Osaka CastleCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0002, Japan
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +81-669413044
- Ticket Price: 600 JPY
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Park, Castle, Family And Kids
Osaka Castle - Review
The castle looms over this 2 kilometres square park. Aside from the 600 cherry trees in Nishinomaru Garden that make it one of Japan's Top 100 hanami parks, there are hundreds of trees that make the park beautiful in every season, especially in autumn. Some things you should check off your list:
- Make sure to stroll by the Ume Grove, and in Omoide-no-mori (Grove of Remembrance).
- See the monument where Toyotomi Hideyori and his mother Yodo-dono committed seppuk.
- Visit the Hokoku Shrine built in honor of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
- Check out the many gardens, including Nishi-no-Maru Garden, Japanese Garden, Plum Garden, Peach garde.
- Walk through the Citizen's Forest, Memorial Forest, Waseda Forest and Forest of Recollections.
Osaka Castle Information
- Parking at Morinomiya Parking.
- Enter through the Otemon Gate at the southwestern corner.
Osaka Castle Ticket Prices
- Garden Entry Fee: ¥200 (¥350- ¥500 during cherry blossom season).
- Castle and Museum Entry: Adults (15+): ¥600, Children 15 and under: Free
- Garden Entry Fee: ¥200 (¥350- ¥500 during cherry blossom season)
Osaka Castle Hours
- Some areas of the park may have restricted hours for entry.
- Last entry at 4:30 pm.
- Opening hours are extended during certain periods in the spring and summer.
- Illumination of the Main Tower happens from sunset to 11:00 pm.
- Garden Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Open uptill 8:00 pm during cherry blossom season).
How To reach Osaka Castle by Public Transport
- Osaka Loop Line stop Osakajokoen Station.
- Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line, Chuo Line stop Morinomiya Station.
- Chuo, Tanimachi Lines stop Tanimachiyonchome Station.
- Bus 10, 21, 31, 46, 62 stop (Tenmabashi).
- Bus 46 stop (Shiromi chome).
Restaurants Near Osaka Castle
- Eatery present with the park.
- Carrying picnic baskets with you is recommended.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Osaka Castle
83.75% of people who visit Osaka include Osaka Castle in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
51.95% of people start their Osaka Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Osaka Castle
81.43% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle, Osaka Reviews
Absolutely beautiful castle. Be sure to give yourself hours of free time to make sure you can finish everything in time. There is a lot of interesting history to read throughout the castle. The top floor has a patio you can walk out to and sight see. (Make sure the day you go it isn’t a really windy day. ) The top floor also has a small gift shop with some goodies :)
Osaka Castle is a place you must see when visiting Osaka. The property is beautiful and it's worth a visit. You can purchase a combination ticket to enter all buildings or just purchase tickets individually. Entrance fees are modest. It's not allowed to take photos of the inside of the Main Tower, only allowed on the top floor/observation area. Everything is clean, there are plenty of resting areas with toilets and vending machines. The souvenir shop prices are modest, though the food/coffee/ice cream prices ate quite high. Nevertheless, a visit worth. It's a breathtaking, beautiful castle.
Impressive castle with access through nice grounds. The castle looks good from the outside with expansive views from the top floor. As with some (most?) other Japanese castles, the inside is fitted out as a modern museum. There are some genuinely interesting exhibits, some nice video exhibits and most of it has English translation. Personally, I would prefer the inside to be more authentic hence only four stars.
Wonderful piece of history lodged in the centre of modern chaos. Being an English speaker I was glad to see so many exhibits had English translations - not quite all, but certainly enough. The external of the building is awesome and takes you back in time. The inside is obviously totally rebuilt to make it suitable for the hoards of modern tourists. The gardens are big and spacious, and possibly the best part is getting out onto the "balcony" that surrounds the top of the building - incredible views.
The exterior of the rebuilt building is definitely impressive, but I'm not sure if I would go inside for the museum. It is basically a very detailed look at a couple of the families of feudal Lords. Interesting, but I'm not sure foreign tourists necessarily need to know quite so much about them. There are some English translations, but not for everything. We didn't get the audio guide, but if you are fully committed to learn about this material and can't read Japanese, it would probably make sense.