Osaka Castle
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this castle has an observation platform with city views and a history museum that uses holograms, 3D pictures and other technologies to describe the history of the castle and the period during which it was built.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • dalessiopietro
    Murray, Utah538 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free to see the Exterior and the park!
    One of the most remarkable sights we have seen so far in Japan. It's located close to several subway lines. The crowds were not bad at all. The grounds also include lavatories, restaurants, vending machines and a fantastic park with lots of hidden magical views.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,021 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking.
    This is my second visit to Japan and Osaka. Osaka doesn't have many tourist attractions but this is a must. Really beautiful. You can just walk around the Castle Park and take in the views but I suggest going inside to really explore and appreciate it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 June 2023
  • 2CAtravelers
    Brattleboro, Vermont835 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Beauty but Very Crowded
    There's a lot to see if you include the surrounding park. We were with an individual guide but unfortunately on a schedule. There was quite a line to get inside and we did not have that time to wait. It's an impressive structure surrounded by a beautiful park. Photo opportunities abound. There's even a time capsule in the plaza area. We were there on a beautiful, sunny Sunday so everything was overrun with people which did detract from the experience. You can walk to the nearby train station in about 15-20 minutes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Lina
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You will surely have good experiences there.
    It is always fun to visit Osaka Castle. The gardens are well maintained and you can see the flowers in full bloom every season. The place often holds events, so you can enjoy it every time you go there. Easy access from the station. It takes about 10 minutes by walk from the nearest station, so access is not a problem at all. Highly recommend to visit this place. "
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary543 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in Osaka
    You must pay respects to the past history of this place by visiting here. We walked from our accommodation, but can easily get a train. The grounds aren't that well kept compared to other castles in Japan but Osaka castle is stunning.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Tricky
    Stockholm, Sweden262 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwhelming
    If you’re already in Osaka and have a Japan Rail Pass I would recommend taking a day trip to Himeji or the underrated Hikone caste instead. Osaka castle is about as genuine as the castles at Disneyland, it’s all brand new from the ground up. The exhibits on floors 3-4 are so-so and the Toyotomi permanent exhibit on floor 7 are seemingly just 30 TVs playing different clips at a loud volume. I would have loved to learn more, but I couldn’t take that cacophony. You can get some decent views of Osaka from the top floor but it’s not waiting in line for 30+ minutes in blistering heat for that.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing
    As a foreign tourist this was a disappointing castle. Yes it is very picturesque but, given the queues, it is not worth going inside unless you are real history buff. It is just full of information, no furnishings and of course very crowded. My best advise would be to take your picture from outside (and you can do that for free) then go in the adjacent park for a different , cheaper and quieter view.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Lorraine L
    Tarwin Lower, Australia3,330 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive structure
    Our visit here was on a private tour, our guide suggested we take the shuttle bus from the start of the park up to the main gate where we followed the path then into the grounds admiring the castle from the outside. This is the best place to appreciate the castle, the architecture is quite beautiful. We caught an elevator up to the top viewing platform where we had views over all Osaka to the mountains.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Andy T
    Perth, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You're in Osaka, c'mon, of course you're going to go here anyway
    It's a famous attraction and it's not hard to see why. Definitely one of the most interesting buildings I've seen, and unlike many of the temples around Japan you can actually go up to the top, which has fantastic views of Osaka. Like most attractions in Japan, the only negative is that it's a victim of it's own success, so be ready to deal with queues and crowds. As for the gardens, they were beautiful, but didn't have a whole lot of shade from the summer heat.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Arturo Treviño
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Muy bonito y si vale la pena, sube por el elevador, no te canses de más
    Muy bonito el castillo, bastante padre que es museo y puedes aprender algo sobre la historia del lugar y como hubo batallas importantes, algunos personajes y sucesos históricos. La vista desde el observatorio es muy bonita, sobre todo si el día está despejado, tendrás una vista 360° de la ciudad. Nosotros subimos por el elevador al piso 5 y solo por escaleras los últimos 3 pisos, recomiendo mucho esa opción para no cansarse de más, como quiera los demás pisos podrás visitarlos al bajar de regreso por la escalera, no te perderás nada y disfrutarás más la visita, porque los que iban por la escalera llegaban muy cansados y sin poder respirar al observatorio en el piso 8.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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andreas
Kitanakagusuku-son, Japan10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Expect a long line to get in if you didn’t purchase your ticket online prior to going-if you want to see all the floors you have to use the stairs which are a pretty steep incline/decline, but there are elevators available if needed. This is a self guided tour and some floors are more crowded with tourists than others, depending on the displays. This is a museum in the castle, and I recommend going early if possible to cut down on the crowd congestion so you can take in all the information. It is very easy to get there and leave using the Osaka loop line. The park around the castle is very nice and there are plenty of shady spots to sit and enjoy an ice cream or a snack before or after walking up to the castle. Wear some comfortable shoes to do this! Overall, it’s a pretty interesting and inexpensive way to spend a few hours at a site worth seeing while in Osaka.
Written 28 May 2024
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jabitz
Melbourne, Australia224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We didn't go into Osaka Castle only walked around it and through the gardens as we had two elderly family members that couldn't walk up and down the stairs that well.
The castle is very photogenic although it isn't great where you can see the lift which has been added to the outside wall of one side of the castle. However, we found plenty of other vantage points to take some good photos. It was easy to get to using the JR Osaka Loop which we didn't have to pay any extra for as we had the JR West Pass.
Written 25 May 2024
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Frank Bavnild J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A signature castle in Osaka, worth visiting to enjoy the atmosphere with a lot of trees. The architecture was impressed me as well. I really enjoy visiting there
Written 23 May 2024
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AK95
Dubai, United Arab Emirates161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Osaka castle is something I’d recommend if you have time. We went early in the morning when the crowds were quiet. I would recommend to buy tickets online before going. I would also recommend to take the stairs or you’ll miss the stops and museum on each floor. A lot of information and names but still good to experienced. The gardens around the castle are also beautiful.
Written 23 May 2024
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Otter
Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It’s not really a castle but a museum. The outside looks like a castle but that’s about it. Was a little disappointed because I was expecting the inside to look like a castle. There is a nice view of Osaka city at the top which
is worth the price of the admission.
Written 18 May 2024
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Prabir G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A. Opening Hours :  9.00 to 16.00 hours
B. Ticket: ¥ 600
C. Location : Chuo Ku, Osaka
D. Travel mode: Tanimachhi Y Chrome station on Chuyo line. Then al 1 minutes 🚶‍♂️  .
F. PHOTOGRAPHY : Allowed exception 3rd and 4th level.
          This castle was built in 1583 by a Japanese Samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The structure is built in a 1 square km ares on two raised platform. Theur are eight levels accessible by elevator on way up. From level 7 and 8 you can have a panoramic view of the Osaka city. The castle is surrounded by water filled section on all four sides.
      We visited this place during our recent Japan trip. The travel on Osaka metro Day pass was smooth. From the metro station a 10 minutes walk we reached the outer boundary. From there you can avail electric vehicle ride to the main gate ( ¥ 300 one way). We preferred walking to the castle which took about 15 to 20 minutes. Our Metro Daily Pass allowed us quicker access to ticket counter and we went to the 5th level. From there we walked upto the top level. Rhe view of the city  from the top was awesome. From there we had to walk down. Each floor has exhibits of Japanese and the samurai history, models pictures etc.
A must visit in a Japan trip to catch a glimpse of Samurai history.
 

                     
                       
     
Written 14 May 2024
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annette m
Newcastle, Australia183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Of course on the to do list when visiting Osaka to see an amazing piece of architecture and the gardens. We were there in autumn and the leaves were beautiful. We arrived at around 10ish and the place was very very busy, so busy that to get a ticket for the gozabune boat, the next available time slot was 1:30pm! Hence, get there as early as you can. The grounds are just beautiful and well looked after and the castle is just as expected. We had the Osaka Pass and were able to just walk straight in to see the castle and go up the top to see the view - well worth it - there were queues a few hundred metres long. The view from the top is mainly of the local suburb and the grounds, but worth it. Inside it was very busy with people and hot and claustrophobic and you cannot take photos either, hence we probably missed some of the displays inside because of this as we just wanted to get out of there. We did buy a few things from the shop inside though. We entered from the gate closest to the gozabune boat area as we thought we could get on the boat first thing - I still think this is the best way to get there and then exited via the JR station gate through a park. The grounds are free to enter and it seems as though many locals and their dogs go there. Great experience despite the crowds and the photos are amazing.
Written 7 May 2024
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
What a stunning castle! It's a long walk from the car park to the castle but it's definitely worth it. The area in front of the castle was full of cherry blossoms when we went and lots of Japanese families were celebrating and having picnics under the trees.
The castle itself is very interesting inside and we spent quite a while looking at the artefacts. It has a lift, which were able to use as I have a bad knee, that goes up to the top floor to see the amazing views.
Written 4 May 2024
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639abbie
Canberra, Australia1,392 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Crowds are ridiculous, be at gate by opening time at 9am and if you haven’t pre-bought a ticket be ready to wait 45 minutes. With pre bought tickets you get in within 10 minutes. The stories are great but you will need a lot of time understanding the lineage and battling clans. To truly enjoy and be educated at least 2 hours
Written 4 May 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I used the following hacks to expedite my visit of the Castle:

1. Order the Entrance Ticket for the Castle online. Cost is 600 yen or about $3.88. Credit cards can be used to pay for the ticket. Get the QR code or print it if your foreign phone does not work in Japan. Show these at the Entrance and proceed to enter. Benefit= you skip the long lines and start your visit soon.

2. Public Transports: Use the Metro System. If not sure, ask the Station Staff and the locals. They are very helpful.

3. IC card - I bought the Icoca card when I arrived and loaded it with 2,000 yen. It can be used for local trains, buses, Metro subways, trams, grocery stores. Just tap it at the gates and off you go. Other types of IC cards are ok too.

From the Osaka Station, I took 1 short train ride and then transfer to another Metro Line. Very short rides, then walk to the Castle for about 15 minutes, going through the Park.

4. Elevator: It goes directly to the 5th Floor. Then one has to walk via the stairways to the 6th, 7th and 8th floors to see their exhibits.

5. If not interested in climbing up the stairs, another techinique is to visit each floor on the way down, starting on the 5th Floor. There are interesting exhibits on every floor. My favorite one is where I tried wearing the Samurai heavy helmet and vest plus a sword. Of course, great photo shoot here!

6. Use the shuttle to go back to the entrance of the Park if your legs are feeling tired/ feeling hot. Cost is 300 yen or about $2. Conserve your energy for visiting other attractions of Osaka.
Written 29 April 2024
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