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Osaka Castle, Osaka

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Built and rebuilt numerous times since 1653, Osaka Castle looms over its surrounding gardens, moats, imposing stone walls, gates, and turrets. Take the elevator up to the observation deck on the castle’s eighth floor, or wander the garden between the complex’s many structures, stopping in the tea house for a snack. The castle, originally intended to help with the unification of Japan, was captured and changed hands over a dozen times. Visit the museum within to learn more about the castle’s history. Before you head to Osaka, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Osaka route planner , to make sure you see all that Osaka has to offer, including Osaka Castle.
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  • This is the latest iteration of this Castle built in the late 20th Century after others were destroyed. But to really get the best understanding you should find a volunteer guide from the Osaka guidin...  more »
  • We are there to visit Osaka Castle and the park . Quite tiring to climb up the stairs to the TOp (about 6 or 7 stories in order to have a great view - lift access to mid floor and long queue)  more »
  • Set in a lovely park surrounded by a moat, this is an 8 storey "castle ". You can walk up or get a lift to 5th floor but have to walk last 3floors to get to outside viewing platform. Different type of...  more »
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  • This is a rebuilt Castle and converted into a museum. Free entry with Amazing Pass. Most people had to climb 8-storey as the lifts are small and serves mainly the elderly and those using wheel-chairs. The size gets smaller as you go up. Inside you get information on the history of Japan. The artifacts are well kept. Photography is allowed. In some areas you have good aerial view of Osaka. The compound is very large and the moat in most part has water in it. A boat service is available.
  • The castle looks beautiful outside, however inside, despite exhibitions behind the glass, there's nothing traditional or interesting. Pretty crowded, hard to take photos. The view from the top of tower is amazing although sightseeing terrace is protected with metal net, so the view is being disturbed by the net. Price is all right, 600¥. (July 2017)
  • This castle was Epic! The structure is still in quite good condition - largest of all the castles we visited in Japan - a few activities you can do outside with kids, saw many people bring their Shiba's! And heaps of food, definitely have the beef skewers and some soft cream. It was heaven
  • A must see if your visiting Osaka! Amazing just to walk through the park seeing the beautiful trees, the castle mote, and the castle itself. To enter the castle was ¥600 each, with a good view from the top and historical exhibitions inside.
  • I spent a week in Japan, and I chose to spend two full days at the Osaka Castle. A beautiful structure, amazing grounds with so much to see and explore, plenty of space to be in the crowds doing tourist things, or picnic in the grass off in a quiet corner. Love that the castle is treated as a city park, in a lot of ways. Getting to see the locals was more immersive than just hanging with fellow tourists. The gift shop is a robust store, bought a lot of souvenirs and things for me too. Varying foods at the food trucks, but my favorite was the fried chicken, so good. Night or day this is a wonderful place to visit, to be at peace with nature and history. Take your time to explore, there is so much more than just a castle to see.

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Where to stay in Osaka

The majority of Osaka's moderate and expensive accommodations concentrate in the districts of Umeda, Kyobashi, Namba, and Shin-Osaka. Base your stay in or near Minami neighborhood for proximity to a wide selection of shopping and dining options. For quick access to long-distance transportation to other cities and areas, look for hotels in Kita district. Many backpackers prefer the budget options in the Tennoji area, where the quality of rooms and prices vary wildly--call or check websites of specific establishments before you make reservations.
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