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  • Address: 1-1 Osaka-jo,Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Japan
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 5pm. Extended hours during summer period.
  • Admission: Adults: ¥ 600, Children (15yrs and under): Free

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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)

One of Japan's most famous castles, Osaka Castle played a major role in unifying Japan in the sixteenth century. First built in 1583 by one of Japan’s most fabled warlords, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, succeeded in ending century-long wars and using Osaka Castle as his stronghold.

The castle was built on about one square kilometer (less than a mile squared) of land, with two raised platforms supported by sheer walls of cut rock and surrounded by a moat. The central building is five stories outside, and eight stories on the inside. The thirteen structures that make up the castle have be designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government.

Osaka Castle was nearly destroyed during WWII, when used as one of the largest military armories. A full restoration started in 1995, and by 1997, had been completely restored to it's Edo-era days. The current castle is a concrete reproduction of the original castle, with a modern museum within.

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.

Practical Info

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.

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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 50 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 $125.26
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 30 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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.41
Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This is a private tour by a chartered vehicle. Using this service, you can charter your vehicle: a limousine, van, or bus, dependent on which is most suitable ...  Read more

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

From USD $687.56
Private Full Day Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka, Osaka, Custom Private Tours
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Private Full Day Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka

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 $123.91
Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto, Kyoto, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto

4 star rating: Recommended 4 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 $140.58

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