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Osaka Castle, Osaka

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Built and rebuilt numerous times since 1653, Osaka Castle looms over its surrounding gardens, moats, imposing stone walls, gates, and turrets. Take the elevator up to the observation deck on the castle’s eighth floor, or wander the garden between the complex’s many structures, stopping in the tea house for a snack. The castle, originally intended to help with the unification of Japan, was captured and changed hands over a dozen times. Visit the museum within to learn more about the castle’s history. Before you head to Osaka, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Osaka route planner , to make sure you see all that Osaka has to offer, including Osaka Castle.
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  • I enjoyed visiting the castle. Its good to walk and look at the rivers around, and walk the bridges towards the castle.  more »
  • We used the subway to get to Osaka Castle. When you exit the station, there is a large sign with directions to the castle. I noticed many people read the map wrong, and crossed the street to the right...  more »
  • It is a beautiful and typical Castle in the city of Osaka. It was the scene of films and its gardens are full of cherry trees. So generous that even I could see a small flower in the month of November (autumn) was disoriented without a doubt. Because it is the time to give them red leaves of the arc Japanese (smaller than the Canadian, but likewise of manito). Inside is also worthwhile to get up above and see bottles of sake (which not collapsed in an earthquake that there attacked.) The surroundings feature many businesses with delicoss Japanese typical sweets.
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  • The castle looks awesome from the outside. Lots of nice parks to walk around. The line to get in wasn't to bad. Was a bit of a queue for the lift tho. It was really modern on the inside witch i wasn't expecting. Would have liked to have seen what it looked like back in the day. The top viewing platform was so busy i couldn't even move. Still worth it though.
  • Osaka castle like many others in Japan had been rebuilt over the years due to fires and the effects of war. While beautiful, it does look modern , a reflection of it's rebuild in 1996. There is a viewing platform on level 8. I suggest heading up all the way, get a good view and then head down. The story about the person who built the castle is interesting but staying to read about it is only worthwhile if you care about Japanese medieval history. Be prepared for the largest tourist groups that visit this place. The floors are narrow and can get crowded. The moat around the castle is stunning especially the depth and the large granite stones that are used to form it. Good photo opportunities from the castle wall to photograph the castle at the entrance.
  • This castle is a unique experience with the moat going around it and the towering central structure. The view is very unobstructed from the outside allowing visitors the opportunity to decide whether they want to pay the admission fee. I personally did not as the view from outside was great. There were a few tourists around but it didn't feel crowded. Occasionally they may have illuminated light shows between certain periods such as now (winter, December 2017).
  • The view from the outside and from the top floor are amazing, but for me the inside of the castle is too modern. The art is beautiful and I thought all of the information was fascinating as you go from floor to floor. It is just missing what makes some of the structures so special in Japan and that is the historical feel. All and all it is still worth a visit when you come to Osaka.
  • Very amazing castle one of my personal favourites. You might ask yourself is it worth going to the top and yes it is. You learn lots of cool things inside and get to see some nice armour and swords! Highly recommended if you are in the city.

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Where to stay in Osaka

The majority of Osaka's moderate and expensive accommodations concentrate in the districts of Umeda, Kyobashi, Namba, and Shin-Osaka. Base your stay in or near Minami neighborhood for proximity to a wide selection of shopping and dining options. For quick access to long-distance transportation to other cities and areas, look for hotels in Kita district. Many backpackers prefer the budget options in the Tennoji area, where the quality of rooms and prices vary wildly--call or check websites of specific establishments before you make reservations.
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