to see the castle as well.
5.0a week ago
Grand castle that is even more beautiful in real life. You can take the lift to the observatory floor on the top, and has a few extra floors to visit, that are like a museum - well thought out presentation of the complex history surrounding the castle. Recommend to visit if you're in Osaka. Lovely food & souvenir stores in the area also.
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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.
Please visit Osaka!!
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