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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. Plan to visit Osaka Castle during your Osaka vacation using our convenient Osaka vacation route planner.
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  • Beautiful walk into the grounds and interesting history. great views from the top. lots of stairs !!  more »
  • The outside of this castle is absolutely stunning like you see in all pictures. We went during Cherry Blossom season, and every picture turned out like a post card. The inside, however, very disappoin...  more »
  • Thought good public transport services, but from any station is hanging about 20 minutes ' walk to the top. Ago too much walking in USJ, the muscle pain was very severe.
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  • Castle worth visiting! The entrance in the castle park is free but the different elements require paiment. The main tower is well worth it and it's pretty cheap (~6usd). Beautiful views of the city from the top and really good expo/museum in the tower. There also are food trucks available.
  • Beautiful views of the city and a great castle that isn't difficult to traverse (the lands around the castle). You take an elevator up to the 5th floor and then walk up to the 8th with interesting artifacts (with English descriptions) on each floor. The views from the top are great and are well worth the 600 yen entrance fee. If you are fat you will likely have a hard time here, narrow staircases and lots of going up and then even more going down.
  • The castle looks great on the outside and you get great views from the top. There are some interesting artefacts on each of the levels as you decend the tower. Overall good for the view but I probably would not bother going up the tower again.
  • From the outside the castle grounds and castle is impressive. Be prepared to walk a lot. Inside the castle is a little disappointing. I was expecting to see some of the original architecture. On the plus side, the view of Osaka from the top is pretty cool.
  • Good place to visit but bearing in mind that this is actually a castle museum. It was build recently in concrete but imitate perfectly a well known castle on a smaller scale. To visit the real thing you must go to Himeji, 40 minutes away by train.