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Osaka Castle

Opens in 15 min: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Osaka
1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6941-3044
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Reviewed yesterday

The Osaka castle grounds has gardens that you can walk around. There were some food stalls (if you're hungry) and stalls where you can rent traditional Japanese costumes for photos. The castle facade is also a good spot for taking pictures. However, we were disappointed...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank rpsmd2010
Reviewed yesterday

We took the subway train there and by luck as we were walking in to the entrance; we saw the tram service that goes direct to the castle. We recommend buying a return tram ticket and luckily we did as it would have otherwise taken...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Edmund L
Reviewed yesterday

Go to the top floor and go through each floor making your way down, experiencing, learning the history of japan and this castle, with some photo ops (with samurai helmets and armour at a nominal fee) ending at teh bottom at the souvenir shop. All...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kennyw418
Reviewed 5 days ago

Another off the bucket list Amazing to see how it was constructed and the history throughout the time it was built . Beautiful surroundings . Another picture postcard opportunity .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Anastaciahausen
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited early February, tail-end of winter. It was still very chilly and we walked from the Nakanoshima Rose Garden which had no roses because of the season. And it was well worth it, though a bit tiring. The architecture was picturesque and there are many...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank TomPuno
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Spend some time walking the grounds...and find your zen. It is so peaceful and scenic. The peace is sometimes interrupted by the constant drone of overheah helicopters with tourists. All in all worth the visit. (The outside area is free. We did not pay to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LesterC172
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great experience for an afternoon, from the walkup to the actual castle itself. It's a shame the inside of the castle is very modern, but it's still a neat experience to walk around inside and up to the observation deck.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SashideBB
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of walking, and sightseeing... from exterior of the castle to the interior. The animated stories kiosks were impressive and educational.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KimberJet
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked there from our hotel. When we arrived we were informed it is not open on Mondays. There was nothing on the website or nor were we informed by anyone when we inquired.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found the inside of the castle to be too crowded and a little boring, but the view of the castle and the park surrounding it are beautiful.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mpile13
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24 January 2019|
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Response from IsaiahK44 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can access the castle grounds free of charge. That's what I did! But you need to pay for admission into the castle, which might be worth it for the panoramic views.
21 January 2019|
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Response from coldplaybunny | Reviewed this property |
I have visited the Castle several times and always closes at 5pm so, if you arrive at 4pm you would have enough time. It opens at 9am.