Osaka Castle
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Once the largest castle in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this castle has an observation platform with city views and a history museum that uses holograms, 3D pictures and other technologies to describe the history of the castle and the period during which it was built.
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  • Osaka Business Park • 8 min walk
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  • Kim S A
    New York City, New York98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reminiscing Japanese heritage and culture
    This is a place where one can reminisce Japanese heritage and culture. The architecture of the castle is beautiful and has lush greenery in the vicinity. Enjoy the stroll to the castle as it’s akin to walk in the park as one enjoys the breeze and beauty of the surrounding.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Tom H
    Santa Cruz, California383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Site in Osaka
    This is the most impressive structure in Osaka and well worth a visit. Its located in a huge park area that especially during cherry blossom season is gorgeous. It is a tall, beautiful structure with bronze highlights and was featured in the final battle in the book, “Shogun”. The walls of the castle are impressive for the size of the rocks and their girth as they plunge into the surrounding moat. We chose to only tour the castle itself and not the turrets which took several hours alone. You should know that the castle has multiple floors which have been reconstructed as exhibit rooms to tell the history of the castle in relation to Japanese history instead of staying true to its original purpose which was for defense. Since it is a very popular spot they have created a one-way track to follow which starts with entering an elevator to the top floor, then you proceed downwards through the rooms seeing the historical presentations. The cost of admission is easily paid for by the view from the top floor where you walk completely around for a 360-degree view of the city stretching below. I found the contemporary paintings of the final battle from “Shogun” the best display as you could see the flags of the different generals and leaders during the melee.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Demonet
    Dublin, Ireland240 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Facade is gorgeous, but inside is not worth the admission.
    Don’t bother paying to go inside, it’s not worth it as it is completely modern museum on the inside. Instead, just enjoy the outside of the castle, as it is beautiful! I recommend going on a day trip to Himeji Castle to experience what the inside would have looked like.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Gopi D
    169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle
    Very nice castle with totally Japanese feel outside and in. We went all the way to the top and the view from the terrace is very peaceful as the castle has a lake and garden around it and you can see far away city view but the water and the garden is amazing. The castle itself is also beautiful with meaningful displays and there are videos playing in different corners of each floor talking about history of each display if you have time. It's totally worth the visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • dalessiopietro
    Murray, Utah493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free to see the Exterior and the park!
    One of the most remarkable sights we have seen so far in Japan. It's located close to several subway lines. The crowds were not bad at all. The grounds also include lavatories, restaurants, vending machines and a fantastic park with lots of hidden magical views.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking.
    This is my second visit to Japan and Osaka. Osaka doesn't have many tourist attractions but this is a must. Really beautiful. You can just walk around the Castle Park and take in the views but I suggest going inside to really explore and appreciate it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 June 2023
  • 2CAtravelers
    Brattleboro, Vermont878 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Beauty but Very Crowded
    There's a lot to see if you include the surrounding park. We were with an individual guide but unfortunately on a schedule. There was quite a line to get inside and we did not have that time to wait. It's an impressive structure surrounded by a beautiful park. Photo opportunities abound. There's even a time capsule in the plaza area. We were there on a beautiful, sunny Sunday so everything was overrun with people which did detract from the experience. You can walk to the nearby train station in about 15-20 minutes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Lina
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You will surely have good experiences there.
    It is always fun to visit Osaka Castle. The gardens are well maintained and you can see the flowers in full bloom every season. The place often holds events, so you can enjoy it every time you go there. Easy access from the station. It takes about 10 minutes by walk from the nearest station, so access is not a problem at all. Highly recommend to visit this place. "
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in Osaka
    You must pay respects to the past history of this place by visiting here. We walked from our accommodation, but can easily get a train. The grounds aren't that well kept compared to other castles in Japan but Osaka castle is stunning.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Tricky
    Stockholm, Sweden254 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwhelming
    If you’re already in Osaka and have a Japan Rail Pass I would recommend taking a day trip to Himeji or the underrated Hikone caste instead. Osaka castle is about as genuine as the castles at Disneyland, it’s all brand new from the ground up. The exhibits on floors 3-4 are so-so and the Toyotomi permanent exhibit on floor 7 are seemingly just 30 TVs playing different clips at a loud volume. I would have loved to learn more, but I couldn’t take that cacophony. You can get some decent views of Osaka from the top floor but it’s not waiting in line for 30+ minutes in blistering heat for that.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,895 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Osaka Castle is one of the most-visited sites in Osaka (and maybe all of Japan). It's right in the middle of the city, so it's very accessible. And, while the massive stone walls and moat are ancient, the structures are relatively new (1930s or newer). It's a wonderful place to visit for gorgeous photos, especially at sakura blossoming time, but it's not an old fortress as such. Inside the main tower building is kind of a museum, but not very informative. Given the usual long lines to get in and the jostling inside (plus nothing very interesting inside), I'd recommend to save time and not bother going inside the castle building itself.
Written 14 April 2024
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Mzprx64
Los Angeles, CA127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A must see place in Osaka. Very impressive building and castle walls. Especially nice during the cherry blossom season, but could be a bit overcrouded. Recommended.
Written 8 April 2024
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Melanie A
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Of all the castles we visited this was the only one we could go into. Not to be missed. Don’t bother waiting for the elevator if possible. Easier and faster to take the stairs one floor at a time. Each floor of the castle provides history of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and his era. Nice presentation. Beautiful view of the castle grounds from the top. Go early to avoid the big tours.
Written 2 April 2024
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,509 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Went here while in Osaka and it’s a very popular tourist spot. The grounds are beautiful and the castle is picturesque. I did not really enjoy going inside (didn’t dislike it either, however). We had to wait in a queue to get is for about 30 minutes and quite crowded inside. You go to the top for views of the city which are just ok. As you go down the floors you can see the jail to learn about history but as it was so crowded it was hard to really pay attention and follow along the artifacts. If you wanted to just see the grounds and skip the inside, I think it would also be a great time.
Written 2 April 2024
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Ian M
Cairns, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Did the Tour,started in the Museum of history & got the tickets for both & beat the queue into the Castle. On the 5th floor did the Samurai photo,what's $5... Lot's of history & food and drinks on the rooftop overlooking Osaka
Very Cool. We went on a Monday, busy but Ok 7.5/10
Written 1 April 2024
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TF
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Nice castle with some of the old structure to be viewed and admired. Didn't have enough to view all the exhibits and read the materials cos I went inside about 4pm. There are many historical exhibits which are special. My favourites are the old artifacts and the cannon.
Written 29 March 2024
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Josh B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The castle is a lot bigger than I expected. With a beautiful moat around the castle, it's an amazing piece of history with a beautiful structure. Even though it's the 3rd reconstruction of the castle, it's still a sight to see!
Written 29 March 2024
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WorldTravellerSoon
Canada385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We use the Osaka Amazing Pass to visit the castle. We didn't have to line up to buy the ticket.

We went to the observation deck first. You have a nice view of the castle ground, the stone walls and the city.

The museum is quite small and you don't need to spend too much time to complete all levels.

After visiting the castle, we went to the boat cruise (included in Amazing Pass) which is just a few mins walk from the castle.
Written 27 March 2024
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James I
New York City, NY575 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I have very mixed feelings on my trip to Osaka castle. It's not likely you will be staying within walking distance, and aside from the Osaka History museum, there is only much else around to experience when making your way to this area. The grounds themselves are nice to walk around, with the large stones walls and foliage around the moats offering some nice pictures, especially if the trees are blossomed. The line to buy tickets for the castle on sight was insane, so be sure if you plan to go inside, you buy your tickets on line. The QR code provided will get you in much faster, but there was still a bit of a line. The negative comes with the museum inside sadly. It's far, far too tiny for the amount of people visiting and could really benefit from some kind of timed entry system. Every floor consisted of a mass of people moving in a group counterclockwise around the center stairs that you need to use to reach most floors. This led to me only being able to read one or two panels on the upper half of the floors because there was always someone coming up behind you pushing you along. The observation deck was ok but again far too crowded. In all, there also wasnt actually that much information provided and if you think you can at least enjoy walking around inside an old castle, this you also do not experience as it's been rebuilt in the interior on the 1930s and is strictly just a museum. I might recommend visiting the grounds, exploring the gardens and eating some food there, but I'd pass on the museum itself. It was extremely cheap so I'll still give it a 3/5.
Written 27 March 2024
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Darren L
Queenstown, MD848 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Interesting to see the large stone walls, which are actually original. The grounds and castle were impressive to see as well.

Nice stop while walking in Osaka.
Written 20 March 2024
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