大阪城(大坂城) Osaka Castle
- Palace / Castles
- Osaka Castle Area
- Travelko Rating
- Price RangeAdults 600 (JPY)
- ClosedNew Year Holidays
Maps are rarely carried out with accessing from mainland China.
- Osaka Castle Area
- 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 540-0002, Japan
- Palace / Castles
- Opening Hours
- New Year Holidays
- Price Range
- Adults 600 (JPY)
Learning about Japanese history and enjoying the great view
Osaka Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka. Located in central Osaka, it is an easy access on either the Subway Tanimachi line or the JR Osaka loop line. The nearest station is the Osaka - jo Koen station on the JR line, and from there it is around a short 8 minute walk to the main castle. With many signs in English to help guide you in the right direction, it is easy to find your way.
Along the trail to the castle, there are many beautiful parks to stop and take breaks, or even just to have picnics with great views of the castle. In the springtime, during late march or early April, these parks are a great spot for seeing the famous Japanese cherry blossoms. There are also other parks full of plum and peach trees as well as cherry blossoms, so you are welcomed by a colorful and vivid view of the surrounding nature. There are also several street vendors along the path to the castle so one can easily pick up a snack or two if they happen to get hungry.
The castle itself is surrounded by a giant moat, and you need to cross the bridge to get into the castle. The entrance to the castle costs ¥600(JPY), and you can enter the 7 story castle which includes the museum of the castle. The museum is inside of the castle and on every floor. Most visitors make their way to the top lookout floor to witness the spectacular panoramic view of Osaka city before making their way down each floor to see the museum exhibits. The museum tells the full history of Osaka castle and the wars surrounding it. There are 3D reenactment videos in Japanese as well to help tell the stories. The museum also displays old traditional style clothes and armor, and even has a small town designed like the old traditional towns used to be. For ¥300(JPY) you can also get your picture taken while wearing the old traditional style warrior helmets.
The Osaka castle is a great spot for both nationals and foreigners alike, who are interested in learning about the important history of Japan or just simply having a nice picnic with great views in the park.
Osaka Castle is a symbol of Osaka. The castle tower is famous for its huge rocks and wide moats!
Osaka Castle is a MUST-see site in Osaka!
Do you know who built Osaka Castle? Originally the first castle was built at the former Ishiyama Honganji-temple site by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1583. He considered the site ideal for the center of unified Japan because of the good location. After his death Ieyasu Tokugawa won the big battle between the Tokugawa side, the East, and the Toyotomi side, the West in 1615. The castle was completely destroyed and a new castle was recreated on the rubbles of the former one. Tokugawa made the walls twice as solid and the moats twice as deep. 64 western lords were forced to engage in the reconstruction work. Unfortunately the main tower was struck by lightning and razed in 1662.
Since then no construction was done until 1931 when the ferro-concrete reconstruction of the tower was built with the funds raised by Osaka citizens. The amount of the donations amounted to 1.5 million yen, 60 billion yen in current value. Osaka citizens finally built the castle!
The observatory is 50 m high and commands a sweeping view of Osaka city. Inside the castle is a museum which exhibits historical objects and gold-guilt tea room made by Hideyoshi.
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