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
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5.0in the last week
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 :)
5.03 weeks ago
Osaka Castle is a place you must see when visiting Osaka. The property is beautiful and it's worth a visit.
You can purchase a combination ticket to enter all buildings or just purchase tickets individually. Entrance fees are modest.
It's not allowed to take photos of the inside of the Main Tower, only allowed on the top floor/observation area.
Everything is clean, there are plenty of resting areas with toilets and vending machines.
The souvenir shop prices are modest, though the food/coffee/ice cream prices ate quite high.
Nevertheless, a visit worth. It's a breathtaking, beautiful castle.
4.0a month 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 month ago
Wonderful piece of history lodged in the centre of modern chaos. Being an English speaker I was glad to see so many exhibits had English translations - not quite all, but certainly enough. The external of the building is awesome and takes you back in time. The inside is obviously totally rebuilt to make it suitable for the hoards of modern tourists. The gardens are big and spacious, and possibly the best part is getting out onto the "balcony" that surrounds the top of the building - incredible views.
3.0in the last week
The exterior of the rebuilt building is definitely impressive, but I'm not sure if I would go inside for the museum. It is basically a very detailed look at a couple of the families of feudal Lords. Interesting, but I'm not sure foreign tourists necessarily need to know quite so much about them.
There are some English translations, but not for everything. We didn't get the audio guide, but if you are fully committed to learn about this material and can't read Japanese, it would probably make sense.
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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!