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
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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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!