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Osaka Castle

1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6941-3044
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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.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good45%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“top floor” (172 reviews)
“japanese history” (122 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6941-3044
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a bit disappointed from the exhibition but the view is great. Very touristic and crowded... You should know this ahead.

Thank Sina P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The castle is beautiful. Good for photo-taking. There is a park nearby and you will see people sitting around and enjoying themselves.

Thank iluvholiday
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the castle midweek on our own. It was easy to reach by train from central Osaka. Be prepared for lots of stairs and walking! (although lifts are available for those who need it). Once we arrived we made our way through the gardens...More

Thank Hayli S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The surrounding area is great, it's nice to appreciate and take a leisurely walk. The castle itself is also nice, it's good to enter and see what they have inside. You can also go to the top to see a view of the city.

Thank Sab A
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the castle as we had the Osaka Amazing pass and it was well worthwhile but it was a Sunday and extremely crowded. There was an elevator to the 5th floor and we lined up 20 minutes to avoid climbing the stairs. From the...More

Thank palawandave
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed the grounds much more than the castle itself. Very under produced video stories and some interesting displays. If anything, do a quick walk through and go enjoy the view from the top floor. This can be skipped completely if you're pressed for time...More

Thank Sambachica
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While not the original building, it is still stunning and a must see. Interesting history. There is a roundtrip shuttle for about $5 from the bottom of the park to the top that can save those who don't want to walk the 20 minutes up...More

Thank Toruhouze
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must see in Osaka. It was great to see all the history here. Learning about the castle and the way it was built. Clean and beautiful!

Thank Sheri K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Decided to meet up with long time family friends with two younger kids. I thought the vast size and historical rich information may not be as much fun for the kiddos. I was so wrong. They were bored along the grounds that lead to the...More

Thank Alden L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's a Saturday and as its on the same line as my nearby station lets go, it's a few minutes walk(quite a few) from the station, there is a concert being set up in the park nearby, there's an organised run taking place as well,...More

Thank Ian S
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1 September 2017|
Response from nickb298 | Reviewed this property |
think it's about 16:00 hrs.
Sam W
4 May 2017|
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Response from kings_20147 | Reviewed this property |
I saw lots of shops you can rent kimonos and they were 20-30 US dollars not sure I saw any samurai rentals but I'm sure they are around.
Jason V
7 April 2017|
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Response from jamie e | Reviewed this property |
Castle opens and closes as stated 9-5, i think your find the grounds outside the moat are open 24 hours? main reason being they have venues nearby. The grounds inside the moat are locked down.