Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)
All former power bases in Japan have a castle, and Osaka is no different. The many-storied castle’s iconic furled roofs are a beloved symbol of Osaka.
The city’s 430 year-old Osaka Castle has been rebuilt several times over the centuries, most recently in 1931. First built in 1583 by one of Japan’s most fabled warlords, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the castle was extensively restored in 1997.
A highlight of a visit to the castle is its fine collection of historical displays, its gilt details, and the great views of the city from the observation deck.
The castle is surrounded by parklands, which puts on a fine display at cherry blossom time. Look up to see the castle’s eight roof dolphins, ornamental roof tiles and golden tigers.
Osaka Castle’s main entrance is the Ote-mon Gate, a 10 minute stroll northeast of Tanimachi-Yonchome Station.
Osakajokoen Station is another option, dropping you near the castle’s rear garden entrance.
Tours & Tickets
Go for a stroll and see Osaka's highlights on this guided walking tour. You'll enjoy lunch and see Osaka's famous attractions including Osaka Castle, the ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)