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  • Address: 1-1 Osaka-jo,Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Japan
  • Admission: Varies

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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) Tours

Among the most famous castles in Japan, Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) dates back to the 16th century, when it played a major role in unifying the nation. Today the reconstructed castle houses a museum filled with artifacts from the history of Japan and from the castle’s creator, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The main tower provides a nice view over urban Osaka.

The Basics
As one of Osaka’s most popular landmarks, Osaka Castle features in just about every city sightseeing tour—many of these include an Osaka river cruise departing from Osaka Castle Park. Many of the informative displays within the castle are in Japanese only, so it’s a good idea to visit the grounds with a guide who can explain some of the history of what you’re seeing. The castle is also included on the Osaka hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The castle is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to Osaka.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Give yourself at least 45 minutes to tour the castle and grounds.
  • All areas of the castle are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

How to Get There
Osaka Castle is centrally located in the Umeda district and easily accessible by public transportation. Take the Chuo Line to Tanimachi 4-chome (Yonchome) Station or the JR Osaka Loop Line to Osakajo Koen (Osakajokoen) Station. Alternatively take the Aqua-Liner sightseeing boat to the Osaka Castle stop.

When to Get There
The museum within the castle is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and the structure itself remains illuminated from sunset until 11pm. Home to some 4,000 cherry trees, the castle grounds are particularly stunning during the spring cherry blossom (sakura) season, typically in early April.

A Royal Photo Op
Castle visitors looking to take home a unique souvenir have the chance to don a full set of period clothing—replete with helmet, surcoat, and kimono—for a quick castle photo op (not included in the price of admission).

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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise, Osaka, null
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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Go for a stroll through Osaka and see its highlights on this guided walking tour, including a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner. You'll enjoy lunch and ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.27
Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.52
Japan Sakura Tour 11days, Tokyo, Walking Tours
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Japan Sakura Tour 11days

Visiting 8 World Heritage sites of UNESCO.           Mt.Fuji (View from Lake Kawaguchi), Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Iwami Silver Mine, Hiroshima, ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 days (approx.)

From USD $4,230.00
Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass, Osaka, Cultural Tours
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

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See Osaka at your own pace by bus and 1 or 2-day pass including 1 cruise ride. Explore Osaka's most popular sights, such as Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 1 to 2 days

From USD $27.69
Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka with Halal Lunch, Osaka, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka with Halal Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Osaka, which has a 1,500-year history as the "water capital," was the center of Japan between the 16th and 19th centuries. Osaka was also the home of ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.89
Full-Day Kyoto Tour Including Amanohashidate from Kyoto, Kyoto, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Kyoto Tour Including Amanohashidate from Kyoto

Visit 3 beautiful places in Kyoto on this 11-hour tour! Your day will start at approximately 7:40am at Kyoto Avanti and you will be driven by coach to ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.19
Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle, Osaka, Day Trips
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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See Osaka your own way by chartering a private vehicle. Choose a limousine, van, or bus, and create your own 8-hour sightseeing tour. Learn about Japanese ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $704.12
Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto, Kyoto, Custom Private Tours
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Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Follow an expert guide on foot to principal landmarks in Osaka during a full-day walking tour, departing from Kyoto. Visit Shogun exhibits at Osaka Castle and ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.96
Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto from Osaka, Osaka, Day Trips
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Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto from Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Enjoy a private 8 hour tour from Osaka in a private vehicle with your English/Chinese speaking driver. Visit Osaka, Kyoto and the Nara area. There are 2 ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $645.99
Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour, Osaka, Private Day Trips
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Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This is your tour if you demand both the big sights, as well as a walk on the local side. Your guide will be a native English speaker who also speaks Japanese, ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

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