Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) Tours

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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).


Location
Address: 1-1 Osaka-jo,Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Japan
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Wander past the most famous attractions in Osaka during this 6-hour, guided walking tour that includes lunch and a 1-hour river cruise. Follow your guide as you check out landmarks such as Osaka Castle and visit the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building, before boarding your ship to admire sights including the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima Isle. Your Osaka walking excursion and river cruise also includes all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Choose your own adventure in Osaka thanks to this fully-customizable 8-hour private tour. Travel aboard your very own chartered bus, limo or van as you explore a range of of Osaka’s most unique sights. Depending on your interests you might visit historic Osaka Castle, explore Shitennoji Temple, eat and drink your way through the Dotonbori district or take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building. A driver, chartered vehicle and round-trip transport from Central Osaka are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$688,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Discover the best sights of Osaka during this 4-hour tour and river cruise. First join your guide to explore Osaka Castle, one of the city’s best-known sights, taking time to enjoy the castle’s unique architecture and wealth of exhibits. Then climb aboard your boat for a cruise around nearby Nakanoshima lsle. During your ride you be able to admire seasonal views like colorful autumn leaves or blossoming cherry trees, as well as landmarks including the Umeda Sky Building, City Hall and Osaka Castle. Your Osaka excursion also includes all admission fees.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full Day Charter including Osaka, Nara, or Kyoto from Osaka

Design the perfect multi-city day trip to visit Osaka, Kyoto, or Nara thanks to this customizable, 8-hour or 10-hour private tour. Enjoy access to a private vehicle and English-speaking driver as you create the ultimate day-long excursion, picking among top-tier highlights like Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nara’s Great Buddha statue.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means you’ll avoid the crowds on public transport, and will be able to fit more into your day. You also won’t have to worry about getting lost! Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour will be enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

Experience the best of both worlds on this half-day Osaka walking tour, designed to reveal popular attractions and hidden gems. Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tennoji Tower, and explore the Dotonbori district, famed for its Japanese snacks and neon signs. Plus, you’ll explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai, Namba, and Tennoji, all full of unique charms. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$49,00
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Ninja Walking Plan near Osaka Castle

A course where you can walk around Osaka Castle freely while dressed as a ninja.There are also ninja costumes for children so you can enjoy it as a family. How about taking ninja pictures with the whole family as a memory?
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto

Discover the wonders of Osaka during a full-day walking tour with an experienced guide. Travel from Kyoto on the JR train, then visit top sights including Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory—located 40 stories high in the Umeda Sky Building. After taking in the sweeping views, have lunch then join a 1-hour river cruise on the Okawa River that glides by the Twin Towers and City Hall of Nakanoshima lsle. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees and round-trip transportation by train.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Osaka Photoshoot and Sightseeing via Luxury Van

A professional photographer guide documents your time in Osaka on this private photoshoot and city tour. Walk past classic Osaka sights such as Osaka Castle and the Floating Gardens Observatory as your photographer guide takes a mixture of posed and candid photos, handing them to you on an SD card at the end of your tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka with Halal Lunch

Get acquainted with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-friendly walking tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the bustling city. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), Dontonburi, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Convenient hotel pickup and a Halal lunch are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Kimono Walking Plan near Osaka Castle

Dress up in a kimono for a stylish visit to Osaka Castle. With a range of sizes and colors available, the experience is suitable for young and old alike, and makes for a fun family day out. You’ll choose your classic Japanese outfit to wear, then have free time to explore the grounds of Osaka Castle, perhaps posing for photos against the backdrop of the striking five-storey castle.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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  • Duration: 15 minutes
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Private Tour: Highlights of Osaka in 6 Hours

Travel in comfort in a wi-fi equipped taxi to explore four famous sightseeing spots in Osaka with an English/Chinese-speaking driver. Kick off the tour exploring the iconic Osaka Castle followed by visiting the Tsutenkaku Tower and walking around the local neighborhood. Next up is the popular Dotonbori entertainment district, which is a great place to have lunch and experience Osaka's famed cuisine. The final stop is the Umeda Sky Building which provides a 360-degree view of the city from the observatory. This is a great trip for those who want a flavor of what the city of Osaka has to offer.There are 2 types of cars available, a mid-sized passenger car or a mini-van. Both have heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Japan Sakura Tour 11days

This whirlwind Sakura tour is the perfect way to get the most out of your Japan trip. You’ll travel in comfort on a private coach, and visit 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Mt. Fuji, Nara and Hiroshima. Save time waiting in lines, as all entry fees are included and you’ll visit many top attractions such as Asakusa, and Kinkakuji temple. Your private guide will ensure you don’t get lost, and accommodation is included too.
  • Duration: 11 days
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