Osaka Castle Park4.7
The Osaka Castle Park is truly a gigantic oasis of the city. This park is about 100 hectares of green space, picturesque moats, huge stone walls, walkways lined with plum, apricot, cherry and maple trees, and carefully tended flowery gardens. It is very tranquil and clean, and is a good place to have family outing or weekend picnic. The castle's illumination at night is also fantastic.
It is recommended to spend at least half a day, whether or not you want to enter and climb the castle. It is quite a big park, accessible from several different stations. Don't forget to take a picnic rug and lunch with you !
PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,elderly,family,knows a lot about Japan,cherry blossom viewing,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 14km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 weeks ago
Very enjoyable experience, it was interesting but the food around was quite expensive. If you want to get inside the castle, it is good to come early, when they are announcing it's open. Otherwise, you might stand a long line. The actual museum inside was nice, included small holograms and translated text, and another thing that you could enjoy, is that you could dress up for 500 yen ( per person ) and take a photo in kimonos & war clothes. The actual photo was 1200 yen.
Overall, you should definitely take this into consideration while in Osaka.
5.0a week ago
Easy access by metro. 6 dollars entrance allows you to see the Castle top to bottom. Beautiful historical place full of stories videos and fantastic views of Osaka. Restaurants and bars in smaller castle next to the big castle. Handicap access to some areas. Only problem the stories written in the exhibit are only in Japanese. I had a great time. Cool place to visit.
5.0in the last week
Perhaps not the best decision made visiting during a scorching summer day. The castle itself is beautiful and awe worthy. Admission is not free unless you are a day pass holder. Lifts are available for access to the upper floors, though one must scale about 14 flights of steep stairs to exit the castle at the ground floor. The museum is definitely worth a visit, as they offer English translations. Visitors can also listen to voice-overs using a portable audio player.
4.03 weeks ago
Seeing it from the edge of the park made it all the more exciting for us to reach the castle. However, after paying the 600 yen admission fee and getting inside, I was a little surprised by the how little of the old castle was preserved. Regardless, it was a beautifully assembled history museum with a variety of national relics relevant to the castle. The top floor had an amazing view over the entire city.
Having arrived a bit later in the day, 4pm, there were relatively few people and by the time of closing very few people were there.
4.0a month ago
Absolutely an amazing place to view from any distance. It's quite a walk, about 20 minutes to the admissions, which costs about 600 yen per adult. Closes a tad early at around 16:30, but later during the summer. The view of the outside alone is worth the trip if you can't get in. Once inside, it's actually a museum. It's crowded inside and you walk around the center staircase reading about the history of the castle. It's interesting to say nonetheless, but I thought the interior would more traditional. It was still very nice to see. The top floor has a balcony to view Osaka from the castle.
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Please take a look at the pair of golden dolphin-like ornaments set on the roof. It is called “Shachi-hoko” It is believed that Shachi-hoko has a special power for preventing fire, although this Osaka castle has been burned down before...
Please take a look at the pair of golden dolphin-like ornaments set on the roof. It is called “Shachi-hoko”
It is believed that Shachi-hoko has a special power for preventing fire, although this Osaka castle has been burned down before LOL!