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Osaka Castle

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Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6941-3044
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this...

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.

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Castle in the middle of the city

This castle is one of the most beautiful in Japan and is situated in the centre of the connected well with Osaka Loop Line of JR

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Pune, India
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What an amazing architecture. It is a fair bit of walk from station, but its totally worth the walk. We didnt go up or in to the castle though and when we met the local, they mentioned that it's not worth it to go inside. We just sat around outside, and had few snacks.

Thank Tif_mack
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Meh, it was a tourist trap. The castle turned out to be a reproduction. The original was burned down a long time ago. There are tons of people in there and the artifacts were not terribly interesting unless you're into Japanese history. If you want a high view of Osaka, do go in. If not, a few pictures from the... More 

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Pune, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This castle is one of the most beautiful in Japan and is situated in the centre of the connected well with Osaka Loop Line of JR

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cambridge, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our visit to Osaka Castle. It's a reconstruction of the old castle, and contains a museum on several floors describing the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in an engrossing way, with several animated dioramas, and showing artifacts from his life, including a letter he wrote to his young son and some of his war coats, armor, and swords. He... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Osaka Castle was originally built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537-1598), one of the three great warlords and unifiers of medieval Japan. Today, it houses an informative museum about the castle's history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. On display at its 1st to 7th floors are various weapons, armors and folklife items of those days. When we reached the observation deck on the 8th... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Seems like this is an obligatory tourist place. Enjoyed the scenery (trees almost in full bloom) more than the castle. In fact I wouldn't make this part of itinerary next time. Lots of food trucks. Overall, I wasn't impressed with this attraction.

Thank Gary D
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the outside, the castle looks original (and most of it probably is), but inside is another story - it's all modern reconstruction with a great museum dedicated to Osaka's history. The displays are well organised and provide enough English commentary that you don't feel like you're missing out on anything. The view from the top is well worth it,... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is cultural historical place nice but if you have kids maybe they and you feel tired. It has 7 floors and in the roof the view are amazing. Visiting the castle in cherry blossoms season is a plus and recommended as will be more and more beautiful.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Osaka castle is big castle with good view & the most important part is free, except if you decide to come inside, you need to pay 600 yen. Range food in here is 500-1000 yen & many souvenir also. Overall is interesting place(come to early/mid of aprl is a good time)

Thank Yustinus A
Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The collection of artifact was impressive and the details and explanation for each piece of item is commendable. The view from the top of the castle is also worth the climb up the stairs. It was crowded with tourist when we were there but it was worth the hassle

Thank min984

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